Daily Racing Form: Even Without Justify, Travers Day Handle Sets Record

At over $52 million, the figure eclipsed that of Travers Day 2015, when American Pharoah lost to Keen Ice.

The New York Racing Association didn’t need a Triple Crown winner to have record business on Travers Day.

Despite the fact Triple Crown winner Justify was already enjoying retirement, all-sources handle on Saturday’s 13-race card was $52,086,597, eclipsing the previous Travers Day record of $49,668,754, set in 2015 when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was upset by Keen Ice. After a meet punctuated by rainy weather, Saturday’s 13-race card was run under pristine weather conditions with the main track fast and both turf courses firm.

Saturday’s figure was also 8.8 percent higher than last year’s figure of $47,870,983.

Ontrack handle Saturday was $11,466,264, just missing the ontrack record of $11,472,451 set in 2015, but the second-highest for a Travers Day card.

Attendance on Saturday was announced as 49,418, a 3.5 percent increase over last year’s figure of 47,725.

Catholic Boy, trained by Jonathan Thomas, won the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes by four lengths over Mendelssohn, giving jockey Javier Castellano his record sixth victory in this race.

This story originally appeared on DRF.com

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David Grening, Daily Racing Form

David Grening covers the New York Racing Association circuit of Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga plus such national events as the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup. He is a contributing author to "Champions" and joined Daily Racing Form in 1998.


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