Travers Day

Saturday August 29, 2009: Saratoga Race Course

Alan Garcia is covered with mud after riding Pegasus Tommy D. to a 5th-place finish in the first race. Travers day was rainy, and this race, like several others intended for the turf, was moved to the sloppy, sealed dirt track.
Devil May Care, John Velazquez up, wins race 2, a six-furlong contest for two-year-old maidens.
Schneerson (left), and Soda Jerk battle for the lead in race 3, a seven-furlong event for maidens three years old and upward. Schneerson beat the Smarty Jones gelding by a nose.
Mikoshi (left), Jose Lezcano up, heads to the track for race 4, the one-mile Lure Stakes for 3-year-olds, which was kept on the turf. The Michael Matz-trained colt was second behind Get Stormy; Jack Spratt (right) was fourth.
New York Holiday (right) Rajiv Maragh up, wins race 5 by 2 ¼ lengths. Grand Stage (#2) with Robby Albarado, was second. The claiming race for three years old and upward was taken off the turf, and six horses were scratched.
Starting out in race 6, an allowance taken off the turf, are, from left, R.J.’s Brigade (Robby Albarado up), Ready’s Clyde (Jose Lezcano up), and The Roundhouse (John Velazquez up.)
Mud and disappointment mark the faces of Ready’s Clyde and his jockey, Jose Lezcano, at the conclusion of the sixth race. The Roundhouse won; Ready’s Clyde was sixth.
Sara Louise, ridden by Edgar Prado, joins in the post parade before race 7, the seven-furlong, Grade III Victory Ride for three-year-old fillies.
Sara Louise wins the Victory Ride; Bold Union (left) is second.
My Piano Man (#3, left), Cornelio Valasquez up, and Moonlark (#8) take part in the post parade before race 8, six furlongs for two-year-old maidens.
Bulldogger, John Velazquez up, wins race 8 by 6 1/2 lengths.
Salve Germania walks in the paddock before race 9, the Grade II Balston Spa. She won the mile and 1/16th turf race for mares and fillies, beating Rutherienne by a head.
Modification is led back after race 10, the seven-furlong Ballerina. The 4-yr-old filly, trained by Doug O'Neill, was a late scratch at the gate.
Capt. Candyman Can (left), Javier Castellano up, and Vineyard Haven, Alan Garcia up, race toward the wire in the seven-furlong King’s Bishop (race 11.) Vineyard Haven finished 1st by a head but there was a steward’s inquiry.
Vineyard Haven, left, and Capt. Candyman Can remain on the track for several minutes after race 11 while the official outcome of the race is decided. Vineyard Haven was disqualified for interference in deep stretch and dropped to 2nd place, giving the win to Capt. Candyman Can.
Our Edge, Alan Garcia up, leads the field at the start of the 140th Travers Stakes (race 12), followed by (from right to left) Quality Road, Kensei and Summer Bird.
Summer Bird, who won the Belmont Stakes in June, wins the Travers. Five years earlier his sire, Birdstone, also won both Grade 1 races.
Summer Bird and Kent Desormueaux head to the winner’s circle.
Summer Bird is joined by his trainer, Tim Ice.
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