Travers Stakes: Fastest Editions of All-Time

Travers Stakes: Fastest Editions of All-Time
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It was nearly a year ago when Arrogate burst onto the scene with a record-breaking Grade 1 Travers Stakes win. The big gray stars Saturday in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar with hopes to rebound from his fourth place run in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap. The racing world will be watching to see if he returns to his dominating form, but no matter the outcome, it’s hard to forget his historic Travers run.


Featured here are the ten fastest Travers Stakes ever run at the classic 1 ¼-mile distance, topped by Arrogate himself.

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1.) Arrogate (2016), 1:59.36 – The Travers marked Arrogate’s stakes debut, and he did not disappoint in his trip to Saratoga. Not only did Arrogate break the stakes record time, but also the course record time with a 13 ½-length win. Since then, the Unbridled’s Song colt has won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Pegasus World Cup, and the Dubai World Cup.



2.) General Assembly (1979), 2:00.00 – General Assembly’s stakes record time lasted for 37 years before Arrogate came along. He was undefeated at Saratoga, winning the Saratoga Special and Hopeful Stakes at two and an allowance and the Travers at three.


3.) Honest Pleasure (1976), 2:00.20 – After earning Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old Colt, Honest Pleasure captured a string of Grade 1 races in the beginning of his 3-year-old season. The Triple Crown series halted his winning ways, but he accomplished a comeback win in the Travers.


4.) Easy Goer (1989), 2:00.80 – After turning the tables on Sunday Silence in the Belmont Stakes, Easy Goer went on a win streak to also capture the Whitney Handicap, the Travers, the Woodward Handicap, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup.



5.) Thunder Rumble (1992), 2:00.99 – Thunder Rumble was able to take both the Jim Dandy Stakes and the Travers during his 3-year-old summer at Saratoga. He returned two years later to win the Saratoga Cup.


6.) Play Fellow (1983), 2:01.00 – The Travers marked a three-race win streak for Play Fellow during his 3-year-old season. Prior to the Travers, he won American Derby and the Arlington Classic.


7.) Loud (1970), 2:01.00 – Loud ran 88 times during his career. He earned 12 wins, 16 seconds, and 14 thirds.


8.) Corporate Report (1991), 2:01.20 – After five runner-up efforts in graded stakes company, Corporate Report got his breakthrough in the Travers, the last race of his career.


9.) Chief’s Crown (1985), 2:01.20 – After the Triple Crown series ended his six-race win streak, the 1984 Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old Colt found himself back in the winner’s circle in the Travers.


10.) Key to the Mint (1972), 2:01.20 – Key to The Mint racked up an impressive resume on his way to becoming the 1972 Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Colt. In addition to the Travers, he also won the Derby Trial, the Withers Stakes, the Brooklyn Handicap, the Whitney, and the Woodward.



By Christine Oser

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