2017 Travers Stakes Predictions Contenders Live Longshot

2017 TRAVERS STAKES PREDICTIONSWelcome to the thralls of summer horse racing and The Spa. Saratoga has arguably its biggest day of the year this Saturday with six Grade 1’s including the Travers Stakes, also known as the Mid-Summer Derby. Below is a simple breakdown of each horse that is slated to enter the starting gate this Saturday. What you will see is not a complete stat sheet for each horse since you can get that from Daily Racing Form or Equibase. Instead they are my 2017 Travers Stakes predictions summed up to help each of you make a decision when you walk to the window, the machine or click a mouse to make a wager on the 2017 Travers Stakes.


Race: Travers Stakes (G1)

Location: Saratoga Race Course

Distance: Mile and a quarter

Surface: Dirt

Purse: $1,250,000

Date: Saturday, August 26 2017

Age: Three-year-olds

Post Time: 5:44 PM EST

(2016 Travers Courtesy of New York Racing Association Inc)

The Backstory – Over the years I have continued to modify how I break down each race based on input from the readers (Thank for your reading and leaving feedback over the years). That could be from any number of sites I have created content for including Sports Unbiased. However, when I started Longshot Horse Racing, I wanted to apply all I heard and get away from very granular and in-depth analysis of each horse in the field. Many claimed the reading was dry and over the top. Now you will find data about each horse, how it should shake out, and we will have a little fun doing it. If you want just the raw numbers then Brisnet, Equibase, or even the Daily Racing Form are right up your alley (and mine since I love them all) but if you want the breakdown with a twist then read on and enjoy.

2017 Travers Stakes Predictions Contenders Live Longshot– Post Positions and Odds

18-1Cloud Computing
220-1Giuseppe the Great
34-1West Coast
55-1Good Samaritan
76-1Always Dreaming
830-1Lookin At Lee

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2017 Travers Stakes Predictions Contenders Live Longshot Contenders Analysis

red saddle cloth post 1CLOUD COMPUTING – The obvious point made up front. It is hard to mess with Chad Brown at The Spa. Heck he is basically from there. That aside, you have CC coming into this race off what could be described as a dud stretch run in the Jim Dandy. He surprised in the Preakness (although I had him) and very lightly raced. You could argue he needed the Jim Dandy since he was off since his Preakness score. Castellano as a jockey is happy with him and has won the Travers five times. At his best, he can win this race.


white saddle cloth post 2GIUSEPPE THE GREAT – You can argue him from both sides. I can tell you that the second place finish in the Jim Dandy was more a product of other giving up and him clunking by than anything else. But you can also say he has only missed the board once and that was a fourth in the Dwyer. Out of Lookin At Lucky so that is a plus and Zito swears by his talent. I am just not a believer. Now I would add him to your stable for next year.


blue saddle cloth post 3WEST COAST – Holy crap, is this Arrogate V2? I am sure the bettors will be on board because they still have what Baffert did with Arrogate last year on the brain. Proponents will point to his recent two Stakes scores as proof that he not only belongs but will take down this field. I will offer this counter instead. If you watch the Easy Goer again it was a pace meltdown. Look at the backstretch and West Coast was sixth with You’re To Blame second last. Why mention this? Because even with margin of victory the gap of the two that finished 1-2 was in essence the same. YTB just finished off the board in the Curlin. The Los Alamitos Derby was clearly a much lesser group. Can he win this? Sure. Will there be the value the bet deserves? Doubt it.


yellow saddle cloth post 4TAPWRIT – Making his first start since winning the Belmont Stakes in June. Clearly the classic distance of the Travers will be of little to no concern. He is the slight favorite but he has not raced in two months. No prep is a concern but I am not going to speculate any more than he needed the rest. Still he avoided the first two Triple Crown series winners in the Belmont and his last win was the G2 Tampa Bay Derby. He has the ability to score but at a short price he will be off my radar.


green saddle cloth post 5GOOD SAMARITAN – Only run over the dirt once but it was an impressive close in the Jim Dandy over Cloud Computing and Always Dreaming. So you can clearly check the block that he is fine with the surface at The Spa. Bettors will love the score over two classic winners in that last but was a product of both of these needing the race after layoff or Good Samaritan coming into his own. The bettors might send him off as the post time favorite around 2-1. Not sure I want this price but I am impressed with his last and if he repeats that he might just score.


black saddle cloth post 6GIRVIN – It has been no secret that I have a love affair with this horse. I talked about him all winter and pegged him to be my Kentucky Derby favorite before he suffered an injury that might have cost him that race. He retuned after layoff to finish a photo second to Irap in the Ohio Derby after stalking lead and he probably needed that race. Returned for a big score in the Haskell with an impressive closing stretch to nose out McCraken. Now it is third off time and he could be sitting on an even bigger one here.


