Bet on Travers Stakes
Grade: I for 3-year-old thoroughbreds and fillie
Distance: 1 mile
The Travers Stakes, held yearly at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, is America's oldest stakes race in continuous existence. First run in 1864, it was named so in honor of William Travers, who had the Saratoga race track built the year before, along with Leonard Jerome and John Hunter.
The race was inaugurated in 1864 at Saratoga Race Course and has been run in all but five years since, and with all but three runnings at Saratoga. Due to war-time restrictions on travel, the 1943, 1944 and 1945 Saratoga meetings were conducted at Belmont Park.
Travers was a prominent businessman in New York City for most of his life, and for many years, bred and owned some of the period's better horses.
The inaugural meeting at Saratoga was short and sweet. The Travers Stakes was the highlight of the meeting, being named, of course, for one of the track's founders and its first president.
That Travers and Hunter co-owned the first winner, a colt named Kentucky, of the race named for Travers is not unusual during those times. In the 1800s, the men who built racetracks were often the ones who bred and owned many of the best horses at these meetings. They built tracks to showcase their horses more than to make money.
The field for the Travers Stakes is limited to three-year-olds, Colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds (57 kg) and fillies carrying 123 pounds (56 kg). Since 1999 the first prize 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.
Graded Stakes Races
Gulfstream Park: Fred Hooper ,$150,000 ,4&up ,8f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: Inside Information Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,7f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: La Prevoyante ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,12f Turf
Gulfstream Park: Pegasus World Cup Invitational ,$3,000k e ,4&up ,9f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational ,$1,000k e ,4&up ,9.5f Turf
Gulfstream Park: W.L. McKnight ,$200,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf
Santa Anita: Palos Verdes Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,6f Dirt
Japan Racing Association: Tokai Stakes ,$1,103,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt
Japan Racing Association: American Jockey Club Cup ,$1,247,000 ,4&up ,11f Turf
Sam Houston: John B. Connally Turf ,$200,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf
Sam Houston: Houston Ladies Classic ,$300,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Dirt
Aqueduct: Withers Stakes ,$250,000 ,3yo ,9f Dirt
Santa Anita: Robert B. Lewis Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt
Santa Anita: San Marcos Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,10f Turf
Santa Anita: San Pasqual Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt
Japan Racing Association: Silk Road Stakes ,$785,000 ,4&up ,6f Turf
Japan Racing Association: Negishi Stakes ,$759,000 ,4&up ,7f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: Sweetest Chant Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo f ,8f Turf
Gulfstream Park: Swale Stakes ,$150,000 ,3yo ,7f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: Holy Bull Stakes ,$350,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt