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August 24, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Colonel John edged Mambo in Seattle in a photo finish yesterday to win the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Colonel John ran 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes, 3.20 seconds and earned $600,000 for WinStar Farm. The Eoin Harty-trained horse paid $10.40, $5.40 and $4.30. Mambo in Seattle, ridden by Robby Albarado, paid $6.30 and $5.10. Pyro, the favorite, finished third in the race for 3-year-olds. Golf Steve Stricker blew a 4-stroke lead at Ridgewood Country Club, leaving Kevin Streelman atop the leader board at 8-under 205 in The Barclays, the PGA Tour event in Paramus, N.J. Darren Clarke was at 12-under 198 with a 3-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson in the European Tour's KLM Open at Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
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August 26, 2011 | by Dick Jerardi, jerardd@phillynews.com
IF ONE horse could ever win consecutive stakes, the 3-year-old championship would be all but decided. Perhaps, tomorrow's Travers Stakes (NBC10, 5:45 p.m.) at Saratoga is the time. If the Preakness or Belmont Stakes winner could get the Travers, that horse would be the leader in the division. Stay Thirsty and Coil won the Jim Dandy and Haskell, respectively, the first weekend of August. Stay Thirsty looked legit, running quite fast after a strong second in the Belmont. Coil caught the best part of the track when winning at Monmouth Park, so he is still a bit of a mystery.
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August 24, 1997 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On Travers Stakes day, when excitement bubbled like the springs that made this town famous, Saratoga Race Course was a spectacle of contrasts. Thin-lipped women in pastel suits and wide-brimmed hats entered with four guys from Queens who brought ragged lawn chairs and a dolly carrying two large coolers of beer. "Yo, moron!" yelled one, Kevin Annacone, at another. "I said meet at the Union Street gate!" Betting novices delayed long, impatient lines with $2 show wagers, while skittish handicappers studied laptop software at finish-line clubhouse tables.
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August 25, 1996 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Will's Way, a forgotten colt sidelined by injury this spring while the top 3-year-old thoroughbreds were basking in the spotlight of the Triple Crown races, scored a victory for patience and acupuncture here yesterday. He also threw a wrench into the 3-year-old divisional race, knocking off the top contenders in the 127th running of the Travers Stakes, a 10-furlong, $750,000 Grade I event known as the Midsummer Derby. A 7-1 long shot in a field of seven, Will's Way outlasted Preakness winner Louis Quatorze in a stirring eyeball-to-eyeball stretch drive that left the celebrity-sprinkled Saratoga Spa crowd of 45,394 nearly limp.
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July 24, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Birdstone, who denied Smarty Jones the Triple Crown with his shocking come-from-behind victory in the June 5 Belmont Stakes, will make his first start back on Aug. 28 in the $1 million Travers Stakes. "The only shot I have of getting him to the Travers is to train him up to the race," trainer Nick Zito told Bloodhorse.com. "So, we'll just have to wait it out and get him in that cycle and try to pull it off. He has run some of his best races off layoffs. He proved that in the Belmont.
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September 13, 2012
The biggest day of the year for Parx Racing will come on Sept. 22, when the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby combines with the first Grade I race in Bensalem history, the Cotillion Stakes. The Grade II Pennsylvania Derby will be a rematch of last month's prestigious Travers Stakes. Alpha finished in a dramatic dead heat with Golden Ticket. The two races will draw some of the top thoroughbreds in their divisions. The Cotillion will feature a matchup between last year's 2-year-old filly champion, the undefeated My Miss Aurelia, and the current dominant 3-year-old filly, Questing.
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August 23, 1994 | Inquirer photographs by Eric Mencher
Summertime and the living is easy in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. . . . where the fishing is particularly sweet in Great Sacandaga Lake . . . where the water isn't the only thing that sparkles. Society is the real thing in Saratoga. It's a party every night, says one longtime resident. If you're lucky and Mary Lou Whitney takes a shine to you, you might even ride to the digs of Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney in a horse and carriage. But don't despair. You don't have to be rich to feel pretty flush in friendly Saratoga Springs, where even Mrs. Whitney, always expressively attired and often smiling, mingles with the masses at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
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March 23, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
When the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby was moved to nearly 3 weeks after its traditional Labor Day placement last year, the theory was that the race was more likely to attract one of the best 3-year-olds, as Parx Racing's signature race would be removed from the Travers Stakes at Saratoga and potentially serve as a final Breeders' Cup prep. It nearly worked as the connections of Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky were seriously thinking about the Pa. Derby. The horse ended up not coming because of timing/illness issues.
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August 20, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Funny Cide is not out of the $1 million Travers Stakes yet. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner put in an encouraging workout yesterday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., but trainer Barclay Tagg insisted the gelding was still "highly doubtful" for his greatly anticipated rematch against Empire Maker on Saturday. Empire Maker ended Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes. "He's had one little half-mile work since the Haskell and he's supposed to run against the best horses in the world?"
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August 25, 1987 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Results are expected later this week from blood and urine tests administered to Alysheba after his sixth-place finish in Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes, which was won by Java Gold. Manuel A. Gilman, Saratoga's chief steward, said that at noon Saturday, guards were placed on Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba, Java Gold and Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice after the stewards received some information that an illegal medication might be administered to Alysheba. Alysheba was the Travers' 5-2 favorite, while Java Gold and Bet Twice were the second and third betting choices.
