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2012 Travers Stakes (G1)

Date/Track:
Post Time:
5:46 PM ET
Distance:
1 1/4 m (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3 M
Time:
2:02.74

What the Nation is saying about the 2012 Travers Stakes (G1)...

The last time Golden Ticket ran in a 1 ¼ mile race on dirt he dead heated for the win in the million dollar Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Tomorrow night’s $100,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap may hold neither the prestige nor the cold, hard cash of the Mid-Summer Derby, but it could serve as key point in...Read More
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  • BrianZipse · Nice confidence builder for Golden Ticket with an EZ win in the Prairie Meadows Handicap. · 347 days ago ·
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  • kay.robinett · Wish there could be more 10 furlong dirt races for older male horses like this one and the Hawthorne Gold Cup and the JCGC outside the state of California (and as much as people like to knock California racing, at least they kept their big three handicaps at a classic 10 furlong distance). Why can't the Foster or the Clark at Churchill or the Whitney or Woodward at Saratoga be at least 10 furlongs? That said, glad to see Golden Ticket running well today. Nice confidence booster, and he does seem to relish the distance given the results both times he has tried it. · 347 days ago ·
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When Golden Ticket hit the Saratoga finish line in a flat-out tie with favored Alpha in the Travers, many thought the result was a fluke. At 33-1, and with only a maiden win in the bank, this was not a horse supposed to win one of the most prestigious races in American racing. As a matter of fact, t...Read More
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  • gelded1 · He seems to be an improving animal.I'd rather see another decent race out of this one against better company to convince me totally.l · 503 days ago ·
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  • travel_vic · Great digital scan photo. See the horses LONG leg, colt 11? He was withdrawing that backwards right as he hit the scan area so it deformed and elongated backwards. Somehow those are called skis. · 503 days ago ·
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The race has come and gone, but the memory of it will last a lifetime.
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  • US Bombs! · Mr. Thirsty and I were there for this race. One I'll never forget. Nor will my wallet forget it. · 552 days ago ·
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  • US Bombs! · travel_vic: I don't know how you can say that race wasn't memorable. It's January and I still think it was one of the best races I'd seen all year! Met Mile was awesome, Cotillian at PRX was Awesome too. That race stands out out though dispite the unfortunate way the contestants ended the year. · 552 days ago ·
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Join Gary Quill as he counts down the best of Maryland in 2012...Read More
Shackleford nosing out Caleb's Posse in the Met Mile, and a historic finish in the Travers Stakes were just a few of the the New York racing highlights this year.Read More
The trackman’s comments on the past performances for Grade 1 Travers entrant Stealcase are full of frustrations for the Lawyer Ron colt’s connections. Read More
i don't care what people say alpha won that race by a millometer
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  • travel_vic · There was a course in England that did not have a proper alignment and a rider knew it to his advantage.Lester Piggot understood that the OUTSIDE at one course favored the camera and exploited it for years. Have not been able to substantiate that however. · 611 days ago ·
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  • travel_vic · Think of a xerox machine except in this case the PAPER (image of the horses live) move, and the camera stands still. You have to set the average speed of the scan to align with the average speed of the horse i.e. when the start car at the standardbreds goes by the camera, because is it faster than the horse scan rate, it is very short on the film representation...Likewise and horse pulling up, being slower, takes longer to get through the scan so its image becomes long flat and drawn out. A good example of a dead heat occure Satruday at Woodbine in the 9th race for show http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Supplementary%20Race%20Documents/SB-Finish%20Photo%20Images/Woodbine%20-%2003%20Nov%202012%20-%20Evening%20-%20Race%2009%20-%20Show.bmp · 611 days ago ·
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Just when all hope was lost for a robust, endurance loving 3 year old, Atigun comes gunning in to prove that you dont need to be 4+ years old to race 14 furlongs on dirt.Read More
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  • Averie Elizabeth · I'm so excited to see he's going to go for the Marathon. I think he'll do great with the added distance. · 628 days ago ·
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  • travel_vic · You RARELY find younger horses with dominant stamina, VERY rare. · 628 days ago ·
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Did a dead heat finish in the Travers help make it the race of the year so far of 2012? Not according to ZATT...Read More
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  • Indiana · I Loved The Met Mile! · 652 days ago ·
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  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · In my opinion they were the best two horses at that time. Most people consider the Kentucky Derby as a test of the best, and generally the 3 yr old dirt horse races are the most illustrious races. I dont think its that ignorant to say that at the time of the Preakness that those two were the best. You don't have to agree but you can't say those two horses were two of the best at that time. · 652 days ago ·
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Another great Saratoga meeting has ended and for Matt Shifman, this one proved to be his favorite...Read More
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  • AndyScoggin · I love the two year-olds. I got to see Dreaming of Julia, Kauai Katie, and My Happy Face win, so that was special. I think Archwarrior and Sign will make some noise down the road. My Miss Aurelia was superb, too! · 673 days ago ·
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  • Capper · Brian, I thought you'd go with your boy Steamin' Willie Beamin as your horse of the meet. He's not the fast 3yo in his barn, I'd give Alpha the nod. 2 time G1 winner at the meet & part of only "official" dead heat in Travers history. · 673 days ago ·
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Relive the action from the incredible dead-heat finish in Saratoga's signature race, in TWO big albums!!Read More
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  • MarlanaWalters · Thanks for the link, cool picture! · 681 days ago ·
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  • likin sparks · For the first time in history the infield pond will have two canoes...http://cdn.bloodhorse.com/images/content/Travers2012CanoesNYRA298.jpg · 679 days ago ·
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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. Read More
In an electrifying finish, favored Alpha and 33-1 shot Golden Ticket hit the wire together in Saturday's Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course.Read More
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  • nayrod64 · Great race and Golden Ticket proved himself.. congrats to both teams. · 682 days ago ·
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  • Ftlheat · This crop of three year olds continues to get even more confusing. · 681 days ago ·
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Fantastic finish! One for the records!
Eclipse Sportswire was on the scene at Del Mar for the G1 Pacific Classic, where Dullahan redeemed himself with a win over Game On Dude! Also at Del Mar was the G1 Pat O'Brien, a sweep for Bob Baffert's trainees Capital Account and Coil.  At Saratoga, Alpha and Golden Ticket dead-heated fo...Read More
Today one of these horses will win a G1 in 2012.
I just witnessed the best Travers in history!
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  • Southern.humor · I have been around horses my entire life- thanks much. I have even worked with several, It was an expression-As for the race today, Alpha could/have should have made his move earlier. I think Ramon is a bit too conservative, always have. He is a good Jockey, but he is not one to make a bold move. Some would call that smart .. I don't know. I think this time around it was just the horse not willing to run faster than absolutely necessary. It was an interesting race .. Not the best. · 683 days ago ·
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  • Southern.humor · *Worked with several in the racing arena. (Not that it makes me better than any one else, just psaying I kow the 'ins-&-outs' ) · 683 days ago ·
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Jim Dandy winner Alpha, 2-for-2 at the Spa, takes on ten other sophomores in Saturday's Grade I Travers at Saratoga Race Course. Read More
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  • edgaropena · $1 Tri 6/2,5,8,9,10 = $20. Only reason why I put this here is that I do not think you well get any value or else I would of post this on "Play of the Day." · 683 days ago ·
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  • gelded1 · $1.00 key tri 10/6 7 8 11 Nonios to win for $40.00 · 683 days ago ·
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'The Graveyard of Champions' - Sorry Alpha, I like Liason.

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