Travers Stakes

The Travers Stakes is a Grade 1 stakes race held annually at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York and is run over a distance of 1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs).

The 2024 Travers Stakes has a purse of $1,250,000 and will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2024.

Scroll down for details on this year's horses, odds, results and more.

Kyle French
By Kyle French
Travers Stakes
Arcangelo (Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM)

Travers Stakes Information

DateSaturday, 24 August 2024
Post TimeApprox. TBA ET
RacetrackSaratoga Race Course
Distance1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)
Conditions3 Year Old Thoroughbreds + Set Weights
StatusGrade 1 Stakes
Purse$1,250,000
Track DirectionLeft-handed
Track SurfaceDirt
2023 WinnerArcangelo

Travers Stakes History

The Travers Stakes, often called the “Mid-Summer Derby,” is a prestigious horse race held annually at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Established in 1864, it is the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States. Named after William R. Travers, the first president of the Saratoga Racing Association, this race is a highlight of the summer racing season.

Over the years, the Travers Stakes has become a key event for horses that have competed in the Triple Crown races earlier in the year. Many winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes have also participated in the Travers.

In 1941, Whirlaway became the only horse ever to win the superfecta: he'd won the Triple Crown, then went on to take the Travers, as well.

In 1913, the race saw its first dead heat between Rock View and Whisk Broom. In 1962, Jaipur and Ridan battled for the entire race, to the finish stride for stride, in one of the closest races in history.

The Travers Stakes is renowned for its competitive field and has seen many memorable moments and upsets. The race attracts top trainers, jockeys, and horses, making it a significant event in the horse racing calendar. The winning horse is awarded the Man o' War Cup, named after the legendary racehorse, and a blanket of carnations.

The event also includes a series of festivities and other stakes races, creating a festive atmosphere at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK- AUGUST 24: Code Of Honor with Jockey John Velazquez up wins the Grade I RunHappy Travers Stake Race at Saratoga Race Course on August 24, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, New York. (Photo by Horsephotos/Getty Images)
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK- AUGUST 24: Code Of Honor with Jockey John Velazquez up wins the Grade I RunHappy Travers Stake Race at Saratoga Race Course on August 24, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, New York. (Photo by Horsephotos/Getty Images)

Travers Stakes Entries

View our horse racing entries section closer to the Travers Stakes race day for details on each horse. 

Fan Odds provides morning line and current odds, along with insights on each horse's past performance.

Travers Stakes Past Performances

View our free past performances section closer to the Travers Stakes race day for detailed insights on each horse, including their win, place and show strike rate percentages.

Travers Stakes 2024 Horses & Field

This year's Travers Stakes horses, jockeys, trainers and field information will be provided closer to raceday:

In the meantime, you can view the 2023 field:

No.HorseTrainerJockeyBarrierWeight
1ForteTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr1-
2ArcangeloJena AntonucciJavier Castellano2-
3Tapit TriceTodd PletcherJose Ortiz3-
4MageGustavo DelgadoLuis Saez4-
5National TreasureBob BaffertJohn Velazquez5-
6DisarmSteven AsmussenJoel Rosario6-
7ScotlandWilliam MottJunior Alvarado7-

Travers Stakes 2024 Favorites

This year's Travers Stakes favorites will be listed below closer to the race.

Travers Stakes 2024 Picks

When available – See this year's Travers Stakes top picks below.

How To Bet On The Travers Stakes

To start betting on the Travers Stakes, follow these simple steps: 

Step 1: Choose a Racebook

Start by choosing an online racebook. We recommend TwinSpires but there are other legal and registered racebooks available like TVG and FanDuel.

Step 2: Sign Up 

Signing up with a racebook is easy: verify you're 18+, fill in your details, and you're set!

Step 3: Deposit Funds

After signing up with a racebook, add funds to your account using your card or an approved deposit method like PayPal. Remember to review the minimum deposit and any fees for your chosen deposit method.

Step 4: Place Your Bets 

With funds now in your account, you're ready to bet. To learn about the various Travers Stakes bet types available, keep reading below.

Horse Racing: Travers Stakes: Overall view of miscellaneous action, fans in stands during race at Saratoga Race Course. Saratoga, NY 8/21/1976 CREDIT: Neil Leifer (Photo by Neil Leifer /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images/Getty Images) (Set Number: X20746 )
Horse Racing: Travers Stakes: Overall view of miscellaneous action, fans in stands during race at Saratoga Race Course.
Saratoga, NY 8/21/1976
CREDIT: Neil Leifer (Photo by Neil Leifer /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images/Getty Images)
(Set Number: X20746 )

Bet Types For The Travers Stakes

There are many ways to bet on the Travers Stakes. You can place a bet to win or hedge your bets with an exacta, trifecta or superfecta.

You can split bet types for the Travers Stakes into three different categories:

  • Straight Bets (Win, Place & Show)
  • Horizontal Bets (Parlay)
  • Vertical Bets (Exotic)

Straight Bets

Straight bets are straightforward and ideal for newcomers or more casual horse racing fans. 

Bet TypeExplanation
WinYour horse must win
PlaceYour horse must finish first or second
ShowYour horse must finish first, second or third

Horizontal Bets

Horizontal bets are parlay bets – to win, you must correctly select the winner of consecutive races.

Bet TypeExplanation
Daily DoubleSelect the winning horse, two races in a row 
Pick 3Select the winning horse, three races in a row
Pick 4Select the winning horse, four races in a row
Pick 5Select the winning horse, five races in a row
Pick 6Select the winning horse, six races in a row

Vertical Bets

Vertical bets are exotic bets – to win, you must correctly select the finishing order of multiple horses in a single race.

Bet TypeExplanation
QuinellaSelect the horses that finish first and second, in any order
ExactaSelect the horses that finish first and second, in the correct order
TrifectaSelect the horses that finish first, second and third, in the correct order
SuperfectaSelect the horses that finish first, second, third and fourth, in the correct order

Travers Stakes Past Winners

See a list of past winners for the Travers Stakes since the year 2000 below.

YearWinnerJockeyTrainer
2023ArcangeloJavier CastellanoJena Antonucci
2022EpicenterJoel RosarioSteven M. Asmussen
2021Essential QualityLuis SaezBrad H. Cox
2020Tiz the LawManuel FrancoBarclay Tagg
2019Code of HonorJohn R. VelazquezClaude R. McGaughey III
2018Catholic BoyJavier CastellanoJonathan Thomas
2017West CoastMike E. SmithBob Baffert
2016ArrogateMike E. SmithBob Baffert
2015Keen IceJavier CastellanoDale Romans
2014V.E. DayJavier CastellanoJames A. Jerkens
2013Will Take ChargeLuis SaezD. Wayne Lukas
2012Alpha
Golden Ticket (DH)
Ramon Domínguez
David Cohen
Kiaran McLaughlin
Ken McPeek
2011Stay ThirstyJavier CastellanoTodd A. Pletcher
2010Afleet ExpressJavier CastellanoJames A. Jerkens
2009Summer BirdKent DesormeauxTim Ice
2008Colonel JohnGarrett K. GomezEoin G. Harty
2007Street SenseCalvin BorelCarl Nafzger
2006BernardiniJavier CastellanoThomas Albertrani
2005Flower AlleyJohn R. VelazquezTodd A. Pletcher
2004BirdstoneEdgar PradoNick Zito
2003Ten Most WantedPat DayWallace Dollase
2002Medaglia d'OroJerry BaileyRobert J. Frankel
2001Point GivenGary StevensBob Baffert
2000UnshadedShane SellersCarl Nafzger

Travers Stakes 2023 Results

See the full list of results for the 2023 Travert Stakes below.

Pos.Horse (Post Pos)TrainerJockeyWeightMarginOdds
1st
Arcangelo
2.Arcangelo (2)
T: J. Antonucci
J: J. Castellano (126lbs)
Jena AntonucciJavier Castellano126lbs-
5-1
2nd
Disarm
6.Disarm (6)
T: S. Asmussen
J: J. Rosario (126lbs)
Steven AsmussenJoel Rosario126lbs-
6-1
3rd
Tapit Trice
3.Tapit Trice (3)
T: T. Pletcher
J: J. Ortiz (126lbs)
Todd PletcherJose Ortiz126lbs-
2-1
4th
Forte
1.Forte (1)
T: T. Pletcher
J: I. Ortiz (126lbs)
Todd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr126lbs-
7-5
5th
National Treasure
5.National Treasure (5)
T: B. Baffert
J: J. Velazquez (126lbs)
Bob BaffertJohn Velazquez126lbs-
8-5
6th
Scotland
7.Scotland (7)
T: W. Mott
J: J. Alvarado (126lbs)
William MottJunior Alvarado126lbs-
5-1
Mage
4.Mage (4)
T: G. Delgado
J: L. Saez (126lbs)
Gustavo DelgadoLuis Saez126lbs-
12-1

Travers Stakes 2023 Replay

See the full replay for the 2023 Travers Stakes below.

How To Watch The Travers Stakes

Racing fans keen to watch the Travers Stakes have several viewing options to choose from.

On Television

The Travers Stakes will be broadcast live on at least one of Foxsports, NBC, NBC Sports, and USA Network. You can also stream the race on the NBC Sports app (iOS Android) or USA Network website.

Streaming Online

For those preferring to stream on a computer or mobile, Foxsports, NBC Sports, and the NBC Sports app offer live coverage. Peacock, NBC's streaming service will also have coverage of the race for a subscription fee.

Alternative Streaming Options

Streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and FuboTV include NBC in their offerings. These platforms may offer free trials, potentially allowing viewers to watch the race without additional costs.

FanDuel

The Travers Stakes and the rest of a stacked racecard will likely be shown exclusively on FanDuel TV, which will have a team of broadcasters on-site for coverage.

NYRA's Platforms

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) may provide live streaming through its official website or its app, NYRA Now. This can be a convenient option if you are looking to watch the race on a mobile device.

For International Fans

Viewers outside the United States can use a VPN to access the Travers Stakes broadcast. A VPN connection to a US server, enables race fans anywhere to subscribe to US-based streaming services to watch the race live.

Tips For Watching the Travers Stakes

  • Make sure to check your local TV listings for the correct channel and time.
  • If you're streaming online, ensure you have a stable internet connection to avoid any disruptions during the race.
  • You can also listen to the race on the radio or through online streaming services like SiriusXM.
NYRA's stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes performs the draw for the 147th Travers at Druthers Restaurant on Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Photo by Michael P. Farrell/Albany Times Union via Getty Images)
NYRA's stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes performs the draw for the 147th Travers at Druthers Restaurant on Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Photo by Michael P. Farrell/Albany Times Union via Getty Images)

Travers Stakes FAQs

Where is the Travers Stakes Held?

The Travers Stakes is held at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.

When is the Travers Stakes 2024?

The Travers Stakes race is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2024.

What Time is the Travers Stakes?

The Travers Stakes race time is scheduled for approximately TBA ET.

How Long is the Travers Stakes?

The Travers Stakes is usually run over a distance of 1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)

How Many Horses are in the Travers Stakes?

The Travers Stakes typically features a field size of up to 12 horses.

What is the Purse for the Travers Stakes?

This year’s Travers Stakes purse is $1,250,000.

How Do You Bet on the Travers Stakes?

To bet on the Travers Stakes, simply choose a racebook, sign up, deposit your funds, and then place your bet once the deposit clears. For more details on bet types, see our Bet Types For The Travers Stakes section above.

Who Won the Travers Stakes in 2023?

Arcangelo won the Travers Stakes in 2023. Arcangelo was trained by Jena Antonucci and jockeyed by Javier Castellano.