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HOST SITE:
SARATOGA RACE COURSE // SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
RACE DATE:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2022
FIRST RACE POST TIME:
11:35AM ET
H. ALLEN JERKENS MEMORIAL:
3:52PM ET
SWORD DANCER:
5:05PM ET
TRAVERS STAKES:
5:44PM ET
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STAKES LINEUP

G2 BALLSTON SPA
$400K
1:17PM ET
RACE 4
F&M TURF
G1 FOREGO
$600K
1:55PM ET
RACE 5
DIRT SPRINT
G1 H. ALLEN JERKENS MEMORIAL
$500K
3:52PM ET
RACE 8
3YO DIRT SPRINT
G1 PERSONAL ENSIGN
$600K
4:32PM ET
RACE 9
F&M DIRT ROUTE
G1 SWORD DANCER
$750K
5:05PM ET
RACE 10
TURF ROUTE
G1 TRAVERS STAKES
$1.25M
5:45PM ET
RACE 11
3YO DIRT ROUTE

travers stakes

post positions

1
CYBERKNIFE
(7-2)
Owner:
Gold Square
Trainer:
Brad Cox
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
2
RICH STRIKE
(10-1)
Owner:
RED TR-Racing
Trainer:
Eric Reed
Jockey:
Sonny Leon
3
AIN'T LIFE GRAND
(20-1)
Owner:
RPM Thoroughbreds
Trainer:
Kelly Von Hemel
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
4
GILDED AGE
(30-1)
Owner:
Grandview Equine
Trainer:
Bill Mott
Jockey:
Junior Alvarado
5
ARTORIUS
(9-2)
Owner:
Juddmonte
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz Jr.
6
EPICENTER
(7-5)
Owner:
Winchell Thoroughbreds
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
7
EARLY VOTING
(8-1)
Owner:
Klaravich Stables
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
8
ZANDON
(5-1)
Owner:
Jeff Drown
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Jockey:
Flavien Prat

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travers stakes

contenders

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Zandon
Zandon
M/L
5-1
Career Record:
6: 2-2-2
Career Earnings:
$1,133,000
Past 5 Races:
2-3-1-3-2
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3
Pedigree:
UPSTART-MEMORIES PREVAIL

Grade 1 Blue Grass winner has finished just behind Travers foe Epicenter in both the Kentucky Derby and Jim Dandy. He's a son of Upstart, 4th in the 2015 Travers and a stakes winner at Saratoga. Expect a late-running style.

Cyberknife
Cyberknife
M/L
7-2
Career Record:
9: 5-2-0
Career Earnings:
$1,596.520
Past 5 Races:
1-1-18-1-1
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
Trainer:
Brad Cox
Color/Age:
CHESTNUT/3YO
Pedigree:
GUN RUNNER-AWESOME FLOWER

The only 2-time Grade 1 winner in this year's 3-year-old crop to date, the Arkansas Derby and Haskell champ looks to overcome his major blemish in the Kentucky Derby when 18th. Expected near the early pace.

Rich Strike
Rich Strike
M/L
10-1
Career Record:
10: 2-0-3
Career Earnings:
$2,016,289
Past 5 Races:
6-1-3-4-3
Jockey:
Sonny Leon
Trainer:
Eric Reed
Color/Age:
CHESTNUT / 3YO
Pedigree:
KEEN ICE-GOLD STRIKE

80-1 Kentucky Derby upsetter looks to add the Midsummer Derby and be the first to win both races since Street Sense in 2007. He's proven at the Travers 1-1/4 miles distance and likely will employ his late-running style.

Epicenter
Epicenter
M/L
7-5
Career Record:
9: 5-3-0
Career Earnings:
$2,270,639
Past 5 Races:
1-2-2-1-1
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Color/Age:
BAY/3YO
Pedigree:
NOT THIS TIME-SILENT CANDY

Jim Dandy winner in local Travers prep got back in the winners' circle after seconds in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He's currently at the slight head of the class for champion 3-year-old, thanks in part to a versatile running style.

Early Voting
Early Voting
M/L
8-1
Career Record:
5: 3-1-0
Career Earnings:
$1,347,500
Past 5 Races:
4-1-2-1-1
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
GUN RUNNER-AMOUR D'ETE

Preakness champ at 1-3/16 miles has been questioned by his camp at the Travers 1-1/4 miles distance, but earned the start after a strong recent workout at Saratoga. He's a front-runner by nature and the one to catch., trying to become the first Preakness/Travers winner since Bernardini in 2006.

Artorius
Artorius
M/L
9-2
Career Record:
3: 2-1-0
Career Earnings:
$142,250
Past 5 Races:
1-1-2
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
ARROGATE-PAULASSILVERLINING

Most lightly raced Travers entrant, the Curlin Stakes winner has a victory over the course and his sire, Arrogate, was a dominant 2016 Travers winner. Dam Paulassilverlining was a Grade 1 sprinter in her heyday.

Gilded Age
Gilded Age
M/L
30-1
Career Record:
8: 2-1-1
Career Earnings:
$204,579
Past 5 Races:
2-1-13-3-1
Jockey:
Junior Alvarado
Trainer:
Bill Mott
Color/Age:
BAY/3YO
Pedigree:
Medaglia d'Oro-Angela Renee

Curlin Stakes runner-up is a son of 2002 Travers winner Medaglia d'Oro, while his dam Angela Renee placed twice in Saratoga stakes. He's in search of his first career stakes victory.

Ain't Life Grand
Ain't Life Grand
M/L
20-1
Career Record:
8: 5-0-2
Career Earnings:
$399,883
Past 5 Races:
1-1-3-4-1
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
Trainer:
Kelly Von Hemel
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
Not This Time-Cat d'Oro

Won back-to-back stakes in his home state, including the Iowa Derby against open company. He finished 4th in his only trip away from Prairie Meadows in this spring's Bachelor at Oaklawn. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel's brother, Donnie, finished 2nd in 1989 Travers with OK-bred Clever Trevor.

Zandon
Zandon
M/L
5-1
Career Record:
6: 2-2-2
Career Earnings:
$1,133,000
Past 5 Races:
2-3-1-3-2
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3
Pedigree:
UPSTART-MEMORIES PREVAIL

Grade 1 Blue Grass winner has finished just behind Travers foe Epicenter in both the Kentucky Derby and Jim Dandy. He's a son of Upstart, 4th in the 2015 Travers and a stakes winner at Saratoga. Expect a late-running style.

Cyberknife
Cyberknife
M/L
7-2
Career Record:
9: 5-2-0
Career Earnings:
$1,596.520
Past 5 Races:
1-1-18-1-1
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
Trainer:
Brad Cox
Color/Age:
CHESTNUT/3YO
Pedigree:
GUN RUNNER-AWESOME FLOWER

The only 2-time Grade 1 winner in this year's 3-year-old crop to date, the Arkansas Derby and Haskell champ looks to overcome his major blemish in the Kentucky Derby when 18th. Expected near the early pace.

Rich Strike
Rich Strike
M/L
10-1
Career Record:
10: 2-0-3
Career Earnings:
$2,016,289
Past 5 Races:
6-1-3-4-3
Jockey:
Sonny Leon
Trainer:
Eric Reed
Color/Age:
CHESTNUT / 3YO
Pedigree:
KEEN ICE-GOLD STRIKE

80-1 Kentucky Derby upsetter looks to add the Midsummer Derby and be the first to win both races since Street Sense in 2007. He's proven at the Travers 1-1/4 miles distance and likely will employ his late-running style.

Epicenter
Epicenter
M/L
7-5
Career Record:
9: 5-3-0
Career Earnings:
$2,270,639
Past 5 Races:
1-2-2-1-1
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Color/Age:
BAY/3YO
Pedigree:
NOT THIS TIME-SILENT CANDY

Jim Dandy winner in local Travers prep got back in the winners' circle after seconds in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He's currently at the slight head of the class for champion 3-year-old, thanks in part to a versatile running style.

Early Voting
Early Voting
M/L
8-1
Career Record:
5: 3-1-0
Career Earnings:
$1,347,500
Past 5 Races:
4-1-2-1-1
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
GUN RUNNER-AMOUR D'ETE

Preakness champ at 1-3/16 miles has been questioned by his camp at the Travers 1-1/4 miles distance, but earned the start after a strong recent workout at Saratoga. He's a front-runner by nature and the one to catch., trying to become the first Preakness/Travers winner since Bernardini in 2006.

Artorius
Artorius
M/L
9-2
Career Record:
3: 2-1-0
Career Earnings:
$142,250
Past 5 Races:
1-1-2
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
ARROGATE-PAULASSILVERLINING

Most lightly raced Travers entrant, the Curlin Stakes winner has a victory over the course and his sire, Arrogate, was a dominant 2016 Travers winner. Dam Paulassilverlining was a Grade 1 sprinter in her heyday.

Gilded Age
Gilded Age
M/L
30-1
Career Record:
8: 2-1-1
Career Earnings:
$204,579
Past 5 Races:
2-1-13-3-1
Jockey:
Junior Alvarado
Trainer:
Bill Mott
Color/Age:
BAY/3YO
Pedigree:
Medaglia d'Oro-Angela Renee

Curlin Stakes runner-up is a son of 2002 Travers winner Medaglia d'Oro, while his dam Angela Renee placed twice in Saratoga stakes. He's in search of his first career stakes victory.

Ain't Life Grand
Ain't Life Grand
M/L
20-1
Career Record:
8: 5-0-2
Career Earnings:
$399,883
Past 5 Races:
1-1-3-4-1
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
Trainer:
Kelly Von Hemel
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
Not This Time-Cat d'Oro

Won back-to-back stakes in his home state, including the Iowa Derby against open company. He finished 4th in his only trip away from Prairie Meadows in this spring's Bachelor at Oaklawn. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel's brother, Donnie, finished 2nd in 1989 Travers with OK-bred Clever Trevor.

Zandon
Zandon
M/L
5-1
Career Record:
6: 2-2-2
Career Earnings:
$1,133,000
Past 5 Races:
2-3-1-3-2
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3
Sire:
UPSTART-MEMORIES PREVAIL

Grade 1 Blue Grass winner has finished just behind Travers foe Epicenter in both the Kentucky Derby and Jim Dandy. He's a son of Upstart, 4th in the 2015 Travers and a stakes winner at Saratoga. Expect a late-running style.

Cyberknife
Cyberknife
M/L
7-2
Career Record:
9: 5-2-0
Career Earnings:
$1,596.520
Past 5 Races:
1-1-18-1-1
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
Trainer:
Brad Cox
Color/Age:
CHESTNUT/3YO
Sire:
GUN RUNNER-AWESOME FLOWER

The only 2-time Grade 1 winner in this year's 3-year-old crop to date, the Arkansas Derby and Haskell champ looks to overcome his major blemish in the Kentucky Derby when 18th. Expected near the early pace.

Rich Strike
Rich Strike
M/L
10-1
Career Record:
10: 2-0-3
Career Earnings:
$2,016,289
Past 5 Races:
6-1-3-4-3
Jockey:
Sonny Leon
Trainer:
Eric Reed
Color/Age:
CHESTNUT / 3YO
Sire:
KEEN ICE-GOLD STRIKE

80-1 Kentucky Derby upsetter looks to add the Midsummer Derby and be the first to win both races since Street Sense in 2007. He's proven at the Travers 1-1/4 miles distance and likely will employ his late-running style.

Epicenter
Epicenter
M/L
7-5
Career Record:
9: 5-3-0
Career Earnings:
$2,270,639
Past 5 Races:
1-2-2-1-1
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Color/Age:
BAY/3YO
Sire:
NOT THIS TIME-SILENT CANDY

Jim Dandy winner in local Travers prep got back in the winners' circle after seconds in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He's currently at the slight head of the class for champion 3-year-old, thanks in part to a versatile running style.

Early Voting
Early Voting
M/L
8-1
Career Record:
5: 3-1-0
Career Earnings:
$1,347,500
Past 5 Races:
4-1-2-1-1
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
BROWN/3YO
Sire:
GUN RUNNER-AMOUR D'ETE

Preakness champ at 1-3/16 miles has been questioned by his camp at the Travers 1-1/4 miles distance, but earned the start after a strong recent workout at Saratoga. He's a front-runner by nature and the one to catch., trying to become the first Preakness/Travers winner since Bernardini in 2006.

Artorius
Artorius
M/L
9-2
Career Record:
3: 2-1-0
Career Earnings:
$142,250
Past 5 Races:
1-1-2
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3YO
Sire:
ARROGATE-PAULASSILVERLINING

Most lightly raced Travers entrant, the Curlin Stakes winner has a victory over the course and his sire, Arrogate, was a dominant 2016 Travers winner. Dam Paulassilverlining was a Grade 1 sprinter in her heyday.

Gilded Age
Gilded Age
M/L
30-1
Career Record:
8: 2-1-1
Career Earnings:
$204,579
Past 5 Races:
2-1-13-3-1
Jockey:
Junior Alvarado
Trainer:
Bill Mott
Color/Age:
BAY/3YO
Sire:
Medaglia d'Oro-Angela Renee

Curlin Stakes runner-up is a son of 2002 Travers winner Medaglia d'Oro, while his dam Angela Renee placed twice in Saratoga stakes. He's in search of his first career stakes victory.

Ain't Life Grand
Ain't Life Grand
M/L
20-1
Career Record:
8: 5-0-2
Career Earnings:
$399,883
Past 5 Races:
1-1-3-4-1
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
Trainer:
Kelly Von Hemel
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3YO
Sire:
Not This Time-Cat d'Oro

Won back-to-back stakes in his home state, including the Iowa Derby against open company. He finished 4th in his only trip away from Prairie Meadows in this spring's Bachelor at Oaklawn. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel's brother, Donnie, finished 2nd in 1989 Travers with OK-bred Clever Trevor.

Zandon
Zandon
M/L
5-1
Career Record:
6: 2-2-2
Career Earnings:
$1,133,000
Past 5 Races:
2-3-1-3-2
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3
Pedigree:
UPSTART-MEMORIES PREVAIL

Grade 1 Blue Grass winner has finished just behind Travers foe Epicenter in both the Kentucky Derby and Jim Dandy. He's a son of Upstart, 4th in the 2015 Travers and a stakes winner at Saratoga. Expect a late-running style.

Cyberknife
Cyberknife
M/L
7-2
Career Record:
9: 5-2-0
Career Earnings:
$1,596.520
Past 5 Races:
1-1-18-1-1
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
Trainer:
Brad Cox
Color/Age:
CHESTNUT/3YO
Pedigree:
GUN RUNNER-AWESOME FLOWER

The only 2-time Grade 1 winner in this year's 3-year-old crop to date, the Arkansas Derby and Haskell champ looks to overcome his major blemish in the Kentucky Derby when 18th. Expected near the early pace.

Rich Strike
Rich Strike
M/L
10-1
Career Record:
10: 2-0-3
Career Earnings:
$2,016,289
Past 5 Races:
6-1-3-4-3
Jockey:
Sonny Leon
Trainer:
Eric Reed
Color/Age:
CHESTNUT / 3YO
Pedigree:
KEEN ICE-GOLD STRIKE

80-1 Kentucky Derby upsetter looks to add the Midsummer Derby and be the first to win both races since Street Sense in 2007. He's proven at the Travers 1-1/4 miles distance and likely will employ his late-running style.

