Travers StakesSaratoga Springs, N.Y. Saratoga Race Course
Affectionately called the “Mid-Summer Derby”, the Travers Stakes is contested by 3-year-olds over the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs) on Saratoga Race Course’s main track. The Travers Stakes is the oldest major stakes race in the U.S. having first been conducted in 1864.
The Travers was named for William R. Travers, president of the old Saratoga Racing Association. The initial running of the race was won by his horse Kentucky. From 1864 to 1889, the race was run at 1 3/4 miles, and the current distance was adopted for the 1904 running.
In 1941 Triple Crown champion Whirlaway became the first and only horse to win the Travers after sweeping the Triple Crown. In the 1982 Travers, Canadian champion Runaway Groom became the first horse to defeat the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont winners in a single race. No other horse has accomplished this feat since. In 2012 Alpha and Golden Ticket won the race the first and only Travers dead heat. Other top horses to win the Travers also include Bernardini, Medaglia d'Oro, Holy Bull, Easy Goer, Forty Niner, Alydar, Arts and Letters, Damascus, Sword Dancer, Native Dancer and Man o' War.
- Race Number: 12
- Date of Race: August 23, 2014
- Current Purse: $1,000,000
- Location: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- Track: Saratoga Race Course
- Distance: 1 1/4 miles
- Surface: Dirt
- Horse Age: 3-year-olds
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- Fastest Time (since 1976): 2:00.00 (General Assembly, 1979)
- Greatest Winning Margin (since 1976): 15 lengths
- Past Winners: