Fact Sheet: 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, presented by NYRA Bets

ADMISSION AND GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Admission gates open at 7 a.m. on Travers Day, with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m.
  • Parking gates open at 6:45 a.m.
  • Grandstand admission tickets purchased in advance for Travers Day are $10.
  • Grandstand admission on Travers Day is $15.
  • Travers Day admission may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the NYRA Box Office at Saratoga Race Course.
  • Saratoga season pass holders are guaranteed admission on Travers Day.
  • Paid admission will be capped at 50,000 for the safety and comfort of all guests.
  • There are no clubhouse upgrades on Travers Day.
  • There is no Breakfast on the Porch and no Tram Tours on Travers Day.
  • All reserved seats, dining and hospitality are sold out for Travers Day.

SECURITY

  • All guests are subject to enhanced screening upon entering the grounds. It is recommended that guests allot additional time when planning their trip to Saratoga for Travers Day.
  • Guests will NOT be permitted to run once inside the property for their safety. This policy will be strictly enforced.
  • There is a strict limit of one picnic table per person in the backyard. Re-selling of picnic tables is not allowed and will result in expulsion from track grounds.

THE TRAVERS 

  • The Travers, presented by NYRA Bets, will go to post at 5:44 p.m. and is the 11th race on a 13-race card.
  • The Travers field will be led by Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, Preakness winner Cloud Computing, and Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit, which will mark the first time since 1982 that the individual winners of all three Triple Crown races will meet in the Travers.
  • The field of 12 will also include Good Samaritan and Girvin, the respective winners of the Jim Dandy and Haskell Invitational.
  • The Travers, presented by NYRA Bets, will be one of six Grade 1 races on the afternoon, which will also feature the $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational, the $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina, the $600,000 Forego, the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial and the $700,000 Personal Ensign. The blockbuster day also includes the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa.

SONGBIRD

  • Champion filly Songbird will make her return to Saratoga in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Travers Day.
  • Songbird has 13 wins in 14 starts, including last year's Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama at Saratoga Race Course.  

WAGERS

  • The Travers will be the final leg of a $1 million guaranteed Pick 4 and will also be part of the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5, available exclusively to NYRA Bets members nationwide and to bettors in New York wagering on-track or through a simulcast facility.
  • NYRA Bets members are eligible for a guaranteed minimum $300,000 payout on Travers Day if they wager using NYRA Bets and are the single-ticket winner of the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5. The $300,000 guaranteed payout is available only to NYRA Bets members on Saturdays until the end of the Saratoga summer meet. Every other race day of the meet there will be a guaranteed $150,000 payout to the single-ticket winner of the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5, who wagers using NYRA Bets.

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • All six Grade 1 stakes on Saturday's Travers Day card at Saratoga Race Course will be broadcast to a national audience beginning at 2 p.m.
  • FS2 will broadcast a special edition of Saratoga Live from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
  • NBC will air the Sword Dancer and Travers live from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

TRAVERS DAY ACTIVITIES

  • Master Sergeant Mary Kay Messenger of the West Point United States Military Academy will perform the National Anthem.
  • Cadets from the United States Military Academy Parachute Team will perform a prevision freefall demonstration on Travers Day. The cadets will parachute onto the outer turf course from a helicopter hovering approximately 3,500 feet over the Saratoga infield at approximately 4:25 p.m. (weather permitting). A practice jump will occur at approximately 10:15 a.m. The cadets will utilize a remote camera to showcase the jump on the Saratoga video boards.
  • Saturday will feature Taste NY: Food, Artisans and craft beer, a lively on-track market where guests can sample and shop New York food and crafts, and now enjoy craft beer tastings from select New York breweries (five samples for $5) in the Berkshire Bank Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The events will be complemented by handicapping tutorials and racing tips from the Bets Squad, as well as the opportunity to learn more about NYRA Bets and the all-new mobile app for Saratoga, NYRA XP.
  • The fun will continue after racing with the Ketel One Party at The Post featuring music, cocktail samplings and giveaways.
  • The Community Outreach Booth will host the Backstretch Employee Service Team, which aids the hard-working men and women employed to take care of the horses in the barn area. Spa Mirbeau will offer chair and hand massage services on the Jockey Silks Porch from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In lieu of service fees, all guest contributions will be donated to the Backstretch Employee Service Team.   
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