08/25/2010 8:27AM

Saratoga: Trappe Shot in Travers


 By David Grening


 SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. _  Trappe Shot, the runner-up to Lookin At Lucky in the $1 million Haskell Invitational, will run in Saturday’s $1 million Travers at Saratoga, his connections announced Wednesday morning, two hours before post positions were to be drawn.


 Owners and Nicholas and Jim Brady of Mill House and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin contemplated running Trappe Shot in the Grade 1 $250,000 King’s Bishop at seven furlongs on the same card, but in the end opted to take a shot in the 1 1-4-mile Travers.


 Trappe Shot has not won beyond 1 1-16 miles and arguably his best performance was a first-level allowance win going seven furlongs on Belmont Stakes Day. He won the Long Branch at 1 1-16 miles at Monmouth before finishing second, beaten four lengths to Lookin At Lucky in the Haskell Invitational at 1 1-8 miles.


 ``He had all kinds of trouble against Lookin At Lucky and he’s not in there,’’ McLaughlin said. ``A mile and an eighth to a mile and quarter isn’t a big deal. Turning back [in distance] has been successful for many people out of the Haskell, but we’d like to take a shot. That was what the decision was; it was a close call but we decided to take a shot in the Travers. Obviously, when we go in the gate we’d be on of the choices. Discreetly Mine is 3 -5 in the [King’s Bishop]; there wont be anybody lower than 2-1 in the Travers.’’


 Trappe Shot will likely vie for favoritism in the Travers with Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm. Others expected to be entered include Admiral Alex, Afleet Again, Afleet Express, First Dude, Fly Down, Friend or Foe and Super Saver. Miner’s Reserve remained possible 90 minutes before entries.