Royal Ascot is one of the greatest race meets in the world, and there is no race as historic or exciting during the meet than the Gold Cup (G1)! First run in 1807, it is one of the premier races for stayers in the world. The two-and-a-half-mile turf race offers a rich £500,000 purse, and it drew ten of the world’s best long-distance horses.
Travers Stakes Picks and Preview
In one of the best betting races of the year, the 147th running of the grade 1 Travers Stakes features a top-class field of 14 three year-old colts August 27 at Saratoga.
Carrying a purse of $1.25 million, the race features several marquee names from the Triple Crown series led by 3/1 morning line favorite Exaggerator. The son of Curlin finished second in the Kentucky Derby before winning the Preakness and Haskell Stakes. A win in the Travers would likely wrap up Three Year-Old Horse of the Year honors, but the colt will have his work cut out for him.
Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Gun Runner (10/1) will be an appealing price if he stays in the vicinity of his morning line odds and new shooter Connect (4/1) appears to be the "now" horse for trainer Chad Brown. Connect has won each of his last three starts and should prompt the pace form the opening bell. My Man Sam (20/1), Governor Malibu (12/1) and Destin (10/1) are all viable off-the-pace types if the early pace is as hot as expected.
Post time for the Travers is 5:44 PM Eastern.
OTB NY Picks
1) #14 Gun Runner
2) #10 Connect
3) #7 Exaggerator
4) #4 Governor Malibu
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