Epicenter
Epicenter
M/L
7-5
Career Record:
9: 5-3-0
Career Earnings:
$2,270,639
Past 5 Races:
1-2-2-1-1
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Trainer:
Steve Asmussen
Color/Age:
BAY/3YO
Pedigree:
NOT THIS TIME-SILENT CANDY

Jim Dandy winner in local Travers prep got back in the winners' circle after seconds in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He's currently at the slight head of the class for champion 3-year-old, thanks in part to a versatile running style.

Early Voting
Early Voting
M/L
8-1
Career Record:
5: 3-1-0
Career Earnings:
$1,347,500
Past 5 Races:
4-1-2-1-1
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
GUN RUNNER-AMOUR D'ETE

Preakness champ at 1-3/16 miles has been questioned by his camp at the Travers 1-1/4 miles distance, but earned the start after a strong recent workout at Saratoga. He's a front-runner by nature and the one to catch., trying to become the first Preakness/Travers winner since Bernardini in 2006.

Artorius
Artorius
M/L
9-2
Career Record:
3: 2-1-0
Career Earnings:
$142,250
Past 5 Races:
1-1-2
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer:
Chad Brown
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
ARROGATE-PAULASSILVERLINING

Most lightly raced Travers entrant, the Curlin Stakes winner has a victory over the course and his sire, Arrogate, was a dominant 2016 Travers winner. Dam Paulassilverlining was a Grade 1 sprinter in her heyday.

Gilded Age
Gilded Age
M/L
30-1
Career Record:
8: 2-1-1
Career Earnings:
$204,579
Past 5 Races:
2-1-13-3-1
Jockey:
Junior Alvarado
Trainer:
Bill Mott
Color/Age:
BAY/3YO
Pedigree:
Medaglia d'Oro-Angela Renee

Curlin Stakes runner-up is a son of 2002 Travers winner Medaglia d'Oro, while his dam Angela Renee placed twice in Saratoga stakes. He's in search of his first career stakes victory.

Ain't Life Grand
Ain't Life Grand
M/L
20-1
Career Record:
8: 5-0-2
Career Earnings:
$399,883
Past 5 Races:
1-1-3-4-1
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
Trainer:
Kelly Von Hemel
Color/Age:
DARK BAY-BROWN/3YO
Pedigree:
Not This Time-Cat d'Oro

Won back-to-back stakes in his home state, including the Iowa Derby against open company. He finished 4th in his only trip away from Prairie Meadows in this spring's Bachelor at Oaklawn. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel's brother, Donnie, finished 2nd in 1989 Travers with OK-bred Clever Trevor.

travers stakes

EXPERT PICKS

EDDIE OLCZYK
TRAVERS S.

EPICENTER
ARTORIUS
CYBERKNIFE
ZANDON

JEFF SIEGEL
TRAVERS S.

ARTORIUS
EPICENTER
CYBERKNIFE
RICH STRIKE

JON WHITE
TRAVERS S.

EPICENTER
CYBERKNIFE
ZANDON
EARLY VOTING

MICHELLE YU
TRAVERS S.

EPICENTER
CYBERKNIFE
ARTORIUS
EARLY VOTING

MILLIE BALL
TRAVERS S.

EPICENTER
ARTORIUS
CYBERKNIFE
ZANDON

ZOE CADMAN
TRAVERS S.

CYBERKNIFE
EPICENTER
ARTORIUS
ZANDON

JEREMY PLONK
TRAVERS S.

EPICENTER
ZANDON
CYBERKNIFE
EARLY VOTING

TOM QUIGLEY
TRAVERS S.

EPICENTER
EARLY VOTING
ZANDON
AIN'T LIFE GRAND

BRIAN NADEAU
TRAVERS S.

EPICENTER
CYBERKNIFE
ZANDON
ARTORIUS

DUSTIN FABIAN
TRAVERS S.

