The Travers Stakes, run annually at Saratoga Racecourse in New York in late August, is one of the most prestigious three-year-old races on the calendar in the United States and is regarded by many horse racing fans as the ‘Mid-Summer Derby’. The meeting attracts a huge crowd every year as it can often be the birth of a superstar as Arrogate and West Coast have both been successful in recent years before going on to much bigger things in the sport.
If you live in New York City or you are planning a trip to the Big Apple during the time of the Travers Stakes, Saratoga is a must visit as you are sure to have a fantastic day at one of the best racecourses in North America.
Hofburg currently heads the betting at +200 to win the 2018 Travers Stakes. William Hill will be betting on the Grade One contest and all the other races during the meeting so you can place your bets before heading to the track. William Mott’s runner is sure to be popular with punters as he has consistently been in the placings in the leading three-year-old races this season, including when he finished second in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park back in March. On his most recent outing, the colt was third in the Belmont Stakes which was won by Justify, who went on to claim the Triple Crown at Belmont Park in what was an historic afternoon in New York.
Good Magic could be competing for favouritism on the day of the Travers Stakes as he is currently not far behind Hofburg at +250 in the ante-post market for the 2000-metre contest. Chad Brown’s horse won the Grade Two Toyota Blue Grass Stakes earlier in the campaign, while he also showed he belongs at this level when he finished second behind Justify in the Kentucky Derby where he was only two lengths behind the Triple Crown winner when crossing the line. Brown is bidding for his first success in the New York race but he is a trainer who is on the up as he secured his maiden victory in a Triple Crown race in 2017 when Cloud Computing won the Preakness Stakes.
Brown also has a good opportunity at winning the Travers Stakes with Gronkowski who has only had the one run so far in the USA since switching from the UK back in March. The three-year-old was second behind Justify in the Belmont Stakes which you could argue is one of the best form lines going into the race next month. Brown’s colt will be stepping down in trip at Saratoga, however, he was entered in the Kentucky Derby before an injury ruled him out of the Triple Crown race, therefore, his connections certainly feel he has the speed to be successful at 2000 metres.