The $1.25 Million Travers
This is Saratoga's biggest race - the one the don't want to miss - the 149th running of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes, the "Mid-Summer Derby" for three-year-olds at a mile and a quarter.
Joining the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-year-olds will be five other Grade 1 stakes: the $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational at 1 ½ miles on the turf, the $500,000 Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, the $600,000 Forego at seven furlongs, the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, formerly known as the King's Bishop, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, and the $700,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares.
First post-time is 11:35 am and gates open at 7am to witness the legendary Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.