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It's here, finally! Saratoga has been buzzing all week in anticipation of one of the biggest events of the year: The Travers!

This year is definitely special in comparison to past years, with Triple Crown Winner, American Pharoah, racing in the 146th running of the Travers. With such exciting news comes a lot of changes to take into consideration when heading to the track this weekend! Luckily for you, we've rounded up everything from fantastic celebrations to new security protocols you should be aware of.

Whether this is your first time attending or you're a seasoned vet -- take a look at our Travers roundup: 

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While the thoroughbred racing industry is primarily male dominated, Sheila Rosenblum and her all-female syndicate, Lady Sheila Stable (Jill Zarin, former Real Housewife of New York City is a member!) are breaking the mold. Rosenblum's horse, La Verdad recently won big at  the Honorable Miss Handicap in Saratoga, and will run in the Ballerina stakes on Travers Day. She is also owner of American Pharoah's little sibling, Pioneer of the Nile.

We were lucky enough to speak with Rosenblum about what sparked her passion for thoroughbred racing, the challenges of running an all-female syndicate and her favorite part about visiting Saratoga. Get the scoop! 

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Happy Travers Week, Saratoga! By now I'm sure you've heard the buzz that American Pharoah will be joining us in Spa City for the most anticipated weekend of the year. In addition to the Triple Crown winner's appearance at the track, there are several other exciting events happening this week, as well! Take a look: 

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Don't have a ticket to the Travers but still want to see American Pharoah run at the track? NYRA has invited racing fans from the Capital Region and beyond to watch American Pharoah and fellow Travers contenders work out on the main track at the Saratoga Race Course on Friday, August 28th.

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Finally, a confirmation! Triple Crown Winner, American Pharoah, will run at the Saratoga Race Course in front of a sold-out crowd of 50,000 fans on Saturday, August 29th at the 146th running of the Travers Stakes. 

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Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby & Preakness winner, and racing fan favorite, will return home to Saratoga next week for a visit to the track. 

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If you didn't grab a ticket to Travers Day in time, have no fear! Even if you can't watch the races at the track, that doesn't mean you still can't get out your best hat and celebrate in Spa City! We've rounded up the top Travers Day viewing parties in Saratoga! Take a look:

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Let's all keep our fingers crossed American Pharoah's workout on Sunday goes well! If it does, we may be welcoming the Triple Crown Winner in Saratoga next week... 

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If you've ever attended Whitney Day or Travers Day at the track then you have definitely seen the magnificent floral blankets that are presented to the winner. We had the opportunity to chat with Susan Garrett, a Saratoga Native who will create this year's special floral winner's blanket for the Travers. Could it be a special design for a very special visitor? Read the interview to find out more... 

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Another successful week at the Saratoga Race Course has passed! Take a look at some of the highlights: 

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Photo courtesy of Adam Coglianese

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