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Transparent Breezes for Travers

For the first time in history, two Travers canoes will reside in the infield to commemorate the dead heat between Alpha and Golden Ticket.
Transparent, who will carry the Godolphin Racing silks in the 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, had his final serious move for next Saturday's "Mid-Summer Derby" this morning, breezing four furlongs in 49.92 seconds on Saratoga Race Course's main track.


"He worked well," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of Transparent, who finished first but was disqualified to fifth in the Curlin on July 26, his first race since April 4. "Being that he had 112 days off before his last race, we're happy to get a couple of works into him. It was a true prep, the Curlin. We're happy with his work. We're heading to the Travers."


McLaughlin, who trained co-winner Alpha in last year's Travers, has saddled Transparent to two victories in four starts this year, including a maiden win on January 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack and the 10 ¾-length win over older horses in April, both for Darley Stable.


One minor issue after another kept Transparent out of the races, but McLaughlin is pleased with how well the colt has been doing since crossing the finish line two lengths ahead of Romansh in the Curlin.


"He's been great," said McLaughlin. "He hasn't missed a day, that's what's nice. He had a lot of gaps in his works before he ran, so now that we've gotten a race and two works, we're happy. We're not happy with the competition, but we're happy with him."


Also on the worktab for McLaughlin was Alpha, who went a half-mile in 50.88 on the main track.





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