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Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, undefeated in his sophomore campaign with three consecutive graded stakes victories, tops an eight-horse field of 3-year-olds in Saturday’s $1 million Runhappy Travers (G1) at historic Saratoga Race Course. The Barclay Tagg trainee is the even-money morning-line favorite from post 6 and enters the 1 1/4-mile “Mid-Summer Derby” leading all horses with 272 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. We’ve been very fortunate,” Tagg said. “I don’t think any distance makes a difference for this horse. From what I’ve seen, I just don’t have any feeling that he can’t handle it. It would be nice to win it if we could.”
Standing in his way is a possible Bob Baffert monster, Uncle Chuck, who is lightly raced but an incredibly talented son of Uncle Mo.
Unraced as a juvenile, the quarter-million dollar purchase at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale won his debut by seven lengths on June 12 at Santa Anita and handled a step up in class impressively with a four-length victory at 1 1/8 miles in the Los Alamitios Derby (G3) on July 4.
“He’s quick,” Baffert said. “He’s a big, tall horse but he’s really quick on his feet. He’s got a tremendous stride. That’s why I thought the mile and a quarter would suit him well. If you can win the Travers, it’s a big thing. But Tiz the Law looks unbelievable. I watched his last work and he looked tremendous, so Uncle Chuck will have to step it up. It should be a great race.”
Who wins this epic showdown? Keep reading.
This 11-page Inside Track to the Travers Stakes wagering guide gives you an inside look at all five stakes races running at Saratoga on August 8, 2020, including the $1 million Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1). This year’s running of the Travers is now worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top 4 finishers on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).
The Racing Dudes have been at it for over 9 years, offering daily handicapping picks and analysis for every track across the country. For this year’s Inside Track to the Travers Stakes, our lead handicappers have been scouring through the card at Saratoga in search of winning tickets on this loaded day of racing.
Known as the “Mid-Summer Derby,” the historic 1 1/4-mile Travers lineup features a major showdown between Tiz the Law and Uncle Chuck. The Saturday card features five stakes in all, three of which are Grade 1s. The Travers undercard includes the $300,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1), the $300,000 Longines Test Stakes (G1), the $200,000 Troy Stakes (G3), and the $150,000 Waya Stakes (G3).
But that’s not all! Along with the five major stakes races at Saratoga, this Inside Track to the Travers Stakes wagering guide also includes race-by-race analysis and betting suggestions for Saratoga’s entire Saturday card.
BONUS: Top 4 stakes selections from expert handicapper and award-winning writer Mike “Saratoga Slim” Spector and sharp local bettor Vinny Blond.
Each Win, Place, Show, or Across the Board wager comes with a confidence rating so that you can see how strongly we feel about each pick.
A sample of guide is available for download here. This INSIDE TRACK TO THE TRAVERS STAKES wagering guide is included FREE with any subscription or can be purchased individually by clicking the banner below for $29.95.
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