by Jeremy Plonk
August 3, 2020
2020 Travers Stakes
Location: Saratoga Race Course / Saratoga Springs, NY
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Watch & Wager: Xpressbet or 1/ST BET
FACT 1: The Travers Stakes favorite has lost 7 years in a row, dating back to 2012. Twice the public choice finished second during that span, but 5 times finished fifth or worse.
FACT 2: Only twice in its 150-year history has a Travers winner gone off higher than 20-1 odds. The largest upset was Adonis, who was 26-1 odds when he posed for the winner’s photo in 1945.
FACT 3: Total betting on the Travers Day program at Saratoga has peaked at a record $52 million each of the past 2 years.
FACT 4: The last horse to win the Belmont Stakes and Travers in the same year was Summer Bird in 2009. That duo has been accomplished 3 times since 2000 (also Point Given in 2001 and Birdstone in 2004). Tiz the Law will try to join that club in 2020.
FACT 5: Jockey Javier Castellano has won the Travers Stakes 6 times, most in history. His victories came in 2006, 2010-’11, 2014-’15 and 2018.