mid-summer derby

Tenfold A ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Winchell, Asmussen Connections

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Gun Runner came to Saratoga last summer and firmly established his Horse of the Year credentials with back-to-back Grade 1 victories in the Whitney and Woodward, two of racing’s most prestigious races for older horses. On Saturday, Ron Winchell will take aim at Saratoga’s premiere prize for 3-year-olds, the Grade 1 Travers, with […]

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Travers Works: Good Magic ‘Couldn’t Have Done Any Better,’ Wonder Gadot ‘Sharp’

Multiple Grade 1 winner Good Magic, the probable favorite for next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, turned in a scintillating five-furlong breeze in 1:00.44 Friday morning in preparation for the Mid-Summer Derby at Saratoga Race Course. The Curlin colt is looking to become the first juvenile champion since Street Sense (2006) to win the 1 ¼ mile Travers, […]

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Four-Time Travers Winner ‘Big Money Mike’ Voted Jockey Of The Week

Multiple graded stakes winning jockey and master of the Travers Stakes, Mike Smith is the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the week ending August 27, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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Ehalt: ‘Saratoga Showdown Has Propelled West Coast To The Head Of The Division’

Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga was supposed to help Eclipse Award voters narrow down the 3-year-old male division. It was the first time in 35 years that all three Triple Crown race winners got together in the Mid-Summer Derby, and, mirroring that 1982 running, none of the three crossed the finish line in front. Instead, […]

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West Coast Ships East To Lead Travers Field Wire-To-Wire

Gary and Mary West’s 3-year-old colt West Coast took the lead out of the gate in Saturday’s Grade 1 Travers Stakes, fending off a pair of challengers in the lane and drawing away late to win by 3 1/4 lengths. The son of Flatter, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, covered 1 […]

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Belmont Winner Tapwrit Draws Post 4, Installed As 7-2 Favorite For Travers

Attracting all three winners of the year’s Triple Crown races for the first time since 1982, and only the second time in the Mid-Summer Derby’s storied tradition, Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming, Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing, and Belmont Stakes hero Tapwrit will step into the starting gate in the 148th running of the Grade […]

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Cloud Computing Confirmed; All Three Triple Crown Race Winners To Enter Mid-Summer Derby

Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Monday morning that Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Grade 1 Preakness winner Cloud Computing will enter the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, on Saturday, August 26 at Saratoga. By Maclean’s Music, a son of multiple graded stakes winner Distorted Humor, Cloud Computing impressively won his debut […]

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Travers: Mott ‘Pleased’ With Good Samaritan’s Final Breeze, Gunnevera Arrives At Saratoga

Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner Good Samaritan turned in in his last breeze Sunday before his start in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers presented by NYRA Bets. The Harlan’s Holiday colt flashed a strong 1:01.65 for five furlongs over the Oklahoma training track with regular exercise rider Juan Quintero aboard. The work, in tandem with Boule, a filly in […]

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Always Dreaming ‘Ready To Fire His Best Race’ In Travers

Trainer Todd Pletcher saw three of his potential starters in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers breeze early Friday morning, with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming going four furlongs in 49.60 seconds on the Oklahoma training track in company with Outplay and Belmont Stakes-winner Tapwrit also working a half-mile on the same track in 50.24 […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Travers Winners, Where Are They Now?

The venerable Travers Stakes has produced countless stories and memorable moments in its 146 years. The 147th running of the “Mid-Summer Derby” looks like it could live up to the tradition created by all those previous winners. In our latest edition of Lost and Found presented by Horseware, let’s find out what some of the […]

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