Travers Stakes

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Travers Stakes
Grade 1 race
Travers Stakes logo
LocationSaratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, N.Y., USA
Race typeThoroughbred
Race information
Distance1 14 miles (10 Furlongs)
Qualification3-year-old American-bred
WeightColt/Gelding: 126 lb (57 kg)
Filly: 121 lb (55 kg)
PurseUS $1.25 million
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Travers Stakes
Grade 1 race
Travers Stakes logo
LocationSaratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, N.Y., USA
Race typeThoroughbred
Race information
Distance1 14 miles (10 Furlongs)
Qualification3-year-old American-bred
WeightColt/Gelding: 126 lb (57 kg)
Filly: 121 lb (55 kg)
PurseUS $1.25 million

The Travers Stakes is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race held at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. First held in 1864, it was named for William R. Travers, the president of the old Saratoga Racing Association. His horse, Kentucky, won the first running of the Travers. The race was not run in 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1911, and 1912.

The field for the Travers is limited to three-year-olds, Colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds (57 kg) and fillies carrying 123 pounds (56 kg) and since 1999 the purse has been $1,000,000. The race is the highlight of the summer race meeting at Saratoga, just as the Belmont Stakes is the highlight of the spring meeting at Belmont Park.

The Travers has been run at four different distances:

145th Running was run on Saturday, August 23, 2014 with a purse of $1,250,000 at the established distance of 1 14 miles on the dirt track.

Notable moments[edit]

In 1941, Whirlaway became the only horse ever to win the "superfecta" of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and the Travers.

In 1962, arguably the greatest Travers in history took place. Jaipur won by a nose-bob in track record time over the arguably more talented Ridan after a long, head-to-head battle over the entire mile and a quarter. Still written and talked about today, the race is listed in the 2006 book Horse Racing's Top 100 Moments written by the staff of Blood-Horse Publications. The race result determined which colt would be named the 1962 U.S. Champion 3-Year-Old Horse.

In 1982, Runaway Groom, the Champion Canadian Three year old, trained by John DiMario, arrived at the Saratoga backstretch after a grueling season competing in the Canadian Triple Crown, winning the Prince of Wales Stakes, the Breeders' Stakes, and finishing second in the Queen's Plate. At the Travers that year, Runaway Groom became the only horse in racing history to beat the Kentucky Derby winner Gato Del Sol, the Preakness Stakes winner Aloma's Ruler, and the Belmont Stakes winner Conquistador Cielo in the same race.

The 1997 Travers was another of the memorable races in its history, as it saw U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockeys Jerry Bailey and Chris McCarron (aboard Behrens and Deputy Commander respectively) in a home-stretch duel wherein Deputy Commander prevailed. Adding to the drama was a thunderstorm which produced hail 24 hours before the race, and the uncertainty around whether or not McCarron would be present after the recent death of his mother.[1]

On the day that Point Given won the Travers (August 25, 2001), it was a record Travers Stakes day attendance of 60,486. The race, dubbed the "Midsummer Derby," achieved a total betting handle of $34,529,273. This was also a Saratoga record.

On August 25, 2012, two horses, Alpha and Golden Ticket, tied for first place, making the race a dead heat. Following the race, two jockey statues were painted and two canoes were put in the pond.

1921 Travers Stakes[edit]

The 1921 Travers Stakes is known for a betting scandal. In those days, bookmaking rather than parimutuel wagering was the primary method of taking bets on horse races.

The original field was fairly light with the favorite, the filly Prudery, owned by Harry Payne Whitney, facing no serious competition. Then Arnold Rothstein entered his colt, Sporting Blood, ostensibly to pick up second place. A few days before the race, however, Rothstein had learned that Prudery was off her feed. He knew he might have a real chance to win.

Initially, the odds on the filly were 1-4 while Rothstein's colt was at 5-2. On the day of the race, however, a leading three-year old, Grey Lag, was entered by trainer Sam Hildreth. Grey Lag immediately became the favorite, with Prudery the second choice, driving the odds on Sporting Blood up to 3-1. Rothstein bet $150,000 on his horse.

Just before post time, Grey Lag was scratched with no explanation. During the race, Sporting Blood overtook the ailing Prudery gaining his owner nearly a half million dollars, including wagers and the purse.

Although many smelled foul play, it was never proven that Hildreth received any payoff or that there was a conspiracy between him and Rothstein.

