The Travers Stakes: Key Information

  • Location: Saratoga Race Course
  • Inaugural Race: 1864
  • Distance: 1 1/4 miles (10 Furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-old American-bred
  • 2017 Purse: $1.25 million
  • 2017 Race Date: August 26th



A Brief History of the Travers Stakes

The Traver Stakes is held annually at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. The race was first held in 1964, named after William R. Travers - president of the old Saratoga Racing Association. The stakes limits the field to three years olds, colts  geldings carrying 126 pounds, and fillies carrying 123 pounds. The race is famous for being the highlight of the summer race meeting at Saratoga.




Traver Stakes - Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Whitney Handicap:

Speed record

1:59.36
Arrogate (2016)

Largest Margin of Victory

22 lengths
Damascus in 1967

Most Wins by a Jockey

5
Javier Castellano

Most Wins by a Trainer

5
Bert Mulholland (1939, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1963)

Most Wins by an Owner

5
Tied: Dwyer Brothers Stable, George D. Widener Jr., Rokeby Stable





Historical Results for the Traver Stakes

In the Traver Stakes storied history, there have been dozens of world famous horses and jockeys that have been crowned the winner. In the table below, view a record of the winning trainers, thoroughbreds, jockeys, and times for every Traver Stakes race.

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Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
Time
Grade
2017
West Coast
3
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Gary L. West
1.25
2:01.19
I
2016
Arrogate
3
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Juddmonte Farms
1.25
1:59.36
I
2015
Keen Ice
3
Javier Castellano
Dale Romans
Donegal Racing
1.25
2:01.6
I
2014
V. E. Day
3
Javier Castellano
James A. Jerkens
Magalen Bryant
1.25
02:03.0
I
2013
Will Take Charge
3
Luis Saez
D. Wayne Lukas
Willis D. Horton
1.25
02:02.7
I
2012
Alpha Golden Ticket
3
Ramon Dominguez/David Cohen
Kiran McLaughlin/Ken McPeek
Godolphin Stables
1.25
02:02.7
I
2011
Stay Thirsty
3
Javier Castellano
Todd Pletcher
Repole Stable
1.25
02:03.0
I
2010
Afleet Express
3
Javier Castellano
James A. Jerkens
Gainesway Farm
1.25
02:03.3
I
2009
Summer Bird
3
Kent Desormeaux
Tim Ice
Kalarikkal & Vilasini Jayaraman
1.25
02:02.8
I
2008
Colonel John
3
Garrett K. Gomez
Eoin G. Harty
WinStar Farm
1.25
02:03.2
I