2010 Travers (G1)

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What the Nation is saying about the 2010 Travers (G1)...

When the gates opened and the field turned for home it was not Twirling Candy running them all down, it was First Dude.Read More
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  • DeadHeat · I agree about the dirt statement Stevebiscuit, but you never know until they run in a circle. Personally I've always been a fan of First Dude and felt he had this win coming, so i'm not upset by the finish in the least. All three performed like champs. · 1008 days ago ·
  • 12 Clip · Good article Laura. The transformation of First Dude from a front-runner to a closer has been quite a transformation for the son of Stephen Got Even. His new style is so much better suited for his body-type. The Dude is a big colt that hits the ground hard. The way he closed in the Gold Cup reminded me of how Curlin use to grind them down. A winner of three in-a-row, it now seems like The Dude has no problem taking pictures in the winners circle. I think his style is perfect for Churchill Downs and the classic distance. And remember he was in the race last year as a three-year-old against one of the best fields ever assembled. This year I can visualize him getting a similar trip to the one Blame got in the Classic. There's still alot of racing til then, and Baffert needs to figure out what his next race will be. Although the Pacific Classic looks like the most likely spot. I'm not so sure if First Dude will be able to grip and dig as well on Del Mar's poly-track. He is 3 for 3 in the money lifetime on synthetic tracks, so with him I think the surface probably doesn't matter, but nonetheless it is Del Mar · 1008 days ago ·
First Dude, second in the 2010 Preakness, has been transferred from trainer Dale Romans barn in Florida and sent to Bob Baffert at Santa Anita. Read More
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  • cigar · Looking forward to see where this horse goes now... he obviously has talent, but the question is his ability to finish off races. · 1159 days ago ·
  • Waya · This horse is close. Bad trip last time killed him. Baffert should have some fun with him, and now he has both Dudes. · 1159 days ago ·
Many of the year’s most memorable races took place at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, and beginning today and through January 15, 2011, fans can choose from among five thrilling races and cast their ballots for The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) “Race of the Y...Read More
Brian Zipse runs through his favorite races of 2010. Read More
The 141st Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug, 28 was all about fathers and sons. Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens has been known to weep openly following a victory, even after six decades as one of the top trainers in America. His most recent tears had been shed on Aug. 27 when he won a 3-year-old maiden ...Read More
Dale Romans found himself telling the same story Sunday morning about First Dude, who ran virtually identical races in the Travers (third), Haskell (third), Belmont (third), Preakness (second) and Blue Grass (third).   First Dude, owned by Donald Dizney, battled for the lead, was passed in the...Read More
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito came within a nostril of winning his second Travers in 23 tries with Fly Down, but instead had to settle for his fifth runner-up finish.   Zito had run second previously with Louis Quatorze (1996), Albert the Great (2000), The Cliff’s Edge (2004) and Bellamy Road...Read More
The Travers appears to have taken more out of trainer Jimmy Jerkens than his colt Afleet Express, who yesterday prevailed by a nose in the “Mid-Summer Derby.”   “I was tired,” said Jerkens, moments before saddling Luxury Appeal to a second-place finish in Sunday’s third race. “I was knocked out...Read More
The day after Super Saver finished second to last in the $1 million Travers Stakes,  trainer Todd Pletcher said he had no idea what is wrong with the Kentucky Derby winner. Super Saver was beat over 23 lengths in the Midsummer Derby and only beat one horse, the overmatched Admiral Alex...Read More
On a picture-perfect day that saw a thrilling finish to the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, on-track attendance and handle continued an upward trend at Saratoga Race Course.   A crowd of 45,764 witnessed Afleet Express defeat Fly Down by a nose in the “Mid-summer Derby,” an in...Read More
  • humphrey · having gone to the Breeder's Cup several times, Chruchill, and many others. the BIG days are not much fun unless you have a good place to watch the races....barring that, DON'T go · 1325 days ago ·
In a contentious field of 11 three-year-olds encompassing everything from the Kentucky Derby hero to a maiden winner making only his second start, A Little Warm was made the lukewarm favorite for Saturday’s 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course.Read More
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  • cugel the clever · My prediction was bang on. Fly Down and Afleet Express passed the early leaders in mid-stretch and dueled to the wire with Afleet prevailing by half a nose. First Dude a distant third. Ice Box and Super Saver confirmed again that they were one-race wonders. · 1326 days ago ·
  • arazi · Nice job, Cugel. Was right there with you. Caught the super here for 50-cents... which paid nicely with the 10 in fourth. · 1326 days ago ·
Jimmy Jerkens, winning trainer of Afleet Express (No. 7): “He broke with the field and they went on pretty well ahead of him. He was tucked in pretty good behind him, and he was able to get through at a crucial time. I thought around the turn he was going to give himself a little breather, but he go...Read More
Galloping out after the oh-so-close finish of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course, jockeys Javier Castellano, aboard Afleet Express, and Jose Lezcano, riding Fly Down, looked questioningly at each other.Read More
As far as the stakes races on the card, here’s how I see them: Race 8, The Ballston Spa (G2) - #8 CHEROKEE QUEEN is in position to rebound from a foul-up at the start of the Matchmaker last time out at Monmouth as she lost jockey Elvis Trujillo leaving the starting gate.  She entered that race....Read More
When last seen in a 1¼-mile race, Super Saver was busy splashing through the mud to become the nation’s top three-year-old. Much has changed, however, since the first Saturday in May, when the Maria’s Mon colt registered a 2½-length victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). He the...Read More
On Saturday, Leon Blusiewicz will be trying to do what no trainer has done in the 140 previous runnings of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers: win the race with a horse who’s made but one start.   While some lightly raced horses have won the “Mid-Summer Derby,” according to Allan Carter, historia...Read More
Can Super Saver pull a Derby-Travers double? Is Rachel a lock to win the Personal Ensign? Will Richard's Kid repeat in the Pacific Classic? Read More
Forgive the face of horse racing if it sports a look of concern at any point this weekend. Calvin Borel has a lot riding on Saturday's Travers Stakes and Sunday's Personal Ensign Handicap, both at historic Saratoga. It's not often you pilot a Kentucky Derby winner and a filly for the ages in a 24-ho...Read More
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito is going to take his time making a final determination whether to run all three of his entrants in Saturday’s 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course.   Front-running Miner’s Reserve, runner-up to A Little Warm in the Grade 2 Jim ...Read More
Afleet Express fits the profile of a late-developing 3-year-old who wasn't ready for the Triple Crown series, but has emerged as a contender for the Travers.   The turning point came on May 22 when Afleet Express romped in a seven-furlong open allowance race at Belmont Park. Jerkens knew it wa...Read More