Travers Stakes generates record all-sources, on-track handle

NYRA Press Office
August 24, 2019 07:49pm
For the second consecutive year, the New York Racing Association generated a Travers Stakes day record all-sources handle as fans wagered $52,129,344 on an afternoon that featured the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Mid-Summer Derby. 

On-track handle was $11,657,493, also a new Travers Day record. 

A paid crowd of 48,213 witnessed Code of Honor secure the fourth Travers victory for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and second for Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. Code of Honor, owned by William S. Farish and Lane's End Farm, posted a final time of 2:01.05 in the Runhappy Travers.

For the first time in history, fans nationwide watched the Runhappy Travers action unfold on the FOX Broadcast Network as part of a special one-hour telecast. Overall, the FOX Sports family of networks broadcast 6 ½ hours of live racing action from Saratoga, which included all seven graded stakes on the card.

Other Grade 1s on the afternoon were the Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign, Ballerina, H. Allen Jerkens and Forego. 
Rounding out the blockbuster card was the Ballston Spa (G2).

Saratoga's meet continues through Labor Day.

Travers Day Handle 2015-2019

2019 Travers Day
August 24, 2019
All-sources: $52,129,344
On-track: $11,657,493

2018 Travers Day
August 25, 2018
All-sources: $52,086,597
On-track: $11,466,264

2017 Travers Day
August 26, 2017
All-sources: $47,870,987
On-track: $10,862,095

2016 Travers Day
August 27, 2016
All-sources: $45,596,367
On-track: $10,778,993

2015 Travers Day
August 29, 2015
All-sources: $49,668,754
On-track: $11,472,451


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