Travers Trophy[edit]

The trophy, known as the Man o' War Cup, was designed by Tiffany and Co. Its namesake, Man o' War, won this race in 1920. The wife of owner Samuel Riddle donated the trophy as the permanent award for winning the race. A gold-plated replica, manufactured by the Craig Frankenhoffer Association for Jib Artistry, is presented to the winner each year by a member of the Riddle family.[2][3]

Travers Canoe[edit]

Since 1961, the colors of the Travers winner have been painted onto a canoe which sits on a pond in the infield. The canoe itself has been a fixture at the track since 1926.[4]


On July 18, 2006, the New York State Lottery announced its sponsorship of the Travers Stakes.[5]

On March 20, 2008 NYRA announced that Shadwell Farm was going to sponsor for 2008 and 2009 the Travers Stakes and Suburban Handicap [6] Accordingly the event was listed for 2008 as 139th Travers as presented by Shadwell Farm


Speed record: (at current distance of 1 14 miles)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Travers Stakes since 1864[edit]

2014V. E. Day3Javier CastellanoJames A. JerkensMagalen Bryant1-1/42:02.98I
2013Will Take Charge3Luis SaezD. Wayne LukasWillis D. Horton1-1/42:02.68I
Golden Ticket
3Ramon Dominguez
David Cohen
Kiaran McLaughlin
Ken McPeek
Godolphin Stables, LLC
Magic City Thoroughbreds, LLC
2011Stay Thirsty3Javier CastellanoTodd PletcherRepole Stable1-1/42:03.03I
2010Afleet Express3Javier CastellanoJames A. JerkensGainesway Farm1-1/42:03.28I
2009Summer Bird3Kent DesormeauxTim IceKalarikkal & Vilasini Jayaraman1-1/42:02.83I
2008Colonel John3Garrett K. GomezEoin G. HartyWinStar Farm1-1/42:03.20I
2007Street Sense3Calvin BorelCarl NafzgerJames B. Tafel1-1/42:02.69I
2006Bernardini3Javier CastellanoThomas AlbertraniDarley Stable1-1/42:01.60I
2005Flower Alley3John VelazquezTodd A. PletcherMelnyk Racing Stables1-1/42:02.76I
2004Birdstone3Edgar PradoNick ZitoMarylou Whitney Stables1-1/42:02.45I
2003Ten Most Wanted3Pat DayWallace DollaseJ. Paul Reddam1-1/42:02.14I
2002Medaglia d'Oro3Jerry BaileyRobert J. FrankelEdmund A. Gann1-1/42:02.53I
2001Point Given3Gary StevensBob BaffertThe Thoroughbred Corp.1-1/42:01.40I
2000Unshaded3Shane SellersCarl NafzgerJames B. Tafel1-1/42:02.59I
1999Lemon Drop Kid3Jose SantosFlint S. SchulhoferJeanne G. Vance1-1/42:02.00I
1998Coronado's Quest3Mike E. SmithC. R. McGaughey IIIStuart S. Janney III1-1/42:03.40I
1997Deputy Commander3Chris McCarronWallace DollaseHorizon Stable1-1/42:04.00I
1996Will's Way3Jorge F. ChavezH. James BondWilliam Clifton, Jr.1-1/42:02.40I
1995Thunder Gulch3Gary StevensD. Wayne LukasMichael Tabor1-1/42:03.40I
1994Holy Bull3Mike E. SmithWarren A. Croll, Jr.Warren A. Croll, Jr.1-1/42:02.00I
1993Sea Hero3Jerry BaileyMacKenzie MillerRokeby Stable1-1/42:01.80I
1992Thunder Rumble3Herb McCauleyRichard O'ConnellBraeburn Farm1-1/42:00.99I
1991Corporate Report3Chris McCarronD. Wayne LukasWilliam T. Young1-1/42:01.20I
1990Rhythm3Craig PerretC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps1-1/42:02.60I
1989Easy Goer3Pat DayC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps1-1/42:00.80I
1988Forty Niner3Chris McCarronWoody StephensClaiborne Farm1-1/42:01.40I
