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2010 Travers and King's Bishop Stakes

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Afleet Express wins the 2010 Travers Stakes
Afleet Express wins the 2010 Travers Stakes at Saratoga

Afleet Express (inside) wins the 2010 Travers Stakes at Saratoga

© Vanessa Ng
August 28, 2010

The highlight race of the Saratoga meeting is the $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes (G1), a 1 1/4 mile trip over the main track for 3-year-olds. A field of 11 contested the "Midsummer Derby" under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's, with 45,764 fans in attendance. Long Branch winner and Haskell Invitational (G1) runner-up Trappe Shot was sent off as the lukewarm 4-1 favorite in the contentious field of 11. In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice A Little Warm, winner of two straight including the Jim Dandy (G2) last out, and 6-1 third choice Fly Down, fifth in the Jim Dandy after finishing a close second in the Belmont (G1).

Miner's Reserve and First Dude dueled on the front end getting fractions of 23.42, 47.25, and 1:11.39 over the fast track, while being stalked by A Little Warm 2 lengths behind them. Miner's Reserve led at the 1/4 pole through 1 mile in 1:36.65 before giving way. Afleet Express and Fly Down, 6th and 9th early respectively, closed together on the outside, hooking up at the 1/8 pole to set up a duel to the line. Afleet Express nosed out Fly Down for the win in 2:03.28, and it was a long 6 3/4 lengths back to First Dude third. Trappe Shot failed to rally when asked and finished 9th beaten 23 lengths.

Results chart from DRF

Also on the card were the Ballerina Stakes (G1), Ballston Spa Handicap (G2), and Victory Ride Stakes (G3)

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