Sunrise at Saratoga on Travers day in 2021
Saturday’s 13-race card at Saratoga Race Course features six graded stakes, five of them Grade 1, topped by the $1.25 million Runhappy Travers Stakes, first staged in 1864 and to be contested for the 153rd time.
Highlight of the summer meet at the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., track, the Travers will be shown on FOX as part of a 90-minute telecast from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET. The 11th race on the card, Travers post time is at 5:44 p.m.
In this week’s Friday Show, publisher Ray Paulick and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills discuss the role of the Travers as a stallion-making race and assess this year’s field, which includes Rich Strike and Early Voting, respective winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, along with Epicenter, runner-up in both races as the betting favorite.
Nevills was on hand at Woodbine for last week’s stunning performance by the filly Moira, who won Canada’s most prestigious race, the Queen’s Plate, beating male rivals handily by seven lengths. He shares his thoughts about the Plate winner along with what could be next for the daughter of Ghostzapper.
Watch this week’s episode of the Friday Show below: