For the first time in history, two canoes will float upon the infield pond at Saratoga Race Course in honor of Golden Ticket and Alpha, who hit the wire together in an electrifying finish resulting in the first dead heat in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers since 1874.
Officials from The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) placed the canoes featuring the colors of Golden Ticket and Alpha into the pond as tradition dictates for the Travers winner.
Alpha and Golden Ticket completed the 1 ¼ miles in 2:02.74 in the first dead heat in the Mid-Summer Derby since 1874, when Attila and Acrobat finished in a tie, with Attila winning a run-off to be awarded the official victory. Alpha is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and was ridden by Ramon Dominguez. Golden Ticket is trained by Kenny McPeek and was piloted by jockey David Cohen.
The Travers is the oldest major stakes race in the country for 3-year-olds, dating back to 1864.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese