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She won leading from wire to wire in the Prince of Wales Stakes but usually prefers to press the pace or stalk, and she should be in the first group of contenders behind early pacesetter Trigger Warning (and possibly Mendelssohn and/or Catholic Boy) as the Travers field makes its way through Saratoga’s backstretch.Be ready to hear a louder-than-usual roar from the passionate Saratoga crowd if this filly gets her name called at the top of the stretch. currently holds sizable leads in both wins and earnings among Saratoga’s elite jockey colony; his best finish from six prior Travers mounts came aboard fourth-place Kid Cruz in 2014.He then commenced to outrun his 24.75-1 odds in the Belmont, and even momentarily loomed a threat to pacesetter and Triple Crown winner-to-be Justify at the top of Belmont’s stretch, before settling for a clear second.
Rosario’s best finish in three prior Travers appearances came in 2013 aboard third-place Tonalist. Wayne Lukas, having competed in all of the top-level 3-year-old stakes since Kentucky Derby day. 17 in the Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford, he’s bankrolled more than 0,000.The 149 Travers also is generating some buzz outside normal racing circles due to the presence of filly Wonder Gadot in the field, who won the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown earlier this summer but skipped the final race in the series to challenge males in the 1 ¼-mile Travers.The Travers will be the featured race in a two-hour broadcast from NBC Sports, airing on NBC from 4 - 6 p.m. The Travers is not an automatic qualifying race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the broadcast is part of NBC’s “Win and You’re In” Series Presented by America’s Best Racing and will feature other races that are Challenge Series qualifiers for the World Championships on Nov. Whether you are interested in making a couple of bucks on the race or just want to know a little bit about this year’s runners, we’ve got you covered with our 2018 Travers Stakes Cheat Sheet.This is the first Travers appearance for all of the colt’s connections. Trainer Mark Casse bypassed entering her in last week’s Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine on turf after she won the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown due to her preference for dirt racing.Wonder Gadot dominated in both of those races, taking the 1 ¼-mile Queen’s Plate by 5 ¾ lengths on Woodbine’s artificial-surface Tapeta main track and then romping by 5 ¾ lengths in the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes on a sloppy dirt track at Fort Erie.
He faces a big class hike in the Travers but can be expected to shoot out front early once again and attempt to wire the field breaking from the inside post.