08/29/2016 1:30PM

Strong business figures for stacked Travers card


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – All-sources handle for Saturday’s Travers card at Saratoga was $45,596,366, the second-highest in history.

The figure was down 8.1 percent from last year’s figure of $49,668,754, when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah participated in the race, finishing second to Keen Ice.

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Ontrack handle Saturday was $10,778,992, the fourth-highest in Travers history. It was down 6 percent from $11,472,451 last year. Ontrack figures that surpassed this year’s total were in 2013 ($10,980,379) and 2014 ($10,850,894).

This was the second year that the Travers card was stacked with six Grade 1 races and seven graded races overall. There were 13 races on the card each year, but there were 124 betting interests on Saturday, up from 117 last year.

Announced paid admissions on Saturday was 48,630, down 2.7 percent from last year’s capped crowd of 50,000. New York Racing Association officials had capped this year’s crowd at 50,000 as well, but it didn’t quite get there.

Those who did attend the Travers saw a record-setting performance by the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate, who ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.36, smashing the track record of 2:00 set by General Assembly in 1979. Arrogate’s 13 1/2-length margin of victory was the third-largest in Travers history behind Damascus (22 lengths in 1967) and General Assembly (15 lengths in 1979).

Arrogate was ridden by Mike Smith, who joined Bill Shoemaker, Jerry Bailey, Eric Guerin, and Chris McCarron as three-time winners of the Travers. Four jockeys have won four editions of the Travers, while Javier Castellano owns the record of five Travers victories.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Further proof that horse race betting is no longer a game of skill and rather something akin to keno. Pick a number any number and the bigger the payout the better . I actually traveled to Saratoga for the Whitney  in one of the races a hundred dollar horse won and it was celebrated like it was a win by Secretariat . This game has no handicappers anymore only numbers gamblers , don't get me wrong I love to pick a long shot mand have on many occasions . But there was a handicapping principle or angle behind it. I can guarantee you that was not the case with the one on Whitney day. Or in my opinion Arrogate .a horse that had beaten a total of 10 horses in his life time .and whose last race was in a optional claimer versus two other horses. Not only did he win but did it by 13 lengths in record time. It was a Armstrong like performance in the Tour de France . Remember when he and his team could not lose . We all now know why . Lately we've started seeing a few freakish performances the kind that had not been see for a long time .Another sheiks horse Frosted is running like a machine .but he did have good races to recommend him . I hope Arrogate is a freak but I'm not holding my breath.
GarlandTex1 More than 1 year ago
With a large percentage of that handle going to the State, why does Cuomo keep stifling Thoroughbred Racing? Must be as dumb as he sounds.
Frank More than 1 year ago
because he is a crook like ALL politicians -- that's why you need to vote for Trump -- he is not one of them!
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Frank More than 1 year ago
give head!
Joly James More than 1 year ago