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Travers Stakes Day at Saratoga in Photos

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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.





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 Meet Heidi Carpenter


An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Always very visual and imaginative, Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

The first Kentucky Derby Heidi watched was in 1991, and the first racehorse she fell in love with was Cigar. Her all-time favorites include Ruffian, Black Caviar, Man o' War, Dr. Fager, John Henry and Winter Memories.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi also runs Racing Reviewer.

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