Jose Ortiz celebrates winning the Belmont Stakes aboard Tapwrit

Jose Ortiz celebrates winning the Belmont Stakes aboard Tapwrit

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Tapwrit Favored on Travers Morning Line

Son of Tapit is unraced since Belmont Stakes (G1) win.

Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) winner Tapwrit, who has been cooling his heels since his classic triumph, was installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite in the field of a dozen sophomores entered for an exceptionally deep edition the $1.25 million Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 26.

With parity the name of the game for the 3-year-old males this season, Tapwrit is one of a fistful of contenders who could emerge this Saturday with a long-awaited grasp on divisional leadership. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Tapit  is set to break from post 4 and will be joined in the gate for the 1 1/4-mile test by stablemate and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming, and by Preakness Stakes (G1) victor Cloud Computing.

The latter two were defeated by Good Samaritan in the July 29 Jim Dandy Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G2), with Always Dreaming coming home third after setting the pace and Cloud Computing fading to fifth. Always Dreaming is expected to be the lone speed again Saturday out of post 7 and was installed at 6-1 on the morning-line.

Despite Girvin's triumph in the July 30 Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), that son of Tale of Ekati  sits at 10-1 on the morning line with second-choice favoritism going to Bob Baffert trainee West Coast, who was installed at 4-1 odds in the wake of his victory in the July 15 Los Alamitos Derby (G3).

1. Cloud Computing (8-1)

2. Giuseppe the Great (20-1)

3. West Coast (4-1)

4. Tapwrit (7-2)

5. Good Samaritan (5-1)

6. Girvin (10-1)

7.  Always Dreaming (6-1)

8. Lookin At Lee (30-1)

9. McCraken (12-1)

10.  Irap (8-1)

11. Gunnevera (20-1)

12. Fayeq (30-1)