All data was manually compiled and is subject to human error.
The Travers is a 10 furlong race over the dirt for 3-year-olds at Saratoga. First run in 1864, it’s also known as the Mid-Summer Derby.
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Below is a look at data from a variety of angles to see what has produced winners in the Travers from 1991-2018.
Charts are interactive, hover over or touch bars and lines for more information.
Bettors’ Choice is the ranked order of the field by final odds: The favorite is the first choice, the second favorite is the second choice and so on. For example, 1991 winner Corporate Report was 5th choice in a 6 horse field.
To read the charts below, 0 on the vertical axis is the lead, any distance behind the leader is below 0 and any distance above 0 is the amount the leader is ahead of the next horse. At the bottom are the points of call as they correspond to the charts. Each line is a horse, and you can hover over the point of call for each line to see more information about the horse.
For example, if you hover over the bottom-most line in the first chart, at the 1/2 mile mark you’ll see that 1997 winner V.E. Day was 14.5 lengths behind the leader at this point in the race.
Position at the 1/2 mile mark
In the lead
Between .1 and 3 lengths off leader
Off the pace:
Between 3 and 6 lengths off the leader
More than 6 lengths off the leader
The Travers has been predominately won by stalkers/pressers, or horses that have sat within 3 lengths of the leader (57%). This trend has roughly continued for the past ten years with stalker/pressers winning 40% of the time. We’ve counted 2012 dead heat winners Alpha and Golden Ticket as one for running style as they had the same running style.
A closer look at winning running styles by decade.
Since 1991 the Travers has transitioned from a relatively formful race to a place to find a good price.
The average winning odds since 1991 are 6.1-1 with a median of 4-1 and an average $2 win payout of $12.70. Since 2010 the averages and medians have dramatically increased to odds of 11.5-1 with a median of 8.3-1 with a an average $2 win payout of $20.50.
The winner on average has been the 3rd choice (3.28) since 1991 and has jumped up to 4th (4.25) since 2010. The favorite has an average finish position of 3rd (3.86) since 1991. The average favorite finish position has dropped to 6th (6.11) since 2010.
Stalkers/Pressers have performed best since 1991 winning 57.1% of the time. This trend has roughly continued in the past ten years with stalker/pressers winning 40% of the time.
Winners have predominately come from Saratoga since 1991 but in the last 10 years California tracks and Monmouth Park shippers have performed well. Field size has been slightly above the 2017 average of 7.7 starters with an average of 8.71 starters since 1991 and jumped to an average of 10.45 starters since 2010.