With the upset of Keen Ice's win, the Travers solidified its reputation as the graveyard of favorites.
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After American Pharoah demolished the field in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (Gr.1) at Monmouth Park at the beginning of August and continued to train exceptionally well, Baffert approved Zayat's wish to run the Travers.
Click above to watch Stay Thirsty winning the Travers Stakes
(Image : USA Today - Footage : NYRA)
TRAVERS STAKES (Grade 1)
Saratoga, Dirt, 2000m
27 August 2011
In the pantheon of America’s racing affairs, as important a three-year-old race as the Kentucky Derby, is Saratoga’s 10 furlong Travers Stakes (Gr1), contested last Saturday at the upstate New York venue. In the end, this was an out-and-out triumph for the sons and grandsons of A.P. Indy, as the winner, Stay Thirsty (by Bernardini), second on his previous start in the Belmont Stakes, strode away from Rattlesnake Bridge (by Tapit) and J W Blue (by Sky Mesa). The latter two stallions are sons of Pulpit (by A.P. Indy).
This throws the Three-Year-Old championship of America into disarray, and it will take some big performances going into the Breeders Cup, to put it to rest. For the time being though, it’s A.P. Indy; game, set and match.