American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes

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Can American Pharoah win at the “Graveyard of champions”?

American Pharoah will try to become the only second Triple Crown winner to win the prestigious Travers Stakes. Whirlaway won the 1941 Travers after sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes but Man O’ War, Gallant Fox (to long shot Jim Dandy at 100-1) and the great Secretariat were all defeated.

That was then, this is now:

American Pharoah is undefeated against his main rivals Frosted and Texas Red. He has also been running strong at Del Mar. Truth be told, this is probably just a race for second place, and an easy exacta.

The Travers Stakes

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Track: Saratoga Race Course

Turf: Dirt
Distance: 1 1/4 Miles

Age: Three Year Olds and Up

Purse: $1,600,000/$1,250,000

If American Pharoah starts, the Travers purse increases $350,000 to $1.6 million, with the winner earning $850,000.

Travers Stakes Morning Lines

PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Upstart I. Ortiz R. Violette Jr. 15-1
2 American Pharoah Espinoza B. Baffert 1-5
3 Mid Ocean Franco G. Weaver 50-1
4 Texas Red Desormeaux J. Desormeaux 8-1
5 Frammento J. Ortiz N. Zito 30-1
6 Frosted Rosario K. McLaughlin 6-1
7 Keen Ice Castellano D. Romans 12-1
8 Tale of Verve Stevens D. Stewart 30-1
9 King of New York Leparoux K. McPeek 50-1
10 Smart Transition Velazquez J. Shirreffs 20-1
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