Travers Stakes

Last year’s Travers was historic in every sense of the word. All-World Arrogate had his coming out party as he won the G1 Travers Stakes in a record time of 1:59.36 seconds at Saratoga Race Course. It was truly one of the greatest performances Saratoga has ever seen. On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the 148th running of the Grade 1, $1,250,000 Travers Stakes will anchor a massive race card at Saratoga. No matter if you’re looking for contenders, Travers day races, news, 2016 Travers Stakes results and payouts, past winners, Saratoga picks and tips, or handicapping advice, this will be your source for information.


Purse: $1,250,000
Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/4 Miles
Age: 3
Last Year’s Winner: Arrogate
Track and Stakes Record: Arrogate (2016) 1:59.36

HorseTrainerLast Start
Always DreamingTodd Pletcher3rd, 2017 Jim Dandy (G2)
Cloud ComputingChad Brown5th, 2017 Jim Dandy (G2)
FayeqKiaran McLaughlin1st, Saratoga Allowance (7/26/17)
Game OverJorge Navarro2nd, 2017 West Virginia Derby (G3)
GirvinJoe Sharp1st, 2017 Haskell Invitational (G1)
Giuseppe The GreatNick Zito2nd, 2017 Jim Dandy (G2)
Good SamaritanBill Mott1st, 2017 Jim Dandy (G2)
GunneveraAntonio Sano
1st, 2017 Tangelo Stakes
IrapDoug O'Neill1st, 2017 Indiana Derby (G3)
Lookin At LeeSteve Asmussen3rd, 2017 West Virginia Derby (G3)
McCrakenIan Wilkes2nd, 2017 Haskell Invitational (G1)
OutplayTodd Pletcher1st, 2017 Curlin
TapwritTodd Pletcher1st, 2017 Belmont Stakes (G1)
TimelineChad Brown5th, 2017 Haskell Invitational (G1)
West CoastBob Baffert1st, 2017 Los Alamitos Derby (G3)

Travers Wagering Guide


While the G1 Travers Stakes will be the centerpiece, Travers Day includes six Grade 1 races which will also feature the $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational, the $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina, the $600,000 Forego, the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, the $700,000 Personal Ensign, and Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa. Here’s the latest contenders and probables for the massive Travers Day card.


Purse: $1,000,000
Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/2 Miles (Turf)
Age: 3+
Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race: Longines Turf
Contenders: Hunter O’Riley


Purse: $500,000
Grade: 1
Distance: 7 Furlongs
Age: F&M 3+
Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race: Filly & Mare Sprint
Contenders: Finley’sluckycharm, Paulassilverlining, Carina Mia


Purse: $400,000
Grade: 2
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Age: F&M 3+
Contenders: Antonoe, Time and Motion


Purse: $600,000
Grade: 1
Distance: 7 Furlongs
Age: 3+
Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race: Las Vegas Dirt Mile
Contenders: Mind Your Biscuits, Mor Spirit, Danzing Candy, El Deal, Tommy Macho, Drefong, Tom’s Ready


Purse: $700,000
Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
Age: F&M 3+
Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race: Longines Distaff
Contenders: Forever Unbridled, Going for Broke, Lightstream, Songbird, Carina Mia


Purse: $500,000
Grade: 1
Distance: 7 Furlongs
Age: 3
Contenders: Practical Joke, Coal Front, American Anthem, Klimt, Takaful, Mr. Crow, Petrov, Phi Beta Express, Tale of Silence, No Dozing


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Arrogate winning 2016 Travers

Arrogate’s 2016 Travers Stakes victory was not only the fastest of all-time, it was the third-largest margin of victory in the Travers behind Damascus (1967, 22 lengths) and General Assembly (15 lengths). Get results and payouts to the Travers below along with winners of the remaining races from the 2016 Travers Day card. Also, be sure to download our 2017 Travers Day Wagering Guide by clicking the button below. These wagering guides are included at least once a month as part of our premium picks packages. Last year’s Travers Day premium picks paid out $4,245.10!

