August 29th will not be your usual Travers Stakes Day. Having a Triple Crown winner entered in the Travers changes everything. Here are some facts you need to know about the 2015 Travers Stakes. According to their press release, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome a sold-out paid crowd of 50,000 fans to Saratoga Race Course for its signature day of the summer season to witness 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah compete in the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.6 million Travers.
All Travers Day tickets are sold out. Fans are specifically advised not to travel to Saratoga Race Course on August 29 without tickets purchased in advance. Gates open at 7 a.m. for ticketed patrons on Travers Day with a special first post time of 11:45 a.m. The Travers will go to post at 5:46 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC as part of a two-hour live broadcast beginning at 4 p.m.
All patrons are subject to enhanced magnetic screening upon entering the grounds and those attempting to enter with banned items will be asked to return those items to their vehicles or dispose of them. No storage will be provided for patrons arriving or attempting to enter the venue with prohibited items.
No coolers larger than 12-by-18 inches will be allowed on the trackside apron or Top of the Stretch. Coolers are not permitted in the building or Clubhouse. No glass containers of any kind are permitted. Breakfast on the Clubhouse porch and backstretch tram tours are not available on Travers Day.
Joining the Travers Day card are: the 1 ½-mile Sword Dancer Invitational on the turf, whose purse has been enhanced to $1 million; the $750,000, 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign for fillies and mares; and the $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego at seven furlongs. These additions round out a spectacular card which already included the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina for fillies and mares; the Grade 1, $500,000 NYRA.com King’s Bishop; and the Grade 2, $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares.
Additionally, cadets from the West Point United States Military Academy’s Black Knights parachute team will perform a prevision freefall demonstration on Travers Day. The cadets will utilize a remote camera to showcase the jump on the Saratoga video boards.
Those horse racing fans without tickets to the Travers can watch and wager with a NYRA wagering account. The New York Racing Association will fund all new accounts with $10 per day for 20 days. Information is available at nyra.com.
Advanced wagering on the Travers Day card will be available beginning on Friday featuring $1.75 million in guaranteed wagers over the two-day period. The Travers Day card will include a $250,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beginning with race 6, a $400,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 beginning with race 1, and a $1 million Guaranteed All-Graded Stakes Pick 4 beginning with race 8.
Numerous viewing parties will be held throughout the city of Saratoga Springs and region. More information is available at 2015SaratogaTravers.com