CYBERKNIFE
EPICENTER
EARLY VOTING
ZANDON

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RACE 1
11:35AM ET // MAIDEN - $105,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
4
DIDINGER
28%
49%
69%
2
TRACK MATE
18%
40%
55%
7
STANDARD OF PROOF
14%
31%
48%
5
NARCISO DALI
12%
20%
27%
RACE 2
12:08PM ET // MAIDEN - $105,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
4
ALEXIS ZORBA
25%
46%
63%
1
FIRE BARON
20%
31%
48%
10
FUNTASTIC AGAIN
12%
21%
34%
7
AMERICA'S GUEST
9%
31%
42%
RACE 3
12:44PM ET // ALLOWANCE - $95,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
1
on the hill
30%
48%
59%
6
majority partner
16%
29%
47%
9
great workout
14%
36%
54%
2
bold journey
9%
20%
32%
RACE 4 // BALLSTON SPA STAKES
1:17PM ET // GRADE 2 - $400,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
4
FLUFFY SOCKS
30%
55%
76%
5
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
23%
47%
68%
3
OUR FLASH DRIVE
18%
40%
57%
2
LEMISTA
18%
31%
55%
RACE 5 // FOREGO STAKES
1:55PM ET // GRADE 1 - $600,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
3
JACKIE'S WARRIOR
26%
49%
69%
1
BABY YODA
18%
32%
54%
5
CODY'S WISH
15%
37%
53%
7
KNEEDEEPINSNOW
14%
26%
41%
RACE 6
2:32PM ET // STARTER ALLOWANCE - $70,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
5
BALTASAR
26%
45%
56%
2
LIFE CHANGER
20%
30%
41%
8
LUNI SIMA
18%
24%
34%
9
DOCTOR LOVE
8%
18%
26%
RACE 7
3:12PM ET // ALLOWANCE - $120,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
3
DISCREET TUNE
17%
34%
50%
9
HIGHER STANDARD
15%
44%
50%
7
CAZADERO
15%
23%
35%
1
comedy town
11%
19%
31%
RACE 8 // H. ALLEN JERKENS STAKES
13:52PM ET // GRADE 1 - $500,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
6
JACK CHRISTOPHER
25%
45%
63%
8
GUNITE
17%
29%
48%
1
CONAGHER
13%
34%
47%
9
ACCRETIVE
13%
23%
37%
RACE 9 // PERSONAL ENSIGN STAKES
4:32PM ET // GRADE 1 - $600,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
3
CLAIRIERE
33%
60%
76%
2
SEARCH RESULTS
21%
42%
64%
5
MALATHAAT
20%
51%
69%
1
LETRUSKA
15%
24%
38%
RACE 10 // SWORD DANCER STAKES
5:05PM ET // GRADE 1 - $750,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
6
GUFO
24%
40%
50%
9
CHANNEL MAKER
15%
28%
38%
1
ADHAMO
11%
23%
34%
8
SOLIDER RISING
9%
20%
30%
RACE 11 // TRAVERS STAKES
5:44PM ET // GRADE 1 - $1,250,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
7
EARLY VOTING
31%
50%
69%
8
ZANDON
21%
35%
50%
6
EPICENTER
14%
32%
51%
2
RICH STRIKE
9%
22%
38%
RACE 12
6:20PM ET // MAIDEN - $88,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
2
FEATHERS ROAD
24%
44%
51%
7
HEYMACKIT'SJACK
14%
32%
47%
8
SIR JOHN
14%
26%
37%
5
RIPE FOR MISCHIEF
10%
16%
26%
RACE 13
6:52PM ET // ALLOWANCE - $15,000
PP
HORSE
WIN%
PLACE%
SHOW%
2
INVINCIBLE GAL
21%
35%
52%
1
PARNAC
18%
26%
38%
12
JANE GREY
14%
24%
31%
4
WICKED GROOVE
13%
24%
34%

RACE 4

millie ball

BALLSTON SPA

saturday // 1:17pm et

G2 - $400,000

SCENE SETTER: Trainer Chad Brown has won 5 of the 8 graded stakes in New York this year for fillies and mares on turf, and has dominated the Ballston Spa for a decade-plus with a record 6 victories in this event. His speedster In Italian won Saratoga’s Grade 1 Diana earlier in the meet in wire-to-wire fashion, but she’ll sit this one out as 3 other stablemates comprise the 5-runner affair.

1/ST BET FACTORS, POWERED BY BETMIX:

Top 1/ST BET factors for the Ballston Spa have been Avg. Best 2 of Last 3 Speed, Trainer-Jockey Combo Win % and Avg. Late Pace.
Last year's winner Viadera ranked first in 3 of the top-6 1/ST BET factors for this race.

millie ball // $100 ballston spa wagering strategy:

  • $50 WIN: LEMISTA
  • $50 EXACTA: TECHNICAL ANALYSIS over LEMISTA

millie'S TOP 4 PICKS

1. LEMISTA
2. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
3. FLUFFY SOCKS
4. OUR FLASH DRIVE

STATS & TRENDS

LAST 10 WINNERS' PREPS
’21 Viadera
DeLa Rose (Sar) / 4th
’20 Starship Jubilee
Hillsborough (Tam) / 1st
’19 Significant Form
Caress (Bel) / 5th
’18 Quidara
allowance (Bel) / 2nd
’17 Lady Eli
Diana (Sar) / 1st
’16 Strike Charmer
Diana (Sar) / 5th
’15 Dacita
LasOaks (Chi) / 1st
’14 Abaco
Diana (Sar) / 4th
’13 Laughing
Diana (Sar) / 1st
’12 Zagora
Diana (Sar) / 3rd
LAST 10 FAVORITES' FINISH
’21 Viadera (.80)
1st
’20 Sistercharlie (.40)
3rd
’19 Mashka (2.70)
9th
’18 A Raving Beauty (.90)
4th
’17 Lady Eli (.70)
1st
’16 Lady Eli (.90)
2nd
’15 Tepin (1.60)
2nd
’14 Filimbi (.65)
6th
’13 Hungry Island (2.55)
5th
’12 Zagora (1.50)
1st

KNOW THIS

Trainer Chad Brown has won the Ballston Spa 4 of the past 5 years and 6 times in the last 10. He has trained the last 6 post-time favorites in this race.

Five of the last 6 winners have been aged 5 or older.

Twice the Ballston Spa has been won wire-to-wire in the past decade, Quidara in 2018 and Laughing in 2013.

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RACE 5

michelle yu

FOREGO

saturday // 1:55pm et

G1 - $600,000

SCENE SETTER: The 2021 Eclipse Award champion sprinter Jackie’s Warrior made history July 30 when winning the Vanderbilt, becoming the first horse ever to win Grade 1 stakes 3 consecutive summers at Saratoga. The Forego could be gravy on top for the star dasher from trainer Steve Asmussen, who has won this race 2 of the past 3 years with Mitole and Yaupon.