Travers Wagering Guide

$2.00 Exacta 1-2 $134.50
$2.00 Trifecta 1-2-14 $2,028.00
$2.00 Superfecta 1-2-14-9 $20,912.00
$2.00 Daily Double 6-1 $32.60
$2.00 Pick 3 11-6-1 $81.50
$2.00 Pick 4 9/13-5/11/12-6-1 $415.00
$2.00 Pick 6, 5 Correct 5-10-9/13-5/11/12-6-1 $88.00
$2.00 Pick 6, 6 Correct 5-10-9/13-5/11/12-6-1 $7,797.00

2016 Travers Stakes – ArrogateRace Recap/Replay

2016 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Stakes – Strike Charmer – Race Recap/Replay

2016 Longines Sword Dancer Stakes – Flintshire (GB) – Race Recap/Replay

2016 Priority One Jets Forego Stakes – A. P. Indian – Race Recap/Replay

2016 Ketel One King’s Bishop Stakes – Drefong – Race Recap/Replay

2016 Ballerina Stakes – Haveyougoneaway – Race Recap/Replay

2016 Personal Ensign Stakes – Cavorting – Race Recap/Replay


Also known as the “Mid-Summer Derby,” the G1 Travers Stakes is one of the oldest stakes races for 3-year-olds in the United States and is a centerpiece of the Saratoga meet. This year will mark the 148th running of the historic race, however, in it’s history the race was not ran in 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1911, and 1912. The distance of the race has ranged from 1 1/8 miles to 1 3/4 miles before the now traditional distance of 1 1/4 miles more than a century ago.

