Led by 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and 2014 Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong, a field of 10 is expected to be drawn for Horse Racing’s “Mid-Summer Derby”, the 2014 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, on Tuesday at 6pm EST at Druthers, a restaurant in center city Saratoga.
Tonalist and Wicked Strong have exchanged decisions the last two times they met with Tonalist beating Wicked Strong in the Belmont Stakes by 4 ¼ lengths on June 7 before Wicked Strong turned the tables by 2 ½ lengths in the July 27 Jim Dandy.
Others expected to be entered include Commanding Curve, a hard charging second to California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby, Charge Now, a half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Woody Stephens and Haskell winner Bayern, the stretch running Kid Cruz, Belmont Derby Invitational winner Mr. Speaker, Ulanbator, who was fifth in the Jim Dandy and third in the Dwyer in his last two starts, V.E. Day, who has won three in a row including the Curlin Stakes his last time out and Viva Majorca, who sports a 5-2-0-1 record and was fourth in the Curlin Stakes.
The original thought was that the Travers would draw a field of 11 but lost one possible participant this past week when Coltimus Prime was withdrawn from consideration.
Coltimus Prime, who won the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown (The Prince of Wales Stakes, July 29 at Fort Erie), worked five furlongs in 1:05 flat Saturday morning over the Saratoga main track. The work sent a signal to trainer Justin Nixon.
He “went a little bit slow for me” and that “we will pass the Travers” Nixon said.
By: Gerard Apadula
Director of Equine Operations and Development
Knights of the Round Stable Thoroughbred Racing Team