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2015 Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course

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

146th Travers Stakes In Saratoga Springs: Aug 29

TRAVERS STAKES | PURSE: $1.25 MILLION | GRADE 1 | 3-YEAR-OLDS | 1 1/4 MILES Saturday, August 29, 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!


A stacked line-up of popular stakes races and huge purse hikes will make the 2015 Travers Day an even bigger draw this year.

  • The Travers (G1) $1,250,000 -- 146th running of the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds
    • Note: The purse will be increased to $1,600,000 if American Pharoah runs
  • Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) $1,000,000
  • Personal Ensign (G1) $750,000
  • Forego (G1) $700,000
  • King’s Bishop (G1) $500,000
  • The Ballerina (G1) $500,000
  • Ballston Spa (G2) $400,000

2015 Travers Stakes Draw

This information is current as of 8/26/15

Position Horse Odds Jockey
1 Upstart 15-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
2 American Pharoah 1-5 Victor Espinoza
3 Mid Ocean 50-1 Manny Franco
4 Texas Red 8-1 Kent Desormeaux
5 Frammento 30-1 Jose Ortiz
6 Frosted 6-1 Joel Rosario
7 Keen Ice 12-1 Javier Castellano
8 Tale of Verve 30-1 Gary Stevens
9 King of New York 50-1 Julien Leparoux
10 Smart Transition 20-1 John Velazquez

"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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