1987Java Gold3Pat DayMacKenzie MillerRokeby Stable1-1/42:02.00I
1986Wise Times3Jerry BaileyPhil GleavesRussell L. Reineman Stables1-1/42:03.40I
1985Chief's Crown3Angel Cordero, Jr.Roger LaurinStar Crown Stables1-1/42:01.20I
1984Carr de Naskra3Laffit Pincay, Jr.Richard J. LundyVirginia Kraft Payson1-1/42:02.60I
1983Play Fellow3Pat DayHarvey L. VanierCarl Lauer1-1/42:01.00I
1982Runaway Groom3Jeffrey FellJohn DiMarioAlbert J. Coppola1-1/42:02.60I
1981Willow Hour3Eddie MapleJames E. PicouMarcia W. Schott1-1/42:03.60I
1980Temperence Hill3Eddie MapleJoseph B. CanteyLoblolly Stable1-1/42:02.80I
1979General Assembly3Jacinto VasquezLeroy JolleyBertram R. Firestone1-1/42:00.00I
1978Alydar3Jorge VelasquezJohn M. VeitchCalumet Farm1-1/42:02.00I
1977Jatski3Sam MapleWilliam ColeWilliam Murray1-1/42:01.60I
1976Honest Pleasure3Craig PerretLeroy JolleyBertram R. Firestone1-1/42:00.20I
1975Wajima3Braulio BaezaStephen A. DiMauroEast-West Stable1-1/42:02.00I
1974Holding Pattern3Michael MiceliJames J. Sarner, Jr.John Gerbas, Jr.1-1/42:05.20I
1973Annihilate 'Em3Ron TurcotteDouglas Davis, Jr.Patricia B. Blass1-1/42:02.40I
1972Key To The Mint3Braulio BaezaJ. Elliott BurchRokeby Stable1-1/42:01.20
1971Bold Reason3Laffit Pincay, Jr.Angel Penna, Sr.William A. Levin1-1/42:02.40
1970Loud3Jacinto VasquezJames W. MaloneyWilliam Haggin Perry1-1/42:01.00
1969Arts and Letters3Braulio BaezaJ. Elliott BurchRokeby Stable1-1/42:01.60
1968Chompion3Jean CruguetIvor G. BaldingC. V. Whitney1-1/42:04.80
1967Damascus3Bill ShoemakerFrank Y. Whiteley, Jr.Edith W. Bancroft1-1/42:01.60
1966Buckpasser3Braulio BaezaEdward A. NeloyOgden Phipps1-1/42:01.60
1965Hail To All3Johnny SellersEddie YowellZelda Cohen1-1/42:02.20
1964Quadrangle3Manuel YcazaJ. Elliott BurchRokeby Stable1-1/42:04.40
1963Crewman3Eric GuerinBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.1-1/42:20.40
1962Jaipur3Bill ShoemakerBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.1-1/42:01.60
1961Beau Prince3Steve BrooksHorace A. JonesCalumet Farm1-1/42:03.00
1960Tompion3Bill HartackJohn J. Greely, Jr.C. V. Whitney1-1/42:03.40
1959Sword Dancer3Manuel YcazaJ. Elliott BurchBrookmeade Stable1-1/42:04.20
1958Piano Jim3Bobby UsseryOscar WhiteSarah F. Jeffords1-1/42:05.80
1957Gallant Man3Bill ShoemakerJohn A. NerudRalph Lowe1-1/42:04.00
1956Oh Johnny3Hedley WoodhouseNorman R. McLeodMrs. Wallace Gilroy1-1/42:06.20
1955Thinking Cap3Paul J. BaileyHenry S. ClarkChristiana Stable1-1/42:06.40
1954Fisherman3Hedley WoodhouseSylvester VeitchC. V. Whitney1-1/42:06.00
1953Native Dancer3Eric GuerinWilliam C. WinfreyAlfred G. Vanderbilt II1-1/42:05.60
1952One Count3Eric GuerinOscar WhiteSarah F. Jeffords1-1/42:07.40
1951Battlefield3Eddie ArcaroBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.1-1/42:06.20
1950Lights Up3George HettingerBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.1-1/42:03.00
1949Arise3Con ErricoJames C. BentleyAddison Stable1-1/42:06.20
1948Ace Admiral3Ted AtkinsonJames W. SmithMaine Chance Farm1-1/42:05.00
1947Young Peter3Thomas MayGeorge M. OdomCornelia Gerry1-1/42:06.20
1946Natchez3Ted AtkinsonOscar WhiteSarah F. Jeffords1-1/42:08.00
1945Adonis3Conn McCrearyWillie BoothWilliam G. Helis1-1/42:02.80