orange saddle cloth post 7ALWAYS DREAMING – Many have hopped off the bandwagon and boarded other trains either at the Preakness or the Jim Dandy. But this is not a Mine The Bird fluke Kentucky Derby winner. He also scored in the Florida Derby previously and came into the Triple Crown series as a co-favorite. The downside here is he is now 0-2 at the Spa but they were not complete duds. If you still believe then consider that there is not a ton of pace in this instance of the Travers. He might get to set fractions that are manageable and they will all have to come and get him in the stretch. I am still a believer especially given the expected pace scenario. What will his price be though? That is my major concern.


violet saddle cloth post 8LOOKIN AT LEE – I am not going to spend a lot of time here. I am sure some will jump on me but I am going to stay consistent. He is just not good enough. He is a good and not great horse that has never won a Graded Stakes. He can pass tiring horse and will find a way to hit the board on occasion. He is destined for allowance and named stakes wins with the occasional Grade 3 score. He might mature over the winter but right now he is just not good enough. Now watch him finally burn me:)


teal saddle cloth post 9MCCRAKEN – He has not brought home that huge win that stamps him as the top three-year-old but he has been arguably the most consistent without the damaging unexplainable clunking defeat. This year he brings wins in the  Grade 3 Matt Winn and the G3 Sam F Davis with a nose loss to Girvin in the Grade 1 Haskell. If he moved a little later he might have flipped the result on the winner. His eighth in the Kentucky Derby can be excused without much trepidation. He always seems to bring it but “it” tends to be just below. 10 furlongs might be a bridge slightly too far but that is not proven yet. You will get a square price in the post if you believe he is ready and all systems appear a go.


dark purple saddle cloth post 10IRAP – In Spring he appeared to be rounding into proper form with a big score in the Blue Grass but then he laid a complete and utter dud in the Kentucky Derby. For me I can throw the race because some horses cannot handle a field of 20 and it was not a race course in good condition that day. He just did not like it. He has strung two impressive scored together in a row in the Indiana and Ohio Derbies. Back with the top tier he needs to retain form, no step up is needed. He took down solid fields in his last. The Spa has gotten to horses in the past but he appears ready and you should fetch a solid price.


grey saddle cloth post 11GUNNEVERA – Many will say that his seventh and fifth in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness are proof that this stage is too much for him. I disagree. I am in a camp (which appears to be pretty vacant) that you have to look at the body of work and how it unfolded. Look he never carries a ton of weight and there was a grind for him from the Florida Derby through the first two Triple Crown legs. Prior to that, the Fountain of Youth win was overly impressive. That race was second off a minor freshening break. Now he came back after the same break and scored impressively in the Tangelo Stakes. I know that is not a marquee races but he closed at a shorter distance into slow fraction and did it under a hand ride the whole way through a four wide move to win with absolute ease. This will be his second off the minor freshening break and he has won a Graded Stakes at the Spa in the past so track is not issue. He IS the live longshot in this race. This just feels a lot like 2013 and Will Take Charge.


lime green saddle cloth post 12FAYEQ – Enter the half-brother of the great Rachel Alexandria who is attempting a HUGE step up from his Allowance score last out. The plus is that win was here at The Spa. Since moving from Florida to New York he has been better but there is not much know about his full ability yet. His bloodlines are solid and the trainer knows how to score here so those are plus points. I want to fall in love with him but I just can’t. There are too many here that appear better. When the step up is this big I just cannot justify it. Buy hey I would not argue with you if you wanted to throw five dollars to win on a flyer.

2017 Travers Stakes Predictions Contenders Live Longshot – Wise Guy Price Horse



2017 Travers Stakes Predictions Contenders Live Longshot – Betting Strategy

As I have eluded to in this piece, I am looking for value in a race that could easily be all chalk. How will it all shake out? It is almost impossible to tell but based on the data I provided in the contenders analysis and the preceding paragraphs, I present some logical betting options based on your favorite cup of tea or betting style. How do you bet a horse race?? What type of bankroll are you playing with? Is it about having a good time and being a part of the spectacle? Or is it about finding a way to make money? No matter what you want or the size of your bankroll there are different ways you can approach 2017 Travers Stakes predictions and betting strategies.


Travers Stakes $12 investment
$1 Exacta Box6 with 7 with 11
$1 Trifecta Box6 with 7 with 11
Travers Stakes $20 investment
$1 Exacta Box6 with 7 with 11
$1 Trifecta Box6 with 7 with 11
$4 Win / Place11
Travers Stakes $30 investment
$1 Exacta Box6 with 7 with 10 with 11
$.50 Trifecta Box6 with 7 with 10 with 11
$3 Win / Place11
Travers Stakes $50 investment 1
$1 Exacta Box6 with 7 with 10 with 11
$1 Trifecta 6 with 7,9,10,11
$1 Trifecta 7,9,10,11 with 6 with 7,9,10,11
$.10 Superfecta Box6 with 7 with 9 with 10 with 11
$2 W11
Travers Stakes $50 investment 2
$1 Exacta Box6 with 7 with 10 with 11
$1 Trifecta Box6 with 7 with 10 with 11
$7 WP11

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