The 2009 Travers Stakes from Saratoga Racetrack is scheduled as the 12th race on the betting card on Saturday August 29th. Post time is scheduled for 5:46PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN. Quality Road the #4 horse has been set as the morning line 8-5 betting favorite in the Travers. Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will miss the Travers Stakes due to complications from his throat surgery.
The winner of the Travers Stakes was #6 Summer Bird
Summer Bird paid $7.80 to win, $4.30 to place and $2.70 to show
Hold Me Back paid $12.40 to place and $5.30 to show
Quality Road paid $2.50 to show
Exacta 6-1 paid $115.50
Trifecta 6-1-4 paid $343.50
Superfecta 6-1-4-2 paid $1,139.00
I will bet on two horses to win the Travers Stakes.
Play 1 unit to win on #7 Kensie and #6 Summer Bird
Kensie ridden by Edgar Prado is in peak form right now coming off two straight wins in two rides by Prado. The 3-year-old colt was the winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga racetrack posting a 106 Beyer. Prior to that Kensei was a 3-¼-length winner in the Grade 2 Dwyer again posting an impressive 105 Beyer at Belmont Park. Kensei is a perfect 2-0 over the Saratoga racetrack breaking his maiden back on August of 2008. Summer Bird with Kent Desormeaux up is too coming off two straight Beyer performances over 100. Summer Bird was the winner of the 2009 Belmont Stakes and was second best to Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell Invitational. Summer Bird has posted a first and a second place finish in his past two Grade 1 races. With the early speed fractions set by Our Edge and Quality Road the race will set up perfectly for the late running style of Summer Bird.
Our Exacta Box will be #7 with #6 with #4 Quality Road
Quality Road with Jorge Velasquez in the saddle is coming off a nice win at 6 ½ furlongs at Saratoga nearly 4 weeks ago in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes. The winner of the Kentucky Derby major prep race the Florida Derby is making his second start since the long layoff. The three-year-old colt missed the Triple Crown races with a quarter crack. Quality Road has not run at this distance and his early running style will cost him late in deep stretch.
Our Trifecta Box will be #7 with #6 with #4 with #2 Charitable Man
Charitable Man will be ridden by jockey Ramon Dominguez in the Travers Stakes. His last four starts have been at distance. His stalking style will suit him fine as the early speed will fall back to the back and his closing kick will get him a piece of the exotics. In two races over Saratoga Charitable Man has a win and a third place finish.
Here are the top 3 last Beyer numbers heading into the Travers Stakes. Quality Road sports the best Beyer number in the Travers posting a 110 in a Grade 2 Stakes at Saratoga on August 3rd. But the distance was only 6 ½ furlongs. Kensie posted a 106 Beyer in the Jim Dandy, which was a race that went 1 1/8th mile. Summer Bird posted a 106 Beyer in the Haskell in the slop in a race that ran 1 1/8th mile. Quality Road broke a track record in his Florida Derby win but it came on a race track that was set up to post fast times.