2016Arrogate1:59.36Juddmonte Farms, Inc.Bob BaffertMike E. Smith$670,000
2015Keen Ice2:01.57Donegal RacingDale L. RomansJavier Castellano$850,000
2014V. E. Day2:02.93Magalen O. BryantJames A. JerkensJavier Castellano$670,000
2013Will Take Charge2:02.68Willis D. HortonD. Wayne LukasLuis Saez$600,000
2012Alpha2:02.74Godolphin Racing LLCKiaran P. McLaughlinRamon A. Dominguez$400,000
2012Golden Ticket2.02.74Magic City Thoroughbred PartnersKenneth G. McPeekDavid Cohen$400,000
2011Stay Thirsty2:03.03Repole StableTodd A. PletcherJavier Castellano$600,000
2010Afleet Express2:03.28Gainsway Farm and Martin CherryJames A. JerkensJavier Castellano$600,000
2009Summer Bird2:02.83Jayaraman, Dr. K. K. and Jayaraman, Dr. Vilasini D.Tim A. IceKent J. Desormeaux$600,000
2008Colonel John2:03.20WinStar Farm LLCEoin G. HartyGarrett K. Gomez$600,000
2007Street Sense2:02.69James B. TafelCarl A. NafzgerCalvin H. Borel$600,000
2006Bernardini2:01.60Darley StableTom AlbertraniJavier Castellano$600,000
2005Flower Alley2:02.8Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.Todd A. PletcherJohn Velazquez$600,000
2004Birdstone2:02 2/5Marylou Whitney StablesNicholas ZitoEdgar Prado$600,000
2003Ten Most Wanted2:02J. Paul ReddamWallace DollasePat Day$600,000
2002Medaglia d'Oro2:02 2/5Edmund A. GannRobert FrankelJerry Bailey$600,000
2001Point Given2:01 2/5Thoroughbred CorporationBob BaffertGary Stevens$600,000
2000Unshaded2:02 2/5James B. TafelCarl NafzgerShane Sellers$600,000
1999Lemon Drop Kid2:02Jeanne G. VanceFlint S. SchulhoferJose Santos$600,000
1998Coronado's Quest2:03 2/5Stuart S. Janney IIIClaude R. McGaughey IIIMike Smith$450,000
1997Deputy Commander2:04Horizon St.Jarviset, et al.Wally DollaseChris McCarron$450,000
1996Will's Way2:02 2/5William Clifton Jr.H. James BondJorge Chavez$450,000
1995Thunder Gulch2:03 3/5Michael TaborD. Wayne LukasGary Stevens$450,000
1994Holy Bull2:02Warren A Croll JrWarren A Croll JrMike Smith$450,000
1993Sea Hero2:01 4/5Rokeby StableMacK. MillerJerry Bailey$600,000
1992Thunder Rumble2:00 4/5Braeburn FarmRichard O'ConnellHerb McCauley$600,000
1991Corporate Report2:01 1/5William T. YoungD. Wayne LukasChris McCarron$600,000
1990Rhythm2:02 3/5Ogden PhippsClaude R. McGaughey IIICraig Perret$707,100
1989Easy Goer2:00 4/5Ogden PhippsClaude R. McGaugheyIIIPat Day$653,100
1988Forty Niner2:01 2/5Claiborne FarmWoody StevensChris McCarron$653,500
1987Java Gold2:02Rokeby StableMacK. MillerPat Day$673,800
1986Wise Times2:03 2/5Russell ReinemanPhil GleavesJerry Bailey$203,700
1985Chief's Crown2:01 1/5Star Crown StablesRoger LaurinAngel Cordero Jr.$202,800
1984Carr de Naskra2:02 3/5Virginia Kraft PaysonRichard J. LundyLaffit Pincay Jr.$184,500
1983Play Fellow2:01Carl LauerHarvey VanierPat Day$135,000
1982Runaway Groom2:02 3/5Albert CoppolaJohn DiMarioJeffrey Fell$132,900
1981Willow Hour2:03 4/5Marcia W. SchottJames E. PicouEddie Maple$135,600
1980Temperence Hill2:02 4/5Loblolly StableJoseph B. CanteyEddie Maple$100,980
1979General Assembly2:00Bertram R. FirestoneLeroy JolleyJacinto Vasquez$80,850
1978Alydar2:02Calumet FarmJohn M. VeitchJorge Velasquez$62,880
1977Jatski2:01 3/5William MurrayWilliam ColeSam Maple$68,160
1976Honest Pleasure2:00 1/5Bertram R. FirestoneLeroy JolleyCraig Perret$65,040
1975Wajima2:02East-West StableSteve DiMauroBraulio Baeza$65,220
1974Holding Pattern2:05 1/5John Gerbas Jr.James J. Sarner Jr.Michael Miceli$69,660
