Out of Order, Travers Still Shines
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
The $1 million Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) heads the August 8 card at Saratoga, where five total stakes will draw the eyes of the nation. The Travers, affectionately called the Mid Summer Derby, historically comes after the Triple Crown races have been run, but in 2020 it comes before both the Kentucky Derby (September 5) and Preakness Stakes (October 3).
The winner of the 2020 Belmont Stakes (G1), Tiz the Law, heads the field of eight for the 1 ¼-mile Travers. A winner in five of his six starts, Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law has already won the Florida Derby (G1) and Holy Bull Stakes (G3) this year. Manny Franco will be back aboard the Barclay Tagg-trainee, a popular bay with a white face sired by Constitution. He has been working over the Saratoga surface since mid-July.
Third in the Belmont Stakes at 14-1 was Max Player, who is back for the Travers. The son of Honor Code is trained by Linda Rice, and won the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct in February. He broke his maiden in December by more than four lengths, and gets Belmont pilot Joel Rosario back for this. He worked a bullet five furlongs over the Belmont training track August 3.
Unbeaten Uncle Chuck hails from the Bob Baffert barn. The son of Uncle Mo cost $250,000, and looks to follow in the footsteps of Baffert-trained Travers winners Arrogate and West Coast. Uncle Chuck won the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) by four lengths; the horse he beat that day, Thousand Words, bounced back to win the Shared Belief at Del Mar August 1.
Country Grammer comes from the Chad Brown outfit. The $450,000 purchase is by Tonalist and both of his wins have been at nine furlongs, while his three losses have come at less distance. The stretch to ten furlongs might very well suit the bay colt, who will have Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard. Caracaro, who was second by a neck in the Peter Pan, is also entered, and will have Javier Castellano aboard.
Recent maiden winner First Line drew the rail for trainer Orlando Noda. The son of First Samurai took a July 29 maiden race just 10 days ago. David Cohen will ride.
Second three times at Gulfstream Park this winter was Shivaree, who ran behind Tiz the Law in the Florida Derby. Ralph Nicks trains the son of Awesome of Course, who will have Junior Alvarado aboard. He has already made 12 starts lifetime with a pair of stakes wins at Gulfstream Park.
South Bend rounds out the field. Trainer Bill Mott takes over the training of this son of Algorithms, who was a stakes winner at Churchill Downs last year and is three for five on a dry track. Watch every race of the Saratoga meeting on TVG.com.
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