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!

Note: NYRA has yet to announce the 2018 Travers Day Featured Races and the 2018 Travers Stakes Draw. We will update this page once that information is made available. For an idea of what to expect, see the 2017 details below.

2017 Travers Day Featured Races:

A stacked line-up of popular stakes races and huge purse hikes will make the 2017 Travers Day a can't-miss event!

  • Travers presented by NYRA Bets (G1) $1,250,000 -- 148th 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
  • Ketel One Ballerina (G1) $500,000
  • Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (G2) $400,000

2017 Travers Stakes Draw

This information is current as of 8/23/17.

Position
Horse
Odds
Jockey
Trainer
1
Cloud Computing
8-1
Javier Castellano
Chad Brown
2
Giuseppe the Great
20-1
Tyler Gaffalione
Nick Zito
3
West Coast
4-1
Mike Smith
Bob Baffert
4
Tapwrit
7-2
Jose Ortiz
Todd Pletcher
5
Good Samaritan
5-1
Joel Roasrio
Bill Mott
6
Girvin
10-1
Robby Albarado
Joe Sharp
7
Always Dreaming
6-1
John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
8
Lookin at Lee
30-1
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Steve Asmussen
9
McCracken
12-1
Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Ian Wilmes
10
Irap
8-1
Mario Gutierrez
Doug O'Neill
11
Gunnevera
20-1
Edgard Zayas
Antonio Sano
12
Fayeq
30-1
Luis Saez
Kiaran McLaughlin

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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