A Close Look at the Stallions Most Represented at Saratoga On “Travers Day”

Without a doubt, Saturday will be a huge day at Saratoga.  There will be SIX Grade 1 events held on a mammoth 13-race card.  In total, there will be SEVEN Graded Stakes events held.  The total of those purses will be nearly $5 million ($4.95 million to be exact).  And, for those reasons and more, the entries have been filled with some of the finest racehorses in the world.

All eyes will be focused on Saratoga Springs and one of the most exciting, thrilling, scintillating days in Thoroughbred world. Fans flock. Bettors bet. Owner’s hearts will race as fast as their horses. Trainers sweat. And, horses compete.

It is high drama.

In addition, though, it is a time to showcase the breeding side of the business, too.  The sons and daughters of some of the world’s best, most noted, most accomplished, and, of course, most expensive stallions will be on full display. It is their time to advertise their wares; promote their business; and demonstrate why their progeny are the best, and, truthfully, why they cost so much.

We have taken a closer look at the top stallions — and major stallion operations — who will have foals running on today’s card, in the major Stakes races. We have examined their foal crop numbers and their respective stud fees. And, we will be watching — very closely — to see what stallion and/or stallions win this race, as well.

It is time for the owners to “Talk the Talk.” But it is time for the horses — and their respective sires — to, er, “Run the Walk” all the way to the winner’s circle, and the breeding sheds. Click on the link below for an in-depth review:

Stallions with foals running on Travers’ Day in Grade 1 stakes.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
  • Rob Murphy

    Rob Murphy

    A horse racing and thoroughbred enthusiast, Murphy has devised his own method for handicapping and breeding. Murphy's company, M375 Thoroughbreds, Inc., has bred, raised and raced successful horses such as Platinum Tiara, Swing and Miss, Diamond Studs, Strike Three and Golden Spikes. Murphy is a former Major League Baseball player. ...

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