August 19, 2022 3 min read
This is the most popular day of the Saratoga summer racing meet!
When the Saratoga Racing Association named the Travers Stakes for William R. Travers (one of the founders of America's oldest race course), they sought only to honor a man who'd made his mark on the sport of horse racing. Mr. Travers' horse, Kentucky, won that first race in 1864.
Almost immediately, the Travers became a prestigious event, as word spread that the race was designed for only extraordinary three-year-old horses. The race has been run at four different distances during the course of its history to-date:
The present distance of 1 1/4 miles is a perfect distance for contemporary three-year-olds. The race is open to colts and geldings, carrying 126 lb (57.2 kg) and fillies, carrying 121 lbs. (54.9 kg).
The Travers creates memories every year, for thousands of people. There are too many wonderful experiences to recount here, but some of those memories that have been shared by large numbers of race fans include:
The Travers Trophy is known as the Man O' War Cup, and was designed by Tiffany & Co. The trophy was named for Samuel Riddle's great Champion: Mr. Riddle donated the trophy as the permanent award for winning the race. Typically, a gold-plated replica is presented to the winner every year by a member of the Riddle family.
The winner of the Travers Stakes typically receives an extravagant floral blanket, a beautiful blanket of flowers to drape over the horse, handmade locally with over a thousand carnations.
The Travers Canoe has been a lovely tribute to the winners of the Travers every year since 1961. The canoe is painted in the colors of the silks of the reigning Travers winner. A canoe has been a fixture in the infield pond since 1926, but it wasn't until 1961 that the canoe became affiliated with the Travers.
The City of Saratoga Springs typically celebrates the entire week leading up to Travers Day with various events, including live music, as part of a Travers Festival.
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