1/ST BET FACTORS, POWERED BY BETMIX:

Top 1/ST BET factors for the Forego have been Best Speed Last 3, Avg. Lifetime Earnings and Best Lifetime Speed.
Last year’s winner Yaupon ranked first in 4 of the top-20 1/ST BET factors for this race.

michelle yu // $100 forego wagering strategy:

  • $90 WIN: JACKIE'S WARRIOR
  • $10 EXACTA: JACKIE'S WARRIOR over BABY YODA

michelle'S TOP 4 PICKS

1. JACKIE'S WARRIOR
2. BABY YODA
3. CODY'S WISH
4. TWO THREE ZONE

STATS & TRENDS

LAST 10 WINNERS' PREPS
’21 Yaupon
Lite the Fuse (Pim) / 1st
’20 Win Win Win
allowance (Bel) / 2nd
’19 Mitole
Vanderbilt (Sar) / 3rd
’18 Whitmore
Sprint Champ (Bel) / 2nd
’17 Drefong
Bing Crosby (Dmr) / DNF
’16 A.P. Indian
Vanderbilt (Sar) / 1st
’15 Private Zone
Sprint Champ (Bel) / 1st
’14 Palace
Vanderbilt (Sar) / 1st
’13 Strapping Groom
Kid Russell (Sar) / 1st
’12 Emcee
Vanderbilt (Sar) / 3rd
LAST 10 FAVORITES' FINISH
’21 Yaupon (2.00)
1st
’20 Funny Guy (3.05)
4th
’19 Mitole (.90)
1st
’18 City of Light (.85)
2nd
’17 Drefong (1.15)
1st
’16 A.P. Indian (1.10)
1st
’15 Private Zone (1.60)
1st
’14 Clearly Now (.80)
8th
’13 Justin Phillip (.75)
3rd
’12 Emcee (1.55)
1st

KNOW THIS

Jockey Ricardo Santana has won the Forego 3 of the past 4 years – Whitmore (’18), Mitole (’19) and Yaupon (’21).

Favorites have won 5 of the last 7 Forego editions with the last winner above 10-1 odds being Strapping Groom in 2013 at 15-1.

Horses aged 4 have won this race 3 years in a row and 10 of the last 15 years.

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RACE 8

jeremy plonk

H. ALLEN JERKENS MEMORIAL

saturday // 3:52pm et

G1 - $500,000

SCENE SETTER: After a distance test in the Haskell went slightly off key, Jack Christopher returns to 1-turn racing and puts his 4-for-4 sprint record on the line. It’s the season’s most important 3-year-old sprint race, and gives last year’s Saratoga Grade 1 Hopeful winner Gunite a chance for another showcase showdown. He won a thrilling renewal of the local prep, the Grade 2 Amsterdam, on July 31. His trainer Steve Asmussen seeks a third straight win in the Jerkens.

1/ST BET FACTORS, POWERED BY BETMIX:

Top 1/ST BET factors for the Jerkens have been Best Speed Last 3, Average Lifetime Earnings and Best Lifetime Speed.
Last year’s winner Jackie’s Warrior ranked first in 7 of the top-12 1/ST BET factors for this race.

workout report // XBTV:

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DATE
TRACK
DIST.
TIME

NOTES: After a taxing Haskell route, you wanted to see JACK CHRISTOPHER bounce back on the workout tab in 10-14 days, and he did so. This work was his most important in company with a NY-bred 4yo allowance runner and lacked flair, but also any real criticism. Meanwhile, GUNITE was put to company with Sprint Champion Jackie’s Warrior and was asked hard at several stages to keep up. This drill may be more demoralizing than helpful.

JEREMY PLONK // $100 h. allen jerkens wagering strategy:

  • $100 EXACTA: JACK CHRISTOPHER over ACTUATOR

JEREMY'S TOP 4 PICKS

1. JACK CHRISTOPHER
2. ACTUATOR
3. ACCRETIVE
4. GUNITE

STATS & TRENDS

LAST 10 WINNERS’ PREPS
’21 Jackie’s Warrior
Amsterdam (Sar) / 1st
’20 Echo Town
Stephens (Bel) / 2nd
’19 Mind Control
Concern (Lrl) / 3rd
’18 Promises Fulfilled
Amsterdam (Sar) / 1st
’17 Practical Joke
Haskell (Mth) / 3rd
’16 Drefong
allowance (SA) / 1st
’15 Runhappy
allowance (Elp) / 1st
’14 The Big Beast
allowance (Sar) / 1st
’13 Capo Bastone
Stephens (Bel) / 7th
’12 Willy Beamin
Albany (Sar) / 1st
LAST 10 FAVORITES’ FINISH
’21 Life Is Good (.95)
2nd
’20 No Parole (2.30)
9th
’19 Shancelot (.30)
3rd
’18 Promises Fulfilled (1.25)
1st
’17 Practical Joke (2.00)
1st
’16 Drefong (3.40)
1st
’15 Holy Boss (2.85)
3rd
’14 Coup de Grace (2.20)
3rd
’13 Forty Tales (2.50)
4th
’12 Currency Swap (1.95)
6th

KNOW THIS

Three times in the past decade the Jerkens has been won wire-to-wire: Promises Fulfilled (’18), Drefong (’16) and Runhappy (’15).

