Travers Stakes

‘Blossoming’ Tax, Distance-Bred Endorsed On Target For Travers

R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable’s Tax breezed a half-mile in a bullet 47.33 seconds on Friday morning in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, slated for Saturday, August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. The 1 1/4-mile Travers is the centerpiece of a card featuring […]

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Travers Notes: Owendale To Do Final Prep At Churchill, Tacitus To Work This Weekend

Rupp Racing’s Owendale will have one final work in Kentucky before travelling to Saratoga next week for the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, trainer Brad Cox said Thursday morning. The Runhappy Travers will be run on Saturday, August 24 as the centerpiece of a card featuring seven stakes and six Grade 1s, […]

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Game Winner Out Of Travers With A Virus

Gary and Mary West’s multiple graded-stakes winner Game Winner will miss his next scheduled start in the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers due to a virus, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. “We’re still absorbing the disappointment,” said Baffert. “He’s going to be fine, but it’s the timing.” Game Winner posted […]

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Servis: Maximum Security ‘Not 100 Percent,’ To Skip Travers In Favor Of PA Derby

Trainer Jason Servis said today that multiple Grade 1 winner Maximum Security will skip the Travers Stakes on Aug. 24 at Saratoga to point to the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 21 because the Haskell Invitational and Florida Derby winner “still is not 100 percent.” “I don’t like where he’s at. He’s not eating the way […]

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Maximum Security ‘Not There Yet,’ But Targeting Either Travers Or Pennsylvania Derby

Gary and Mary West’s multiple graded-stakes winner Maximum Security breezed four furlongs in 54 seconds flat on August 7 at Monmouth Park as he continues preparations for his next start in either the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course or the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on […]

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Maximum Security Gets ‘Some Air’ At Monmouth; Next Race Still Undecided

TVG.com Haskell Invitational winner Maximum Security, whose next start is still to be determined, went a two-minute mile on Wednesday morning at Monmouth Park, with clockers catching the multiple Grade 1 winner in :54.00 for four furlongs. Trainer Jason Servis said he would “probably decide Aug. 19 or 20,” on Maximum Security’s next race. The Travers […]

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‘Singing In The Rain’: Remembering Birdstone’s Travers Victory

The New York Racing Association is presenting a series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. “In Their Own Words” will feature prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Mid-Summer Derby.” Marylou Whitney, […]

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In Their Own Words: A Personal Loss, An Emotional Win For Chris McCarron

The New York Racing Association is presenting a series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. “In Their Own Words” will feature prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Mid-Summer Derby.” I was […]

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Jim Dandy Top Two Tax, Tactitus Join Prospective Field For Travers

All was well with Tax following his second graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, where he broke on top and led the race into the first turn but was passed up by War of Will at the quarter-mile mark. Around the far turn, Tax was back in command and […]

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Code Of Honor May Bypass Jim Dandy, Train Up To Travers

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said Code of Honor will more than likely bypass the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets in favor of training up to the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24. Owned by William S. Farish, Code of Honor was a recent winner of the Grade 3 […]

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