Will Travers Stars Stick to the Script?

Our sport thrives on anticipation; our business, on outcomes. But actually it can take a while to unpick one from the other—especially when even a race as storied as the GI Travers S. is not just an end in itself, but also a potential means to viability for the whole program of whoever is lucky enough to own the winner.

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This Side Up: Will Travers Stars Stick to Script?

Our sport thrives on anticipation; our business, on outcomes. But actually it can take a while to unpick one from the other--especially when even a race as storied as the GI Runhappy Travers S. is not just an end in itself, but also a potential means to viability for the whole program of whoever is lucky enough to own the winner. In principle, the bare couple of minutes dividing anticipation from outcome at Saratoga on Saturday will be history tangibly in the making. From the flux of hopes and interests...

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Runhappy Travers Tops Super Saturday at the Spa

The GI Runhappy Travers S. is one of the summer's most highly anticipated events and for the past several years it has been the centerpiece of a Super Saturday card at Saratoga that serves as a Breeders' Cup preview. The Travers is one of five star-studded Grade Is on the 14-race card, which also includes the GII Ballston Spa S. for turf fillies. Intriguing storylines abound in this year's eight-horse renewal of the summer centerpiece for sophomore colts, which is topped by GII Jim Dandy S. winner Epicenter (Not This...

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Epicenter Draws Six As 7-5 Favorite in Eight-Horse Travers

Winchell Thoroughbreds' MGSW and GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S. runner-up Epicenter (Not This Time) drew post six in a field of eight and was installed as a significant 7-5 favorite in Saturday's 153rd renewal of the $1.25 million GI Runhappy Travers S. The Steve Asmussen pupil, last seen producing a dazzling late-to-first kick to capture the local GII Jim Dandy S. July 30, will be ridden by regular jockey Joel Rosario, who missed most of the past week of racing at Saratoga with an illness. Given the second-choice nod at...

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Artorius Has Arrogate-Sized Shadow to Outrun in Travers

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY--During a pre-season interview in early July, trainer Chad Brown offered another colt--at that point, with a low profile--to a discussion of his deep bench of GI Travers prospects: Zandon (Upstart), Early Voting (Gun Runner) and Jack Christopher (Munnings). "I have a late -bloomer, a horse named Artorius (Arrogate), that I really like," Brown said.  "He's going to run in the Curlin Stakes. Much like the dad, he's late bloomer. I'm not saying he's a threat to win the Travers, but I'm going to tell you: he's lightly...

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Runhappy Travers Workers Out in Force Saturday

One week out from the GI Runhappy Travers S., major contenders for the 3-year-old centerpiece were out in force at the Spa Saturday morning. Gold Square's GI Arkansas Derby and GI Haskell S. winner Cyberknife (Gun Runner) breezed five-eighths in 1:00 (6/17) over Saratoga's main track. "Excellent move, galloped out great and cooled out good," trainer Brad Cox said. "We're all set. He's doing about as well as he can do and we are excited about the race." Trainer Chad Brown breezed several Runhappy Travers Day hopefuls over the...

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Arrogate's 'Rising Star' Artorius Romps in Curlin

Juddmonte homebred and 'TDN Rising Star' Artorius (c, 3, Arrogate--Paulassilverlining, by Ghostzapper), a very promising maiden winner second out going a one-turn mile at Belmont June 10, potentially punched his ticket to the GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 27 with an eye-catching victory in Friday's Curlin S. at Saratoga. Drawn widest of all in post eight while making his two-turn debut in this 1 1/8-mile affair, the 5-2 chance tucked in to race in a perfect spot in a ground-saving fourth. Locked and loaded beneath Irad Ortiz, Jr. on far...

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Artorius to Stay in Europe and Target Prix Maurice De Gheest

Australian sprinter Artorius (Aus) (Flying Artie {Aus}) will remain in Europe for a crack at another Group 1 after running a credible third in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.  Sam and Anthony Freedman's speedball backed up his excellent third in the G1 Platinum Jubilee at Royal Ascot by filling the same spot at Newmarket and connections are eyeing a breakthrough at the top level in Europe this season.  The decision has now been taken to remain in the Northern Hemisphere for the immediate future, with the six-and-a-half-furlongs...

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Friday Insights: Juddmonte Blueblood Hopes Second Time's a Charm

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency JUDDMONTE BLUEBLOOD HOPES SECOND TIME'S A CHARM 1st-BEL, $90K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1m, 12:50 p.m. Blueblooded Juddmonte homebred ARTORIUS (Arrogate) ran a huge race on debut at Keeneland Apr. 16, producing an eye-catching rally from well back to be second behind a 'TDN Rising Star' performance from Under Oath (Speightstown). The son of MGISW Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper), who was recently profiled in Steve Sherack's "Second Chances" column, gets that second chance Friday in the Belmont opener. He faces a pair of well-related colts also making their second...

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Second Chances: 'An Added Sweetness' for Juddmonte Campaigning Arrogate Homebred Artorius

In this continuing series, TDN's Senior Editor Steve Sherack catches up with the connections of promising maidens to keep on your radar. After blitzing home to finish a strong second on debut at Keeneland, Juddmonte homebred Artorius (c, 3, Arrogate--Paulassilverlining, by Ghostzapper) could make his next start during the upcoming GI Belmont S. Racing Festival. "That was maybe a bit short for him and there's a race on June 10th going a one-turn mile at Belmont," Juddmonte USA General Manager Garrett O'Rourke said. "Everything is going well with the colt....

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Insight Outcomes: Under Oath Is a 'Rising Star', Mo Town's First Winner

From a new 'TDN Rising Star' to the first winner for a freshman sire, races highlighted in Insights were full of intrigue this past week. In addition, a runner-up at Keeneland on Saturday had such a spectacular gallop out that he'll be one to watch next out.  Wednesday's Insights: Well-Related Duo Debut at Keeneland 1st-Keeneland, $75,320, Msw, 4-13, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :53.09, gd, 1 3/4 lengths. How fitting to see Motown record label founder Berry Gordy honored with namesake MR. GORDY (c, 2, Mo Town--Sky Trail, by Congrats) getting Coolmore's...

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Apr. 16 Insights: Well-Bred Sophomores Debut on East Coast

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency JUDDMONTE BLUEBLOOD DEBUTS AT KEE 4th-KEE, $100K, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 2:36 p.m. Juddmonte homebred ARTORIUS (Arrogate) makes his career bow in this spot for trainer Chad Brown. Juddmonte privately purchasedhis  two-time Grade I-winning dam Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper) during her racing career. She won five other graded events, earning over $1.5 million. Paulassilverlining is a half to MGISW and millionaire Dads Caps (Discreet Cat). Dale Romans unveils a $600,000 KEESEP buy in Kansas Comet (Uncle Mo). His dam is a half to MSW & GSP War Officer...

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