1944By Jimminy3Eddie ArcaroJames W. SmithAlfred P. Parker1-1/42:03.40
1943Eurasian3Steve BrooksSol RutchickMill River Stable1-1/42:03.80
1942Shut Out3Eddie ArcaroJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable1-1/42:04.40
1941Whirlaway3Alfred RobertsonBen A. JonesCalumet Farm1-1/42:05.80
1940Fenelon3James StoutJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud1-1/42:04.40
1939Eight Thirty3Harry RichardsBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.1-1/42:06.60
1938Thanksgiving3Eddie ArcaroMax HirschMrs. Parker Corning1-1/42:03.60
1937Burning Star3Wayne D. WrightJohn J. GreelyShandon Farm1-1/42:04.80
1936Granville3James StoutJim FitzsimmonsBelair Stud1-1/42:05.80
1935Gold Foam3Silvio CoucciJ. M. MilburnStarmount Stable1-1/42:04.60
1934Observant3Lee HumphriesMax HirschMorton L. Schwartz1-1/42:05.60
1933Inlander3Robert JonesRobert A. SmithBrookmeade Stable1-1/42:08.00
1932War Hero3John GilbertGeorge ConwayGlen Riddle Farm1-1/42:05.80
1931Twenty Grand3Linus McAteeJames G. Rowe, Jr.Greentree Stable1-1/42:04.60
1930Jim Dandy3Frank BakerJames B. McKeeChaffee Earl1-1/42:08.00
1929Beacon Hill3Alfred RobertsonJames G. Rowe, Jr.Harry P. Whitney1-1/42:04.20
1928Petee-Wrack3Steve O'DonnellWillie BoothJohn R. Macomber1-1/42:08.00
1927Brown Bud3Laverne FatorA. GuntherFrederick Johnson1-1/42:05.60
1926Mars3Frank ColtilettiScott P. HarlanSarah F. Jeffords1-1/42:04.60
1925Dangerous3Clarence KummerWilliam B. DukeGifford A. Cochran1-1/42:10.80
1924Sun Flag3Frank KeoghCarroll H. ShillingGifford A. Cochran1-1/42:04.40
1923Wilderness3Benny MarinelliThomas J. HealeyRichard T. Wilson, Jr.1-1/42:04.00
1922Little Chief3Laverne FatorSam HildrethRancocas Stable1-1/42:13.40
1921Sporting Blood3Lucien LykeWillie BoothRedstone Stable1-1/42:05.80
1920Man o' War3Andy SchuttingerLouis FeustelGlen Riddle Farm1-1/42:01.80
1919Hannibal3Lavelle EnsorThomas J. HealeyRichard T. Wilson, Jr.1-1/42:02.80
1918Sun Briar3William KnappHenry McDanielWillis Sharpe Kilmer1-1/42:03.20
1917Omar Khayyam3James ButwellRichard F. CarmenWilfrid Viau1-1/42:08.80
1916Spur3Johnny LoftusJames H. McCormickJames Butler1-1/42:05.00
1915Lady Rotha3Mack GarnerA. J. GoldsboroughAndrew Miller1-1/42:11.40
1914Roamer3James H. ButwellA. J. GoldsboroughAndrew Miller1-1/42:04.00
1913Rock View3Thomas McTaggartLouis FeustelAugust Belmont, Jr.1-1/42:06.60
1912No Race-No RaceNo RaceNo Raceno race0:00.00
1911No Race-No RaceNo RaceNo Raceno race0:00.00
1910Dalmatian3Carroll H. ShillingSam HildrethSam Hildreth1-1/42:10.00
1909Hilarious3Richard ScovilleJames G. Rowe, Sr.James R. Keene1-1/42:06.00
1908Dorante3J. LeeRollie Colston, Jr.F. A. Forsythe1-1/42:09.60
1907Frank Gill3Joe NotterJ. I. SmithJ. L. McGinnis1-1/42:07.00
1906Gallavant3Walter MillerThomas J. HealeyRichard T. Wilson, Jr.1-1/42:08.20
1905Dandelion3Willie ShawJohn E. MaddenFrank R. Hitchock1-1/42:08.00
1904Broomstick3Thomas H. BurnsRobert TuckerSamuel S. Brown1-1/42:06.80
1903Ada Nay3Frank O'NeillA. Jack JoynerJames B. A. Haggin1-1/81:57.00
1902Hermis3Ted RiceJohn H. McCormackH. M. Ziegler1-1/81:54.80
1901Blues3Willie ShawThomas WelchC. Fleischmann Sons1-1/81:56.60
1900No Race-No RaceNo RaceNo Raceno race0:00.00
