The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) reminds fans that grandstand admission tickets purchased in advance for the 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, presented by NYRA Bets, are $10. Grandstand admission on Travers Day, Saturday, August 26, will be $15.
The Travers field is expected to 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 race is also expected to include Good Samaritan and Girvin, the respective winners of the Jim Dandy and Haskell Invitational.
Travers Day admission may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, on the NYRA XP app, or in-person at the NYRA Box Office at Saratoga Race Course. Saratoga season pass holders are guaranteed admission on Travers Day.
An extremely limited number of clubhouse admission tickets are currently available for $25. Clubhouse upgrades will not be available on Travers Day.
Paid admission will be capped at 50,000 for the safety and comfort of all guests. Gates open at 7 a.m. on Travers Day, with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m.
"Travers Day features a blockbuster card and the chance to see some of racing's biggest stars, including the winners of each leg of the Triple Crown, of the Jim Dandy and Haskell Invitational, along with late developing colts who could surprise us, much like Arrogate did last year. Fans on Saturday will also be treated to the return of champion filly Songbird, a racing superstar who will be making her start in the Personal Ensign," said NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay. "We encourage all fans to buy their admission as soon as possible so that they don't miss out on a great day of racing from start to finish."
The Travers post-position draw will be held on Tuesday, August 22 at Salt & Char on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. A live stream will be available at www.NYRA.com and on the NYRA Now app, which is also accessible through the new NYRA XP app.
The Travers 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.
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.
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.
All guests are subject to enhanced screening upon entering the grounds and 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 table per person that may be reserved in the backyard. Re-selling of picnic tables is not allowed and will result in expulsion from track grounds.
Fans planning to attend the Travers can review a full list of track policies at www.nyra.com/saratoga/visit/saratoga-track-policies.
All reserved seats, dining and hospitality are sold out for Travers Day.
The 2017 season at Saratoga Race Course continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit NYRA.com.