Saturday, August 29, 2015
All Day Event
The Mid-Summer Derby highlight's Saturday's card.
For the first time in 37 years, a Triple Crown winner is set to descend upon Saratoga Race Course. After much deliberation, American Pharoah will make his highly anticipated return to the NYRA circuit in Saturday's Grade 1 Travers, his first start in New York since winning the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes to cap his historic run.
The 1 ¼-mile Travers, worth $1.6 million if American Pharoah makes it to the starting gate, highlights a star-studded card at the Spa that also includes the Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational; Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign Invitational; Grade 1, $700,000 Priority One Jets Forego; Grade 1, $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop and Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina, as well as the Grade 2, $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa. The Travers anchors an NBC broadcast from 4-6 p.m. ET.
American Pharoah, looking to follow in the footsteps of Triple Crown-Travers winner Whirlaway, the only horse to yet accomplish the feat, will be ridden by Victor Espinoza. The pair will leave from post 2.
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