The longest winning layoff the past 10 years in the Jerkens has been 77 days by Capo Bastone in 2013 (off since June 8).

Steve Asmussen is the only trainer to win this race in back-to-back years, currently riding a streak from Echo Town (2020) and Jackie’s Warrior (2021).

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RACE 9

zoe cadman

personal ensign

saturday // 4:32pm et

G1 - $600,000

SCENE SETTER: Separate rematches from Belmont’s Ogden Phipps and Saratoga’s Shuvee come together in this 5-horse Personal Ensign edition. Defending champion Letruska returns, but it’s Clairiere who has won the last 2 showdowns in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff division. Kentucky Oaks winner Malathaat looks to get back to her Spa Grade 1-winning form of 2021.

1/ST BET FACTORS, POWERED BY BETMIX:

Top 1/ST BET factors for the Personal Ensign have been Avg. Lifetime Earnings, Win % and Horses Beaten %.
Last year’s winner Letruska ranked first in 4 of the top-9 1/ST BET factors for this race.

workout report // XBTV:

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NOTES: MALATHAAT with Johnny V continues to hold form at least in her am works. She worked heads up in company with recent maiden winner Saint Tapit without the blinkers for the second week in a row. Has looked like she has gained weight and looked super galloping the past couple of mornings. She will need a career-best to best CLAIRIERE, who after working with Travers favorite Epicenter August 15 and giving him all he could handle, worked solo Monday in 50.98. She was a little rank at first (nothing unusual for her) and soon settled into a nice rhythm under her usual exercise rider and always going easily. She is the horse to beat.

ZOE CADMAN // $100 personal ensign wagering strategy:

  • $100 EXACTA: CLAIRIERE over MALATHAAT

ZOE'S TOP 4 PICKS

1. CLAIRIERE
2. MALATHAAT
3. LETRUSKA
4. SEARCH RESULTS

STATS & TRENDS

LAST 10 WINNERS’ PREPS
’21 Letruska
Fleur de Lis (CD) / 1st
’20 Vexatious
Ruffian (Bel) / 2nd
’19 Midnight Bisou
Molly Pitcher (Mth) / 1st
’18 Abel Tasman
Phipps (Bel) / 1st
’17 Forever Unbridled
Fleur de Lis (CD) / 1st
’16 Cavorting
Phipps (Bel) / 1st
’15 Sheer Drama
Delaware Hcp (Del) / 1st
’14 Close Hatches
Phipps (Bel) / 1st:
’13 Royal Delta
Delaware Hcp (Del) / 1st
’12 Love and Pride
Delaware Hcp (Del) / 4th
LAST 10 FAVORITES’ FINISH
’21 Letruska (.75)
1st
’20 Midnight Bisou (.30)
2nd
’19 Elate (.95)
2nd
’18 Abel Tasman (.75)
1st
’17 Songbird (.45)
2nd
’16 Curalina (1.85)
2nd
’15 Stopchargingmaria (1.50)
4th
’14 Close Hatches (1.95)
1st
’13 Royal Delta (.55)
1st
’12 Royal Delta (.75)
2nd

KNOW THIS

The Personal Ensign has had an odds-on favorite (under 1-1) in 7 of the last 10 years. Those heavy favorites own a 7: 3-4-0 mark during that time.

Letruska can become the first back-to-back winner of this race since Beautiful Pleasure in 1999-2000 and just the second since 1975.

Since moved to Saratoga in 2013, the Shuvee winner has yet to follow up with a victory in the Personal Ensign as Clairiere bids.

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RACE 10

JEFF SIEGEL

SWORD DANCER

saturday // 5:05 Pm et

G1 - $750,000

SCENE SETTER: Saratoga’s premier event in the Breeders’ Cup Turf division could see its fifth back-to-back winner in the 2000s as defending champion Gufo returns. The always-important Bowling Green prep spring-boards its winner Rockemperor. Broome provides international intrigue in the Irish raider’s first domestic foray since running second in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar. The 10-horse field is one of the day’s best betting races.

1/ST BET FACTORS, POWERED BY BETMIX:

Top Sword Dancer 1/ST BET factors have been In The Money %, Win % and Trainer/Jockey Combo Win %.
Last year’s winner Gufo ranked on first in 2 of the top-3 1/ST BET factors for this race.

JEFF SIEGEL // $100 sword danceR wagering strategy:

  • $40 WIN: BROOME
  • $5 EXACTA BOX: BROOME, GUFO, TRIBHUVAN
  • $5 EXACTA BOX: BROOME, GUFO, ADHAMO

JEFF'S TOP 4 PICKS

1. BROOME
2. GUFO
3. TRIBHUVAN
4. ADHAMO

STATS & TRENDS

LAST 10 WINNERS’ PREPS
’21 Gufo
Grand Couturier (Bel) / 1st
’20 Channel Maker
Bowling Green (Sar) / 3rd
’19 Annals of Time
allowance (Sar) / 1st
’18 Glorious Empire
Bowling Green (Sar) / 1st
’17 Sadler’s Joy
Bowling Green (Sar) / 3rd
’16 Flintshire
Bowling Green (Sar) / 1st
’15 Flintshire
Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fra) / 2nd
’14 Main Sequence
United Nations (Mth) / 1st
’13 Big Blue Kitten
United Nations (Mth) / 1st
’12 Point of Entry
Man o’ War (Bel) / 1st
LAST 10 FAVORITES’ FINISH
’21 Gufo (2.55)
1st
’20 Cross Border (3.15)
2nd
’19 Annals of Time (2.55)
1st
’18 Sadler’s Joy (2.25)
6th
’17 Idaho (1.45)
6th
’16 Flintshire (.20)
1st
’15 Flintshire (1.00)
1st
’14 Main Sequence (2.05)
1st
’13 Boisterous (1.95)
8th
’12 Point of Entry (1.40)
1st

