Archives for August 3, 2020

Historic Travers Stakes Set for August 8

by Art Parker

The Triple Crown races and The Breeders’ Cup provide the greatest amount of historical talk when it comes to American thoroughbred racing. When Saratoga rolls around every August a treasure trove of racing history is re-opened, and its importance is second to none.

Saratoga is known for many great graded stakes that always play a role in the various division championships. Of all the races at Saratoga there are two that stand out from the standpoint of importance and historical significance. These two races are the Grade One Travers and the Grade One Alabama. In some ways these races restricted to three year olds serve as the “Derby and the Oaks” at the Spa.

The Alabama will be a topic next week. For now, all eyes are on the Travers, which will be run August 8th.

The Travers is the signature event at Saratoga and has often been referred to as the “Mid-Summer Derby.” The inaugural running was in 1864 and was named for William R. Travers, the president of the old Saratoga Racing Association. It was only fitting that his horse won the first running of the Travers.

The Travers is run at the Kentucky Derby distance of 1 ¼ miles. The race has been run at different distances but the current distance has not changed since 1904.

Since 1961, the colors of the Travers winner have been painted onto a canoe which sits on a pond in the infield. The canoe itself has been a fixture at the track since 1926.

Only ten Kentucky Derby winners have won the Travers. There was a long drought of Derby winners being unsuccessful in the Travers beginning in 1943. Shut Out won the Derby and Travers in 1942 and it was 51 years before the feat was achieved again. Sea Hero broke the long drought in 1993.

Affirmed, American Pharoah, Gallant Fox and Whirlaway are the only Triple Crown winners to race in the Travers. Of the three only Whirlaway, in 1941, became the only Triple Crown legend to win the Travers. Affirmed crossed the finish line first in 1978 but was disqualified, and his arch rival Alydar was elevated to first.

Many claim the 1962 Travers was the best race ever. Jaipur won by a nose-bob in track record time over the arguably more talented Ridan after a long nose-to-nose battle over the entire race.

The biggest upset came in 1930 when Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox lost to a 100-1 shot named Jim Dandy. The winner is memorialized with a race named in his honor and is normally a prep race for the Travers. Due to changes caused by COVID-19, the Jim Dandy Stakes will be run after the Travers on September 5, the same day as the Kentucky Derby.

In 2012 Alpha and Golden Ticket finished in a dead heat for first place – the only dead heat in Travers history resulting in two winners. Two canoes were put in the infield pond to commemorate the winners.

In 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was in the race and was worn down in a speed duel with Frosted. Keen Ice passed the popular Triple Crown winner in a major upset.

In what was probably the best performance in Travers history, Arrogate destroyed the field by more than 13 lengths in 2016. The roan son of Unbridled’s Song is the only horse to eclipse the two minute mark and reported home in an eye-opening 1:59:36.

Some of the other greats to win the Travers are: Damascus, Point Given, Buckpasser, Thunder Gulch, Easy Goer, Forty Niner, Chief’s Crown, Gallant Man, Native Dancer and Man O’ War.

As of this moment, Tiz the Law, winner of the Belmont Stakes, is the favorite for the 2020 Travers. The purse for the 2020 Travers is $1,000,000.

The Best Sports for Sports Betting

Gone are the days when people would Netflix and chill. Nowadays, it is all about chilling along with either betting on sport or playing on online casinos. In fact, both these gambling institutions are so intertwined that you can replace one with the other as more and more casinos are offering sports betting options nowadays. Furthermore, thanks to mobile technology, it is now possible to indulge in these fun-filled money-making opportunities from the convenience of our living rooms.

 

With so much happening in the online gambling world, things can get a little daunting for a person who is new to the business. To start with, they need to pick an excellent online gambling establishment. Choosing non-UK sites is one option, that does have a few risks but also come with the added advantage of higher bonuses and fewer restrictions. So, take your time and pick an online casino or bookmaker that makes you feel comfortable. Just make sure that it is beneficial for you in terms of what they offer. Once you have that set, it is time to look at the scope of sports betting and focus on the games that can earn you maximum profits.

Football

Even if we leave aside the fact that football is the “most loved game in the world,” the sheer volume of annual matches is a good enough reason why you should have it in your gambling portfolio. At any given time, there is a football competition taking place in the world. It might be famous tournaments like the Premier League or local games featuring state teams. As a result, you will find that bookmakers cover a wide variety of football odds allowing punters to place different wagers whenever they want.

Cricket

For some, cricket is a niche sport, but one that is followed by billions of people. The most significant reason to bet on cricket is that it allows you to place wagers comfortably at the last minute. Thanks to mobile gambling, it is possible for punters to bet during a match. In cricket, even if we take into account Twenty20, the fastest version of the game, a match lasts at least a few hours. So, a punter can take his or her time and make the best bets based on live performances rather than picking up odds before the game. Moreover, several cricket competitions take place throughout the year, allowing you to earn from it consistently.

Tennis

Tennis comes in out list of essential sports to bet on because it is more of an individual game. For a newcomer, sometimes researching all the team elements before placing a bet can be troublesome. With tennis, they need only focus on a couple of players at one time. Moreover, tennis grand slams are particularly lucrative as most bookies feature various odds for all the players resulting in multiple opportunities for punters to win big.

Horse Racing

Every self-respecting sports betting enthusiast will put a wager on a horse at some time in their life. Horse racing is an essential sport to bet on because of its classic nature. While most people focus on the money aspect of horse racing, it remains a challenging sport that favours the one with skill, tact, and stamina. The thrill of the race that you can enjoy from home or on the racetracks makes it all the more enticing and entertaining.