by Pat McKenna
Travers Day grandstand general admission available in advance for $10; Clubhouse admission available in limited quantities
A strong field stacked with the nation's top 3-year-olds is shaping up for the marquee race of the summer season - the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers, which will be run for the 149th time on Saturday, August 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
This year's Travers is sponsored by Runhappy, a champion sprinter currently standing at Claiborne Farm.
In addition to Kentucky Derby runner-up and Haskell winner Good Magic, the Runhappy Travers field is expected to include the first filly in nearly 40 years. When Wonder Gadot enters the starting gate, she will seek to become the first filly to win the Runhappy Travers since 1915. The filly is named for actress Gal Gadot, who played the role of superhero Wonder Woman in the recent hit movie.
Other probable starters include Jim Dandy winner Tenfold, Curlin winner Hofburg, Wood Memorial winner Vino Rosso, Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski, and Haskell runner-up Bravazo.
Grandstand general admission tickets for Travers Day may be purchased in advance for $10. Grandstand admission will be $15 on the day of the event, pending availability. A limited number of clubhouse admission tickets are available for $25. Clubhouse upgrades will not be available on Travers Day.
Travers Day grandstand and clubhouse admission tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the NYRA Box Office at Saratoga Race Course.
The Runhappy Travers will be one of six Grade 1 stakes on Travers Day, which will also feature the Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer, the Grade 1, $700,000 Personal Ensign, the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego, the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina and the H. Allen Jerkens presented by Runhappy. The blockbuster card will also include the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa.
Gates open at 7 a.m. on Travers Day, with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m. All guests are subject to enhanced screening upon entering the grounds and will not be permitted to run once inside the property for their safety. This policy will be strictly enforced.
There is a strict limit of one table per person that may be reserved in the backyard. Re-selling of picnic tables is not allowed and will result in expulsion from track grounds.
Fans planning to attend the Runhappy Travers can review a full list of track policies at www.nyra.com/saratoga/visit/saratoga-track-policies.
Paid attendance for Travers Day will be capped at 50,000, as has become standard procedure, to provide the best experience possible for guests. All reserved seats, dining and hospitality are sold out.
The 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit