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2016 Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Travers Stakes
Photo credit: 2012 Travers Stakes - Saratoga, N.Y. by Mike Lizzi | (license)

147th Travers Stakes In Saratoga Springs: Aug 27

TRAVERS STAKES | PURSE: $1.25 MILLION | GRADE 1 | 3-YEAR-OLDS | 1 1/4 MILES Saturday, August 27, marks the Grade 1, $1,250,000 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Dating back to 1864, this one-and-a-quarter-mile "Midsummer Derby" for three year olds is the oldest major thoroughbred race in America -- not to mention one of the biggest events in Saratoga Springs!


2016 Details Coming Soon!

"We have made improvements to Travers Day to keep in line with the creation of our 'must-see' events," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for the New York Racing Association. "We are developing Travers Day into a national event - a mini Breeders' Cup - by increasing the purses for the Personal Ensign and the Forego. By including the Sword Dancer and raising the purse to $1 million we hope to create international involvement in that race." Read more

The much talked about Travers Stakes is undoubtedly the most popular race throughout the Saratoga meet. Saratoga Springs even holds a weeklong Travers Festival leading up to the anticipated event.

Traffic will be heavy, parking might be scarce, and you can expect large crowds all enthusiastically making their way towards the track! Arrive early, pack a hearty breakfast (note: there is NO breakfast at the Track on Travers Day), tote a cooler, bring your favorite wine (see food and drink policies), and plan to make a day of it because you are there to witness the world-famed Travers Day in Saratoga!

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