1973Annihilate 'Em2:01 3/5Patricia BlassDouglas Davis Jr.Ron Turcotte$68,280
1972Key To The Mint2:01 1/5Rokeby StableElliott BurchBraulio Baeza$66,600
1971Bold Reason2:02 2/5William A. LevinAngel PennaLaffit Pincay Jr.$66,420
1970Loud2:01William Haggin PerryJames W. MaloneyJacinto Vasquez$73,385
1969Arts and Letters2:01 3/5Rokeby StableElliott BurchBraulio Baeza$69,290
1968Chompion2:04 4/5C. V. WhitneyIvor G. BaldingJean Cruguet$55,802
1967Damascus2:01 3/5Mrs. Edith W. BancroftFrank Y. Whiteley Jr.William Shoemaker$52,065
1966Buckpasser2:01 3/5Ogden PhippsEdward A. NeloyBraulio Baeza$53,690
1965Hail To All2:02 1/5Mrs. Ben CohenEdward YowellJohn Sellers$56,777
1964Quadrangle2:04 2/5Rokeby StableElliott BurchM. Ycaza$52,033
1963Crewman2:20 2/5George D. WidenerW. F. MulhollandE. Guerin$52,910
1962Jaipur2:01 3/5George D. WidenerW. F. MulhollandW. Shoemaker$53,722
1961Beau Prince2:03Calumet FarmH. A. JonesS. Brooks$54,210
1960Tompion2:03 2/5C. V. WhitneyJ. J. Greely Jr.W. Hartack$53,165
1959Sword Dancer2:04 1/5Brookmeade StableElliott BurchM. Ycaza$51,962
1958Piano Jim2:05 4/5Walter M. JeffordsO. WhiteR. Ussery$29,920
1957Gallant Man2:04Ralph LoweJ. A. NerudW. Shoemaker$29,500
1956Oh Johnny2:06 1/5Mrs. Wallace GilroyN. R. McLeodH. Woodhouse$33,200
1955Thinking Cap2:06 2/5Christiana StableH. S. ClarkP. J. Bailey$19,150
1954Fisherman2:06C. V. WhitneyS. E. VeitchH. Woodhouse$19,500
1953Native Dancer2:05 3/5A. G. VanderbiltW. C. WinfreyE. Guerin$18,850
1952One Count2:07 2/5Mrs. W. M. JeffordsO. WhiteE. Guerin$16,450
1951Battlefield2:06 1/5George D. WidenerW. F. MulhollandE. Arcaro$15,000
1950Lights Up2:03George D. WidenerW. F. MulhollandG. Hettinger$16,350
1949Arise2:06 1/5Addison StableJ. C. BentleyC. Errico$16,600
1948Ace Admiral2:05Main Chance FarmJ. W. SmithT. Atkinson$19,650
1947Young Peter2:06 1/5Mrs. R. L. GerryG. P. OdomT. May$19,375
1946Natchez2:08Mrs. W. M. JeffordsO. WhiteT. Atkinson$24,750
1945Adonis2:02 4/5William HelisW. BoothC. McCreary$28,680
1944By Jimminy2:03 2/5Alfred P. ParkerJ. W. SmithE. Arcaro$25,015
1943Eurasian2:03 4/5Mill River StableS. RutchickS. Brooks$19,850
1942Shut Out2:04 2/5Greentree StableJ. M. GaverE. Arcaro$17,825
1941Whirlaway2:05 4/5Calumet FarmBen JonesA. Robertson$16,900
1940Fenelon2:04 2/5Belair StudJ. FitzsimmonsJ. Stout$17,425
1939Eight Thirty2:06 3/5George D. WidenerW. F. MulhollandH. Richards$16,575
1938Thanksgiving2:03 3/5Mrs. Parker CorningM. HirschE. Arcaro$14,400
1937Burning Star2:04 4/5Shandon FarmJ. J. GreelyW. D. Wright$14,550
1936Granville2:05 4/5Belair StudJ. FitzsimmonsJ. Stout$14,700
1935Gold Foam2:04 3/5Starmount StableJ. M. MilburnS. Coucci$14,675
1934Observant2:05 3/5Morton L. SchwartzM. HirschL. Humphries$14,650
1933Inlander2:08Brookmeade StableR. A. SmithR. Jones$21,050
1932War Hero2:05 4/5Glen Riddle FarmG. ConwayL. Gilbert$23,150
1931Twenty Grand2:04 3/5Greentree StableJ. Rowe Jr.L. McAtee$33,000
1930Jim Dandy2:08Chaffee EarlJ. B. McKeeF. Baker$27,050
1929Beacon Hill2:04 1/5H. P. WhitneyJ. Rowe Jr.A. Robertson$31,825
1928Petee-Wrack2:08J. R. MacomberW. BoothS. O'Donnell$30,555
1927Brown Bud2:05 3/5Frederick JohnsonA. GuntherL. Fator$29,925
1926Mars2:04 3/5Walter M. JeffordsS. D. HarlanF. Coltiletti$15,050
1925Dangerous2:10 4/5G. A. CochranW. DukeC. Kummer$13,425
1924Sun Flag2:04 2/5G. A. CochranC. H. ShillingF. Keogh$14,675