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September 1, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
S ARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bob Baffert had just offered to give up his seat at the postrace news conference to the man who owned the winning horse in Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The great trainer moved a few paces away from the dais, but was quickly surrounded. After answering a few questions, he looked at me, smiled and said: "The last 50 yards, I was thinking Parx. " That would have been the Sept. 19 Pennsylvania Derby, almost certainly Baffert's first choice for American Pharoah's next race after the Triple Crown winner overwhelmed the field in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational.
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August 25, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
TRIPLE CROWN winner American Pharoah was somehow even more dazzling when he won the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational than he was in winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes. It was an encore worthy of a horse who has transcended the sport. It was very clear the series had taken nothing out of American Pharoah that day at Monmouth Park. The colt ran really fast and made it all look so easy. Since that moment, trainer Bob Baffert has been looking for reasons not to run in Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
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September 13, 2012
The biggest day of the year for Parx Racing will come on Sept. 22, when the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby combines with the first Grade I race in Bensalem history, the Cotillion Stakes. The Grade II Pennsylvania Derby will be a rematch of last month's prestigious Travers Stakes. Alpha finished in a dramatic dead heat with Golden Ticket. The two races will draw some of the top thoroughbreds in their divisions. The Cotillion will feature a matchup between last year's 2-year-old filly champion, the undefeated My Miss Aurelia, and the current dominant 3-year-old filly, Questing.
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August 26, 2012
Alpha and long shot Golden Ticket finished in a historic dead heat for the win in the $1 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, N.Y. It appeared as if Golden Ticket would pull off a huge upset all by himself in the field of 11 3-year-olds. But 2-1 favorite Alpha closed strongly in the final yards and the two hit the wire together. The photo finish sign flashed on the tote board, and a few minutes later, the crowd roared when the dead- heat sign made it official.
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August 26, 2011 | by Dick Jerardi, jerardd@phillynews.com
IF ONE horse could ever win consecutive stakes, the 3-year-old championship would be all but decided. Perhaps, tomorrow's Travers Stakes (NBC10, 5:45 p.m.) at Saratoga is the time. If the Preakness or Belmont Stakes winner could get the Travers, that horse would be the leader in the division. Stay Thirsty and Coil won the Jim Dandy and Haskell, respectively, the first weekend of August. Stay Thirsty looked legit, running quite fast after a strong second in the Belmont. Coil caught the best part of the track when winning at Monmouth Park, so he is still a bit of a mystery.
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March 23, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
When the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby was moved to nearly 3 weeks after its traditional Labor Day placement last year, the theory was that the race was more likely to attract one of the best 3-year-olds, as Parx Racing's signature race would be removed from the Travers Stakes at Saratoga and potentially serve as a final Breeders' Cup prep. It nearly worked as the connections of Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky were seriously thinking about the Pa. Derby. The horse ended up not coming because of timing/illness issues.
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September 8, 2009 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Never mistaken for a fool, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey had penciled in the Pennsylvania Derby for his dark bay colt Gone Astray - with one big caveat. "I was waiting to see what Rachel Alexandra did, to tell you the truth," McGaughey said. "I knew going over this track at a mile and one-eighth, I didn't think too many 3-year-olds would beat her. " McGaughey made those comments in the winners' circle yesterday at Philadelphia Park, so that tells you how it worked out. Although the sensational filly enhanced her reputation yet again against older males in Saturday's Woodward Stakes, Gone Astray, ridden by Eddie Castro, got the bigger payday, running away to a 9 1/4-length victory over 3-year-olds in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.
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August 24, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Colonel John edged Mambo in Seattle in a photo finish yesterday to win the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Colonel John ran 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes, 3.20 seconds and earned $600,000 for WinStar Farm. The Eoin Harty-trained horse paid $10.40, $5.40 and $4.30. Mambo in Seattle, ridden by Robby Albarado, paid $6.30 and $5.10. Pyro, the favorite, finished third in the race for 3-year-olds. Golf Steve Stricker blew a 4-stroke lead at Ridgewood Country Club, leaving Kevin Streelman atop the leader board at 8-under 205 in The Barclays, the PGA Tour event in Paramus, N.J. Darren Clarke was at 12-under 198 with a 3-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson in the European Tour's KLM Open at Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
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August 25, 2007
Since a million bucks doesn't buy what it used to, and the next-best 3-year-old on today's outstanding card at Saratoga is running 45 minutes earlier, it isn't surprising that Street Sense will be the overwhelming favorite in the Travers Stakes. The Kentucky Derby winner will likely be 1-2 or even less to defeat six opponents in the 138th running of the classic at 11/4 miles. Trained by the masterful Carl Nafzger and ridden by Calvin Borel, Street Sense offers few if any detractions while attempting to become the seventh consecutive odds-on favorite to capture the $1 million, Grade I Travers, which has a post time of 5:40 p.m. (ESPN, 4-6 p.m.)
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July 31, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Ian Crocker broke his own world record in the 100-meter butterfly yesterday at the World Swimming Championships in Montreal. Crocker touched in 50.40 seconds - easily eclipsing the record of 50.76 that he set in beating fellow American Michael Phelps at last year's U.S. Olympic trials. Phelps won the race that mattered, overtaking Crocker for the gold in Athens. Kate Ziegler, a 17-year-old who looks like America's next great distance swimmer, won the 800 freestyle to go along with an earlier victory in the 1,500 freestyle.
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