Saratoga Racetrack Network

The Travers Stakes

Travers Stakes is one of the longest running horseracing facilities in the US. This Saratoga raceway has seen various fillies, their trainers, their jockeys and owners rise to fame and slowly turn their back to horseracing limelight. The longstanding tradition witnessed by the Saratoga raceway includes the yearly passing down of the Man O’ War Cup. This trophy is better known as the Travers Trophy being presented after every Saratoga raceway event. It is in memory to the famous Man O’ War filly, who was to defeat the famed Sir Barton – the first American filly winner of the Triple Crown – in a match in Canada. The filly’s female owner donated the original trophy to the Saratoga raceway as permanent trophy. Therefore, a gold-plated replica has been made as part of the annual prize of any Saratoga raceway event.

The Travers Stakes has withstood various scandals in the past that almost caused the closing of the Saratoga raceway. In 1921, a betting scandal ensued due to the prone-to-abuse nature of the bookmaking method of payment. However, up to now, the Saratoga raceway still exists in full operation. This can be owed to the various changes in the betting methods in 1921 - from just bookmaking to pari-mutuel wagering.

Another unique fixture of any Saratoga raceway event or the Travers Stakes is the canoe that sits on the infield of the Saratoga raceway. Every year, the colors of the winner of the Travers Stakes are painted on the canoe as lasting semblance for the winner in the Saratoga raceway.

Winning jockeys are also immortalized with a Lawn Jockey statue custom-painted in their silk colors to be displayed at the race course. Lawn Jockey statues are said to bring good luck too. Make every day your LUCKY day with a real metal Lawn Jockey for outside your estate- just like at the track. Click on one of the LawnJock.com links below to order your "LUCKY" Jockey today!

And be part of this historic tradition happening every year at Saratoga Springs! You may not be on the racetrack itself but your presence will really make the difference. Seldom does the opportunity come for someone to witness history being written. Grab this chance and savor the Travers Stakes history at its true and only home - the Saratoga racetrack, home to very many LUCKY Lawn Jockeys as well!


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