KNOW THIS

Trainer Chad Brown has won 9 of the 28 Saratoga Grade 1 turf races since 2013, while no other trainer has more than 3. He has saddled 14 of the favorites (14: 5-3-2, according to Betmix).

Twice the Sword Dancer has been won wire-to-wire in the past 10 editions, 2020 with Channel Maker and 2018 with Glorious Empire.

5 of the last 6 Sword Dancer winners were making reappearances at the current Saratoga meeting.

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RACE 11

EDDIE OLCZYK

TRAVERS STAKES

saturday // 5:44PM ET

G1 - $1,250,000

SCENE SETTER: The Midsummer Derby could offer validation for Kentucky Derby upset winner Rich Strike or vindication for Kentucky Derby and Preakness beaten favorite / runner-up Epicenter. Cyberknife is a 2-time Grade 1 winner this year and a second-half one to watch. Meanwhile, Grade 1 winner Zandon knocked on the door in Louisville and locally in the Jim Dandy, and has factored in every race of his career. Early Voting can become the first Preakness-Travers winner since Bernardini in 2006.

1/ST BET FACTORS, POWERED BY BETMIX:

Top 1/ST BET factors for the Travers have been Win Percent, Avg. Best 2 of Last 3 Speed and Avg. Lifetime Earnings.
Last year’s winner Essential Quality rated first in each of the top-6 1/ST BET factors.

workout report // XBTV:

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DATE
TRACK
DIST.
TIME

NOTES: CYBERKNIFE had workmanlike, solid move that should keep him on edge. RICH STRIKE very mild coaxing through the lane to finish in a rally, final quarter in :24 flat. Always has been willing in the morning and should be fit enough for a top effort despite the layoff. ARTORIUS sharp as a tack breezing outside Search Results, never asked. Improves every time we see him. EPICENTER coasted in easy spin 5 days out from the Travers. Previous week breezed impressively inside top-class Clairiere while appearing to be going a tad easier through the lane. Looks every bit as good now as he did prior to the Jim Dandy. EARLY VOTING final quarter in a sharp :24 2/5. Looks a bit better (and tighter) for the Travers than he did for the Jim Dandy, so improvement can be expected. ZANDON under wraps through the lane, final quarter mile in :24 3/5. According to his speed figures, he’s never taken a backward move in six career starts and based on this drill he’s ready to step forward again. - Jeff Siegel

EDDIE OLCZYK // $100 travers stakes wagering strategy:

  • $50 WIN: EPICENTER
  • $13 EXACTA: EPICENTER over ARTORIUS,CYBERKNIFE
  • $2 TRIFECTA: EPICENTER over ARTORIUS,CYBERKNIFE over ALL

EDDIE'S TOP 4 'EARLY FORECAST'

1. EPICENTER
2. ARTORIUS
3. CYBERKNIFE
4. ZANDON

STATS & TRENDS

LAST 10 WINNERS’ PREPS
’21 Essential Quality
Jim Dandy (Sar) / 1st
’20 Tiz the Law
Belmont S. (Bel) / 1st
’19 Code of Honor
Dwyer (Bel) / 1st
’18 Catholic Boy
Bel Derby (Bel) / 1st
’17 West Coast
Los Al Derby (Lrc) / 1st
’16 Arrogate
allowance (Dmr) / 1st
’15 Keen Ice
Haskell (Mth) / 2nd
’14 V.E. Day
Curlin (Sar) / 1st
’13 Will Take Charge
Jim Dandy (Sar) / 2nd
’12 Golden Ticket (DH)
allowance (CD)) / 2nd
’12 Alpha (DH)
Jim Dandy (Sar) / 1st
LAST 10 FAVORITES’ FINISH
’21 Essential Quality (.45)
1st
’20 Tiz the Law (.50)
1st
’19 Tacitus (2.40)
2nd
’18 Good Magic (1.45)
9th
’17 Good Samaritan (3.85)
5th
’16 Exaggerator (2.55)
11th
’15 American Pharoah (.35)
2nd
’14 Bayern (2.45)
10th
’13 Verrazano (1.60)
7th
’12 Alpha (2.40)
1st

KNOW THIS

The last Kentucky Derby winner to add the Travers was Street Sense in 2007. The most recent to compete was Always Dreaming in 2017 (9th at 6-1).

Five of the last 6 Travers winners were racing first or second after the initial 6 furlongs. Code of Honor closed to win in 2019, while the 1-2 leaders held for 2-3 finishes.

In the last 25 years, the only horse to lose the Travers and still be named champion 3-year-old was American Pharoah in 2015 (second to Keen Ice).

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