We would like to extend a big congratulations to the 2011 Travers Stakes winner, STAY THIRSTY, jockey Javier Castellano and everyone else who was smart enough to place their bets on him and win some money in this year’s Travers race!
3-year-old Stay Thirsty has had an inpressive career with many 1st and 2nd placements, including winning the Jim Dandy last month here in Saratoga and coming in 2nd in the Belmont Stakes back in June. Now winning the 2011 Travers Stakes is one more to add to the list!
But I guess this pair wasn’t hard to pick, especially since they both have winners blood running through their veins. Jockey Castellano also won last year’s Travers Stakes on the back of Afleet Express, who was Stay Thirsty’s father, or sire.
The race to the finish at the 2011 Travers Day in Saratoga was literally like watching the definition of the phrase, “He stole the show.” People kind of watched more silently because it was not neck and neck approaching the finish line, but rather Stay Thirsty bolted to the lead in the final stretch and kind of ran away with it. I like the way Horse Racing Nation described it best, for those who missed the excitement and want to imagine they are watching it live:
Leaving from post position 9 as the 5-2 favorite, Stay Thirsty found himself on the lead between horses as the field of 10 barreled toward the first turn and through an opening quarter in 23.45 seconds. Eased back by Javier Castellano into second as Preakness winner Shackleford took over through a half in 47.63 and three-quarters in 1:11.91, Stay Thirsty ranged up to challenge for the lead on the far turn and spun into the stretch with a lead that was never seriously threatened.
Were you there to see Stay Thirsty steal the show as the 2011 Travers Stakes Winner? What do you think of his name? I wonder if it was inspired by that old guy on those Dos Equis beer commercials… Stay Thirsty, my friends!