Super Screener: The 3 must-bet Travers Stakes contenders

August 21, 2019 02:05pm
Super Screener: The 3 must-bet Travers Stakes contenders
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As of late, Mike Shutty says, the Travers Stakes (G1) has been a “formful race” appreciated by pace and pressing types of horses going the classic 1 1/4 miles at Saratoga. But could this Saturday’s edition be taken by a contender coming from a bit farther back?

Danny Gargan, who trains Tax, guaranteed a stiff pace after his horse drew the widest post position in the field of 12.

“We have no choice, so we've got to go,” said Gargan, whose runner could be joined near the lead by the likes of Mucho Gusto and Looking At Bikinis.

Shutty, the author of Horse Racing Nation’s Super Screener handicapping system, accordingly likes a trio of off-the-pace runners in Saturday’s race as “A” horses, meaning they’re worth including atop tickets in horizontal and vertical wagers.

Super Screener uses time-tested methods to analyze on a weekly basis, with what’s offered here a sample of the full product available now. Expect to see undercard features alongside a full-field Travers analysis in the latest edition.

Those must-use horses that figure to like the setup are…

1. Tacitus: “He g
ets blinkers with the goal of getting him involved early,” Shutty says. “No question about his ability to get the 1 1/4 and continue to deliver high octane energy late. Sans the bad trip in the Jim Dandy (G2), he beats Tax despite the unfavorable pace setup.”

2. Code of Honor:
A serious threat to Tacitus who is making just his second start since May and projects to make a strong forward move,” Shutty says. “Another for which this distance is not a question. Despite the dawdling Dwyer (G3) pace, running very wide and losing the whip, he crushed the weak field.”

3. Highest Honors: “A late-blooming Chad Brown charge out of Tapit that is begging for more ground,” Shutty says. “He’s getting good at the right time with a big move projected off that last race, in which he was much the best. Will sit mid-pack and will come on with strong energy late.”

It’s one thing to handicap, however, and another to structure a wager.

“Historically, you can count on one longshot hitting the superfecta in this race, and it is usually a fourth-place finisher,” Shutty said. “The same outcome seems likely here as the top-ranked horses look tough enough to take down all three spots of the Trifecta. A number of horses, however, have that ‘bump-up’ or ‘hold-on’ shot at a long price to complete the superfecta.”

Shutty mentioned Scars Are Cool, the late-developing Sagamore runner whose career started after the Kentucky Derby, as well as Owendale, who’s classic-placed and a multiple Grade 3 winner, as price players who could land in the top four.

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2019 Travers Stakes (G1)


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