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2019 Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Travers Stakes

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

150th Runhappy Travers In Saratoga Springs: Aug 24, 2019

TRAVERS STAKES | PURSE: $1.25 MILLION | GRADE 1 | 3-YEAR-OLDS | 1 1/4 MILES

  • Date: Saturday, August 24
  • Gates Open: 7:00 am
  • First Post Time: 11:35 am
  • General/Grandstand Admission: $10 in advance, $15 day-of
  • Clubhouse Admission: $25
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The Grade 1 Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course will be run on August 24, 2019. 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!

2019 Travers Day Featured Races:

A stacked line-up of popular stakes races and huge purse hikes will make the 2019 Travers Day a can't-miss event!

  • Runhappy Travers (G1) $1,250,000 -- 150th running of the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds
  • Sword Dancer (G1) $850,000
  • Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti (G1) $700,000
  • Forego presented by Encore Boston Harbor (G1) $600,000
  • H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy (G1) $500,000
  • Ketel One Ballerina (G1) $500,000
  • Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (G2) $400,000

2019 Travers Stakes Draw

This information is current as of 8/21/19.

Position
Horse
Odds
Jockey
Trainer
1
Owendale
6-1
Florent Geroux
Brad Cox
2
Code of Honor
4-1
John Velazquez
Shug McGaughey
3
Highest Honors
10-1
Luis Saez
Chad Brown
4
Laughing Fox
30-1
Ricardo Santana Jr.
Steve Asmussen
5
Everfast
30-1
Martin Chuan
Dale Romans
6
Tacitus
5-2
Jose Ortiz
Bill Mott
7
Mucho Gusto
6-1
Joe Talamo
Bob Baffert
8
Chess Chief
30-1
Mike Smith
Dallas Stewart
9
Looking At Bikinis
10-1
Javier Castellano
Chad Brown
10
Scars Are Cool
30-1
Tyler Gaffalione
Stanley Hough
11
Endorsed
15-1
Joel Rosario
Kiaran McLaughlin
12
Tax
6-1
Irad Ortiz Jr.
Danny Gargan

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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