Travers Stakes 2011: Stay Thirsty Runs Away With Midsummer Derby

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2011 Travers Stakes: Odds, Post Time, TV

Just moments from the start of the 142nd running of the Travers Stakes it looks like Coil will go off as a 2-1 betting favorite. Coil, the Haskell champ, was 3-1 in the morning line.

Stay Thirsty, 5-2 favorite in the morning line, is currently 3-1. Shackleford, the Preakness champ, is 7-2. Ruler On Ice, winner of the Belmont Stakes, is 6-1. Raison D’Etat, a popular upset choice, is 10-1.

Post-time for the Midsummer Derby is 5:45 p.m. ET. The race is being shown live on NBC.

Hurricane Irene has not yet reached Saratoga Race Course with just minutes before post time, so the track appears to be dry.

If one of the favorites wins today’s race he would become an obvious favorite in the running for 3-year-old Horse of the Year honors. An upset victory by someone like Raison D’Etat would further muddy the Horse of the Year picture heeading into the Breadeers’ Cup.


2011 Travers Stakes TV Schedule: NBC To Show Midsummer Derby

The 142nd running of the Travers Stakes is set for today at Saratoga Race Course, with a field of 10 set for the 5:45 p.m. ET post time. Stay Thirsty (5-2) is the current betting favorite in a star-studded field that includes Preakness winner Shackleford (9-2), Belmont winner Ruler On Ice (6-1) and Haskell winner Coil (3-1).

The race will be broadcast live on NBC with live coverage beginning at 5 p.m.

Hurricane Irene should not impact the Midsummer Derby, as storms related to the powerful hurricane are not expected to reach the historic upstate New York racetrack until the overnight hours. Thus, track conditions should be good.

An undercard race, The King's Bishop, will also get attention on Saturday. That is because Uncle Mo, considered to be a Kentucky Derby favorite earlier this year, will be making his return to racing after being felled by an illness before the Derby. That race has a post time of 5:12 p.m., and will also be shown live on NBC.

-- SB Nation's horse racing website, And Down The Stretch They Come, is calling for an upset in the Travers, something that would further muddy the Horse of the Year picture in the 3-year-old division.


Travers Stakes 2011 Odds: Stay Thirsty Is Morning-Line Favorite

Stay Thirsty, winner of the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course earlier in the 2011 Saratoga meet, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's 142nd running of the Midsummer Derby. Stay Thirsty got the No. 9 post position in Wednesday's post position draw.

Haskell Invitational champ Coil is the second choice in the morning line at 3-1. Coil drew the No. 7 post position. Preakness winner Shackleford is 9-2, and will be coming from the outside No. 10 post position in the 10-horse field.

Ruler On Ice, who won the the Belmont Stakes as a 24-1 longshot, is a 6-1 choice in the morning line. Ruler On Ice drew the No. 4 post position.

-- See SB Nation's horse racing website And Down The Stretch They Come for more on Travers and anything else going on in the world of horse racing.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer ML
1 Bowman's Causeway

2 Rattlesnake Bridge

3 Moonshine Mullin

4 Ruler On Ice

5 Malibu Glow

6 Raison d'Etat

7 Coil

8 J W Blue

9 Stay Thirsty

10 Shackleford

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