The post position draw for the Travers was today and there was a surprise entry from Elliott Walden of Sheila's Flag. He isn't admitting this is a rabbit for Victory Gallop to try and tire out Coronado's Quest, but that is pretty much what the consensus opinion was.
|1||7||Victory Gallop||Elliott Walden||Alex Solis||7-5|
|1A||8||Sheila's Flag||Elliott Walden||Eibar Coa||7-5|
|2||1||Grand Slam||D. Wayne Lukas||Jerry Bailey||6-1|
|3||2||Dice Dancer||H. Allen Jerkens||J.L. Samyn||12-1|
|4||3||Coronado's Quest||Shug McGaughey||Mike Smith||8-5|
|5||4||Archers Bay||Todd Pletcher||Pat Day||10-1|
|6||5||Deputy Diamond||Scotty Schulhofer||Jose Santos||15-1|
|7||6||Raffie's Majesty||H. James Bond||Jorge Chavez||12-1|
- Vote for your favorite in the Travers from NYRA, so far Coronado's Quest is in the lead
- Official Travers page also from NYRA with video clips of past races
- Travers Barn Notes
As you may already know, I am at Saratoga for the weekend and of course I am taking lots of photos. Here are a few from my digital camera to hold you until I get home and get my film developed. Also check here for photos from Friday and the Personal Ensign Handicap.
Coronado's Quest grazes in the paddock behind Shug's barn. As you can see I was very close to him and even got to pat him on the neck and rub his nose. Contrary to his behavoir on the track at times, he was very well behaved and gentle.
The Man O'War cup, the traditional Travers trophy. They drew the names from this in the post position draw.
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