1899No Race-No RaceNo RaceNo Raceno race0:00.00
1898No Race-No RaceNo RaceNo Raceno race0:00.00
1897Rensselaer3Fred TaralHenry HarrisJohn E. McDonald1-1/81:56.60
1896No Race-No RaceNo RaceNo Raceno race0:00.00
1895Liza3Henry GriffinJohn HugginsPierre Lorillard IV1-1/81:55.50
1894Henry of Navarre3Fred TaralByron McClellandByron McClelland1-1/42:10.25
1893Stowaway3Lawrence McDermottH. H. BrandtWoodland Stable1-1/42:10.75
1892Azra3Alonzo ClaytonJohn H. MorrisBashford Manor Stable1-1/22:43.75
1891Vallera3R. WilliamsEnoch WishardScoggan Bros1-1/22:49.00
1890Sir John3Marty BergenFrank McCabeDwyer Brothers Stable1-1/22:39.00
1889Long Dance3Shelby "Pike" BarnesG. M. RyeG. M. Rye1-3/43:08.75
1888Sir Dixon3Jim McLaughlinFrank McCabeDwyer Brothers Stable1-3/43:07.75
1887Carey3Harry BlaylockEdward CorriganEdward Corrigan1-3/43:17.75
1886Inspector B.3Jim McLaughlinFrank McCabeDwyer Brothers Stable1-3/43:10.25
1885Bersan3John SpellmanGreen B. MorrisGreen B. Morris1-3/43:08.25
1884Rataplan3William FitzpatrickF. MidgeleyNorman W. Kittson1-3/43:07.50
1883Barnes3Jim McLaughlinJames G. Rowe, Sr.Dwyer Brothers Stable1-3/43:18.00
1882Carley3George QuantrellH. WelchA. Burnham1-3/43:28.75
1881Hindoo3Jim McLaughlinJames G. Rowe, Sr.Dwyer Brothers Stable1-3/43:07.50
1880Grenada3Lloyd HughesR. Wyndham WaldenGeorge L. Lorillard1-3/43:12.50
1879Falsetto3Isaac Burns MurphyEli JordanJ. W. Hunt Reynolds1-3/43:09.25
1878Duke of Magenta3Lloyd HughesR. Wyndham WaldenGeorge L. Lorillard1-3/43:08.00
1877Baden-Baden3Tom SayresJames WilliamsWilliam Astor, Jr.1-3/43:15.50
1876Sultana3William HaywardJ. McClellandAugust Belmont1-3/43:15.50
1875D'Artagnan3George BarbeeJ. B. PryorJ. A. Grinstead1-3/43:06.50
1874Attila3George BarbeeWilliam PryorPierre Lorillard IV1-3/43:09.50
1873Tom Bowling3Robert SwimAnsel WilliamsonHal Price McGrath1-3/43:09.75
1872Joe Daniels3James G. Rowe, Sr.David McDanielDavid McDaniel1-3/43:08.25
1871Harry Bassett3W. MillerDavid McDanielDavid McDaniel1-3/43:21.60
1870Kingfisher3Charles MillerRollie ColstonDaniel Swigert1-3/43:15.25
1869Glenelg3Charles MillerJacob PincusAugust Belmont1-3/43:14.00
1868The Banshee3SmithJ. H. DavisJohn M. Clay1-3/43:10.75
1867Ruthless3Gilbert W. PatrickA. Jack MinorFrancis Morris1-3/43:18.25
1866Merrill3Abe HawkinsAnsel WilliamsonRobert A. Alexander1-3/43:29.00
1865Maiden3W. SewellT. G. MooreT. G. Moore1-3/43:18.50
1864Kentucky3Gilbert W. PatrickA. Jack MinorJohn Hunter & W. R. Travers1-3/43:18.75

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Heller, Bill (2004). Saratoga Tales. Albany, N.Y.: Whitston. pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-87875-551-9. 
  2. ^ "Travers Replica Trophy". The Saratogian. Retrieved 20012-08-25.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "The Travers Trophy". New York Racing Association. Retrieved 2006-08-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ "The Travers Canoe". New York Racing Association. Retrieved 2006-08-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ "New York Lottery is Presenting Sponsor of Travers Stakes". Blood-Horse. 2006-07-18. Retrieved 2006-08-07. 
  6. ^ New York Racing Association - Aqueduct

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