Photo: Heidi E. Carpenter
Travers Day! No other stakes day in the United States is as heavy with history and prestige as Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course. The 145th running of the Travers Stakes was bound to be eventful, and it was--in classic Saratoga style.
(Above & below) Two-year-old Face the Music breaks his maiden under a confident ride by Joel Rosario. The Stormy Atlantic colt is out of a half-sister to Point of Entry.
Enchanting Lisa, a half-sister to Wise Dan, in the paddock before her race.
Enchanting Lisa sits in second--where she would stay for the duration of the race--behind Palace Dreams as the field rounds the clubhouse turn.
Centre Court arrives to the paddock for the Ballston Spa Stakes (Gr. II).
Night Song, Manuel Franco up, leads Centre Court and Filimbi early in the Ballston Spa.
Jose Ortiz celebrates after winning the Ballston Spa on Abaco, with Strathnaver (GB) second.
Fast Anna, a well-named Medaglia d'Oro colt out of champion Dreaming of Anna arrives to the paddock for the Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes (Gr. I).
(Above & below) The Big Beast and Javier Castellano deny Fast Anna victory in the King's Bishop.
Artemis Agrotera and Rajiv Maragh step onto the track for the Ballerina Stakes (Gr. I).
The ever-popular My Miss Aurelia was the post-time favorite in the Ballerina.
(Above & below two) But it was Artemis Agrotera's day and she won the Ballerina by over six lengths.
Bayern walks unphased by the crowd in the paddock for the 145th running of the Travers Stakes (Gr. I).
Ponies await the Travers horses.
Commanding Curve & Shaun Bridgmohan
Bayern & Martin Garcia
V. E. Day & Javier Castellano
Tonalist & Joel Rosario
Kid Cruz & Irad Ortiz
Mr Speaker & Jose Lezcano
After an alert break, Bayern leads Tonalist and Wicked Strong towards the clubhouse turn.
Wicked Strong and Rajiv Maragh lead down the stretch as V. E. Day closes on the outside.
Castellano glances at Maragh as V. E. Day nips Wicked Strong by a nose at the wire.
Connections from the James Jerkens barn celebrate finishing first and second in the Travers Stakes.
Javier Castellano gives thanks in the Travers' winner's circle.