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2018 Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Travers Stakes

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

149th Travers Stakes In Saratoga Springs: Aug 25, 2018

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 25, 2018. 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!

2018 Travers Day Featured Races:

A stacked line-up of popular stakes races and huge purse hikes will make the 2018 Travers Day a can't-miss event!

  • Travers (G1) $1,250,000 -- 149th running of the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds
  • Sword Dancer (G1) $1,000,000
  • Personal Ensign (G1) $700,000
  • Forego (G1) $600,000
  • H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1) $500,000
  • Ballerina (G1) $500,000
  • Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (G2) $400,000

2018 Travers Stakes Draw

This information is current as of 8/22/18.

Position
Horse
Odds
Jockey
Trainer
1
Trigger Warning
30-1
Irwin Rosendo
Mike Rone
2
Wonder Gadot
5-1
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Mark Casse
3
Gronkowski
4-1
Joel Rosario
Chad Brown
4
Bravazo
12-1
Luis Saez
D. Wayne Lukas
5
Vino Rosso
10-1
John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
6
Meistermind
30-1
Manny Franco
Steve Asmussen
7
King Zachary
15-1
Robby Albarado
Dale Romans
8
Mendelssohn
12-1
Ryan Moore
Aidan O'Brien
9
Good Magic
2-1
Jose Ortiz
Chad Brown
10
Tenfold
8-1
Rafael Santana, Jr.
Steve Asmussen
11
Catholic Boy
8-1
Javier Castellano
Jonathan Thomas

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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