Tuesday, August 11, 2009

2009 Travers Stakes at Saratoga August 29

Summer horse racing heats up with the 140th running of the $1-million Travers Stakes on August 29 at Saratoga Race Course in New York.

The Travers Stakes is America's oldest stakes race first run in 1864. It was named so in honor of William Travers, who had the Saratoga race track built the year before.

This year, the Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Florida Derby winner Quality Road are possible for the Travers field.

After winning the 2009 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, filly Rachel Alexandra's connections are yet to decide if the Preakness winning filly will race in the Travers Stakes. One thing is for sure in filly Rachel Alexandra's future: she will skip the 2009 Breeders' Cup due to Santa Anita's synthetic surface.


D.S. Williamson said...

I wonder how many people know that it was money collected from the losses of well to do NYC gamblers that paid for the building of this race track. John Morrissey, a one time heavyweight bare kunckle boxing champ turned bookmaker built the racetrack with the sponsorship of the more socially acceptable William R. Travers, who then named the race after himself. Travers was part owner in the Annieswood Stable which produced, Kentucky, the winner of the first Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

Anonymous said...

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