1923Wilderness2:04R. T. WilsonT. J. HealeyB. Marinelli$13,500
1922Little Chief2:13 2/5Rancocas StableS. C. HildrethL. Fator$11,325
1921Sporting Blood2:05 4/5Redstone StableW. BoothL. Lyke$10,275
1920Man o' War2:01 4/5Glen Riddle FarmL. FeustelA. Schuttinger$9,275
1919Hannibal2:02 4/5R. T. WilsonT. J. HealeyL. Ensor$9,835
1918Sun Briar2:03 1/5Willis Sharpe KilmerH. McDanielW. Knapp$7,700
1917Omar Khayyam2:08 4/5Wilfrid ViauR. F. CarmenJ. Butwell$5,350
1916Spur2:05James ButlerJ. McCormickJ. Loftus$3,125
1915Lady Rotha (F)2:11 2/5Andrew MillerA. J. GoldsboroughM. Garner$2,150
1914Roamer2:04Andrew MillerA. J. GoldsboroughJ. Butwell$3,000
1913Rock View2:06 3/5August BelmontL. FeustelT. McTaggart$2,725
1910Dalmatian2:10S. C. HildrethS. C. HildrethC. H. Shilling$4,825
1909Hilarious2:06James R. KeeneJ. RoweR. Scoville$5,800
1908Dorante2:09 3/5F. A. ForsytheR. ColstonJ. Lee$5,800
1907Frank Gill2:07J. L. McGinnisJ. I. SmithJ. Notter$5,800
1906Gallavant2:08 1/5R. T. Wilson Jr.T. J. HealeyW. Miller$5,800
1905Dandelion2:08F. R. HitchockJ. E. MaddenW. Shaw$8,350
1904Broomstick2:06 4/5S. S. BrownR. TuckerT. Burns$5,850
1903Ada Nay (F)1:57J. B. HagginA. J. JoynerF. O'Neill$8,150
1902Hermis1:54 4/5H. M. ZieglerJ. A. McCormackT. Rice$6,750
1901Blues1:56 3/5C. Fleischmann SonsT. WelchW. Shaw$6,750
1897Rensselaer2:12J. E. McDonaldH. HarrisF. Taral$1,425
1895Liza (F)1:55 1/2P. LorillardJ. HugginsH. Griffin$1,125
1894Henry of Navarre2:10 1/4B. McClellandB. McClellandF. Taral$2,350
1893Stowaway2:10 3/4Woodland StableH. H. BrandtMcDermott$2,450
1892Azra2:43 3/4Bashford ManorJ. MorrisA. Clayton$2,750
1891Vallera2:49Scoggan Bros.E. WishardR. Williams$2,900
1890Sir John2:39Dwyer Bros.F. McCabeM. Bergen$4,925
1889Long Dance3:08 3/4G. M. RyeG. M. RyeS. Barnes$3,700
1888Sir Dixon3:07 3/4Dwyer Bros.F. McCabeJ. McLaughlin$4,625
1887Carey3:17 3/4E. CorriganE. CorriganH. Blaylock$4,625
1886Inspector B.3:10 1/4Dwyer Bros.F. McCabeJ. McLaughlin$3,825
1885Bersan3:08 1/4G. B. MorrisG. B. MorrisJ. Spellman$4,025
1884Rataplan3:07 1/2N. W. KitsonF. MidgeleyW. Fitzpatrick$4,150
1883Barnes3:18Dwyer Bros.J. Rowe Sr.J. McLaughlin$3,400
1882Carley B.3:28 3/4A. BurnhamH. WelchG. Quantrel$3,450
1881Hindoo3:07 1/2Dwyer Bros.J. Rowe Sr.J. McLaughlin$2,950
1880Grenada3:12 1/2G. L. LorillardR. W. WaldenL. Hughes$3,750
1879Falsetto3:09 1/4J. W. ReynoldsE. JordanI. Murphy$4,950
1878Duke of Magenta3:08G. L. LorillardR. W. WaldenL. Hughes$4,250
1877Baden Baden3:15 1/2W. AstorJ. WilliamsT. Sayres$3,700
1876Sultana (F)3:15 1/2August BelmontJ. McClellandW. Haywark$3,700
1875D'Artagnan3:06 1/2J. A. GrinsteadJ. B. PryorG. Barbee$4,850
1874Attila3:09 1/2P. LorillardW. PryorG. Barbee$5,050
1873Tom Bowling3:09 3/4H. P. McGrathA. WilliamsR. Swim$5,400
1872Joe Daniels3:08 1/4D. McDanielD. McDanielJ. Rowe$5,500
1871Harry Bassett3:21 3/5D. McDanielD. McDanielW. Miller$5,600
1870Kingfisher3:15 1/4D. SwigertR. Colston Sr.C. Miller$4,950
1869Glenelg3:14August BelmontJ. PincusC. Miller$3,000
1868The Banshee (F)3:10 3/4J. M. ClayJ. H. DavisSmith$3,150
1867Ruthless (F)3:18 1/4F. MorrisA. J. MinorG. Gilpatrick$2,850
1866Merrill3:29R. A. AlexanderA. WilliamsAbe$3,500
1865Maiden (F)3:18 1/2T. G. MooreT. G. MooreW. Sewell$3,400
1864Kentucky3:18 3/4Hunter & TraversA. J. MinorG. Gilpatrick$2,950

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