Travers Stakes Payouts
Travers Stakes betting can be lucrative, since there is a storied history of longshots winning the race. In 1930, Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox lost to 100-1 shot Jim Dandy in the race; the main local prep for the Travers now bears his name. In 2015, Keen Ice defeated another Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, in a huge upset.
Arrogate was a surprising 11-1 when he scored in 2016 in record time. He went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup, and Dubai World Cup in one of the most historic runs in racing lore.
Some recent Travers Stakes payouts include:
2020 – Tiz the Law $3.00
2019 – Code of Honor $10.80
2018 – Catholic Boy $16.20
2017 – West Coast $14.20
2016 – Arrogate $25.40
2015 – Keen Ice $34.00
2014 – V.E. Day $41.00
2013 – Will Take Charge $21.20
2012 – Golden Ticket $26.80/Alpha $4.10 (dead heat)
2011 – Stay Thirsty $6.80
Only three favorites have won the Travers Stakes in the last 10 years.
Travers Stakes Field
The 2020 Travers Stakes will be held Saturday, August 28 at Saratoga. The Travers Stakes field will be drawn on Wednesday, August 25.
Watch for jockey Javier Castellano, who has already won the race six times (Keen Ice, V.E. Day, Afleet Express, Catholic Boy, Bernardini, Stay Thirsty) and remains in the prime of his riding career. John Velazquez (Flower Alley, Code of Honor) has won it twice in the last 15 years, as has Mike Smith, who has won it four times overall (Arrogate, West Coast, Coronado’s Quest, Holy Bull).
As far as trainers, Shug McGaughey has won it four times (Easy Goer, Rhythm, Coronado’s Quest, and Code of Honor), and Bob Baffert three times (Point of Honor, Arrogate, West Coast). D. Wayne Lukas has won it three times (Corporate Report, Thunder Gulch, Will Take Charge), and Todd Pletcher twice (Flower Alley, Stay Thirsty). Trainer Chad Brown is still seeking his first win in the Travers as of 2021.