2017 Travers Stakes by the Numbers

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Alpha (blue/white jockey silks) and Golden Ticket (orange/purple/green jockey silks) finish in a dead heat in the 2012 Travers Stakes. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Travers Stakes is one of the most historic races in the country and has been an annual feature at Saratoga for nearly as long as the track has been running. Known as the Mid-Summer Derby, this year’s Travers has attracted a competitive field squaring off in a race that could help determine year-end championship honors. Read on for a rundown of the race by the numbers.

1 ¼ miles- The distance of the race.

1:59.36- Track record time that Arrogate completed the 2016 Travers in. He won by 13 ½ lengths, the largest margin of victory since 1979.

2- The number of Travers winners in 2012, when Alpha and Golden Ticket finished in the only dead heat win in Travers history. In 1874, prior to the photo finish camera, Attila and Acrobat finished in a tie but Attila won the run-off and was declared the winner.

3- This year is only the third time that the three different Triple Crown race winners (Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing and Tapwrit) will meet in the Travers. Seven other times the Travers has featured the winners of all Triple Crown races, but the same horse had won one or more of them.

4- The number of Triple Crown winners to run in the race: Gallant Fox, Whirlaway, Affirmed and American Pharoah. Whirlaway is the only winner in the bunch, defeating two other horses in 1941.

V.E. Day and Javier Castellano win the Travers in 2014. (Eclipse Sportswire)

5- The record number of victories by Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano. He’s won two of the last three Travers and four of the last seven.

7- The number of fillies that have won the Travers, all prior to 1916.

9- The number of Travers winners that were named Horse of the Year the same year, most recently Point Given in 2001.

10- The race has been decided by a nose on 10 occasions, the last in 2014 when V. E. Day defeated stablemate Wicked Strong.

12- The number of horses expected for Saturday’s race, two less than the record field of 14 that competed in the 1977 edition.

14- The number of trainers tied with two wins apiece, including Bob Baffert, trainer of 2017 contender West Coast, and Todd Pletcher, trainer of Tapwrit.

21- The number of winners that started the race in post position No. 4, more than any other post.

22 lengths- Record margin of victory when Damascus won in 1967.

36- The number of Travers runners named champion 3-year-old that season, including three of the last four years: Arrogate, American Pharoah and Will Take Charge.

43.8%- Success rate of the betting favorite in the Travers since 1901, with 49 winning favorites in 112 runnings. In the last 20 years the favorite has won only 30 percent of the time.

$53.50- Amount collected on a $2 win bet on Adonis in 1945, the largest pari-mutuel payoff in Travers history.

1864- The first year the Travers was run. Saturday marks the 148th edition of the Saratoga staple.

$2,950- Winning purse of the first Travers in 1864. That’s worth around $43,000 in today’s dollars.

66,122- Highest attendance in Travers history, occurring in 2003 when Ten Most Wanted emerged victorious.

$1,250,000- Total purse of this year’s race. The winner receives $670,000 of it.

$49,668,754- Record amount bet on Saratoga races on Travers day 2015, when American Pharoah brought his star power to the track.


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