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

The Grade 1, $1,250,000 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course will be run on August 27, 2016. 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 Travers Day Featured Races:

A stacked line-up of popular stakes races and huge purse hikes will make the 2016 Travers Day an even bigger draw this year.

  • The Travers (G1) $1,250,000 -- 147th running of the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds
  • Longines Sword Dancer (G1) $1,000,000
  • Personal Ensign (G1) $750,000
  • The Priority One Jets Forego (G1) $700,000
  • Ketel One King’s Bishop (G1) $500,000
  • Ballerina (G1) $500,000
  • Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (G2) $400,000

2016 Travers Stakes Draw

This information is current as of 8/24/16

Position Horse Odds Jockey
1 Arrogate 10-1 Mike Smith
2 American Freedom 6-1 Rafael Bejarano
3 My Man Sam 20-1 Manny Franco
4 Governor Malibu 12-1 Joel Rosario
5 Forever d'Oro 30-1 Luis Saez
6 Anaximandros 50-1 Leonel Reyes
7 Exaggerator 3-1 Kent Desormeaux
8 Destin 10-1 Javier Castellano
9 Gift Box 12-1 Junior Alvarado
10 Connect 4-1 John Velazquez
11 Majesto 30-1 Ricardo Santana, Jr.
12 Creator 15-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
13 Laoban 15-1 Jose Ortiz
14 Gun Runner 10-1 Florent Geroux

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 Travers Day in Saratoga!

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