08/20/2002 11:00PM

Medaglia d'Oro 2-5 Travers favorite


Jim Dandy winner and Belmont Stakes runner-up Medaglia d'Oro, who is expected to be the heavy favorite in Saturday's 133rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, was installed as the 2-5 morning line Travers favorite at a post position draw breakfast at Saratoga Wednesday morning.

Medaglia d'Oro, trained by Bobby Frankel, drew post five in the nine-horse field and will be ridden by Jerry Bailey.

Louisiana Derby winner Repent, who has not raced since losing to War Emblem in the April 6 Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park, is the 6-1 Travers second choice in the track's morning line odds. Repent, trained by Ken McPeek, drew right next door to Medaglia d'Oro in post four and will be ridden by Edgar Prado.

Others in the field include Swaps runner-up and Haskell third-place finisher Like a Hero (post 3, 8-1), Peter Pan runner-up Puzzlement (post 8, 20-1), and an uncoupled pair of Nick Zito-trained horses, Quest (post 2, 12-1) and Nothing Flat (post 8, 15-1).

The field for Saturday's 133rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers:


1 Shah Jehan D. Wayne Lukas John Velazquez 20-1

2 Quest Nick Zito Javier Castellano 12-1

3 Like a Hero Beau Greely Laffit Pincay Jr. 8-1

4 Repent Ken McPeek Edgar Prado 6-1

5 Medaglia d'Oro Bobby Frankel Jerry Bailey 2-5

6 Gold Dollar D. Wayne Lukas Jorge Chavez 20-1

7 Saint Marden Michael Matz Mike Smith 20-1

8 Nothing Flat Nick Zito Jose Santos 15-1

9 Puzzlement Allen Jerkens Jean-Luc Samyn 20-1