Travers Day

Saturday August 28, 2010: Saratoga Race Course

Dynaslew wins the Grade II Ballston Spa, the first of five graded stakes races on Travers Day. The four-year-old daughter of Dynaformer and granddaughter of Seattle Slew was ridden by Eibar Coa.

Worstcasescenario and Alan Garcia head from paddock to track for race 9, the 8th running of the Grade III Victory Ride, six furlongs on the dirt for three-year-old fillies.
My Jen walks in the paddock before race 9.
Sister Dawn, Rajiv Maragh up, joins the post parade for the Victory Ride.
The winner is Rapport, ridden by Martin Garcia. My Jen was second.
Katy Now is unsaddled after finishing fourth in the Victory Ride.


Race 10, the 32nd running of the Grade I Ballerina Stakes for fillies and mares: from left, Warbling moves up on the outside to pass Jessica is Back and Devil by Design, on her way to a second-place finish behind Rightly So (#1.)
Rightly So, Cornelio Velazquez up, wins the seven-furlong Ballerina Stakes by four lengths. The four-year-old filly is trained by Tony Dutrow.
Devil by Design, a four-year-old Medaglia d'Oro filly who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux, just missed third place, finishing a neck behind Jessica is Back, who in turn was a neck behind Warbling.

D'Funnybone, with Edgar Prado, warms up before the 26th running of the Grade I King's Bishop, seven furlongs on the dirt for three-year-olds.
Bank Merger, Alan Garcia up, races to a second-place finish in the King's Bishop.

Discreetly Mine and John Velazquez win the King's Bishop.

Admiral Alex, making his second lifetime start, joins the post parade for the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, ridden by Kent Desormeaux. Like two others in the eleven-horse Travers field, Admiral Alex is a son of Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex.
Start of the 141st running of the Travers Stakes, one and 1/4 mile on the dirt for three-year-olds: Friend or Foe, left, and A Little Warm join the charge.
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and his regular jockey, Calvin Borel, are near the back of the Travers pack after breaking from the outside post. They finished second to last, beating only Admiral Alex.
Fly Down (left), Jose Lezcano up, and Afleet Express battle for the lead in the final furlong.

Afleet Express prevails by a nose, giving trainer Jimmy Jerkins his first Travers win.
The colt and his jockey, Javier Castellano, head to the winner's circle.
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