Travers 2022: See Ed DeRosa’s early odds for midsummer derby

Travers 2022: See Ed DeRosa’s early odds for midsummer derby
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire composite

How does the saying go? "When life doesn't hand you odds, make book"?

No, no, no, don't do that. That'd be illegal. But to paraphrase O.J. Simpson, If I made book, this is how I'd do it.

For the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 27, it's a tale of three tiers for me. The obvious contenders are led by Epicenter at 5-2 and followed by Dwyer Stakes (G3) winner Charge It, Jim Dandy (G2) runner-up Zandon and Haskell (G1) winner Cyberknife.

Then there are the intriguing long shots – Preakness Stakes winner Early Voting, Curlin Stakes winner Artorius and West Virginia Derby winner Skippylongstocking.

And finally the 50-1 outsiders – Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike, Curlin runner-up Gilded Age and Iowa Derby winner Ain't Life Grand.

Travers 2022Ed's oddsTrainerLast jockeySire
Epicenter  5-2Steve AsmussenJoel RosarioNot This Time
Charge It  3-1Todd PletcherJohn VelazquezTapit
Zandon  7-2Chad BrownFlavien PratUpstart
Cyberknife  4-1Brad CoxFlorent GerouxGun Runner
Early Voting  8-1Chad BrownJose OrtizGun Runner
Artorius10-1Chad BrownIrad Ortiz Jr.Arrogate
Skippylongstocking12-1Saffie Joseph Jr.Edwin GonzalezExaggerator
Ain't Life Grand50-1Kelly Von HemelElvin GonzalezNot This Time
Gilded Age50-1Bill MottJunior AlvaradoMedaglia d'Oro
Rich Strike50-1Eric ReedSonny LeonKeen Ice

The line adds up to 129.6 points, which I think is fair for a futures book. The prices I'm willing to offer now do not necessarily align with who I see as the most likely winner – Charge It – or the best value from a pari-mutuel perspective – Cyberknife. Epicenter almost certainly will be the favorite, and obviously he is dangerous and can win, but I expect an underlaid price come Aug. 27.

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