The 2015 Travers Stakes live stream and TV coverage will take place this afternoon from Saratoga Race Course in New York and once again all eyes will be focused on Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah.
It came as a pleasant surprise to many racing fans when they heard the news earlier in the week that trainer Bob Baffert announced American Pharoah would be participating in Saturday’s Travers Stakes. According to Bleacher Report, this afternoon’s race will be his second race since AP won the Triple Crown. American Pharoah dominated the Haskell Invitational earlier this month, just two months after winning the Belmont Stakes and capturing the ever elusive Triple Crown.
Now the question is can American Pharoah once again run-away from the field and set up a possible date with destiny as we head towards the 2015 Breeders Cup in October? American Pharoah is a huge favorite at 1-5 on the morning line for the Travers, a 1 1/4-mile, Grade 1 stakes race this afternoon and with a win today and a win at the Breeders Cup this fall racing fans may be witnessing history in the making and looking at one of the best horses of all time.
American Pharoah will start from the second post position, something trainer Bob Baffert is pleased with. Now he is just focused on grabbing another win.
“Once the draw is over, we just think about having everything going smooth into the race,” Baffert told reporters following Tuesday night’s draw in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. “The horse is doing well. That’s more important than what hole he drew.”
To say American Pharoah is hot is an understatement. AP has won eight straight races, and seven of them which were Grade 1 stakes.
All of the action at Saratoga on Saturday will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET, with the Grade 1 race featuring American Pharoah, and other derby contenders Frosted, Upstart and Keen Ice will get underway at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET.
Fans can catch all of the action live on NBC nationally and streaming live online through NBC Sports Extra. If you can’t catch the action live, be sure to check back here for the results and payouts.
Here is a look at the field and current odds for the 2015 Travers.
1. Upstart — Irad Ortiz 15-1
2. American Pharoah — Victor Espinoza 1-5
3. Mid Ocean — 50-1
4. Texas Red — Kent Desormeaux 8-1
5. Frammento — Jose Ortiz 30-1
6. Frosted — Joel Rosario 6-1
7. Keen Ice — Javier Castellano 12-1
8. Tale of Verve — Gary Stevens 30-1
9. King of New York — Julien Leparoux 50-1
10. Smart Transition — John Velazquez 20-1