2011 Travers Stakes Update

By on Jul 06, 2011

Excitement is starting to build with a little over six weeks to go until the next elite thoroughbred event. This year’s Travers Stakes will be even more critical than usual in selecting the 2011 champion three year old horse- with three different winners of the Triple Crown races there is no shoe-in candidate. Ironically enough, Uncle Mo is the horse with the most Grade 1 victories despite missing the entire Triple Crown.

Speaking of Uncle Mo, the colt is back to training and has been moved to Saratoga perhaps with the hope of running in the Travers? His condition, which has been now diagnosed as a rare liver disorder, seems to be healing well and trainer Todd Pletcher is said to be pleased with the horse’s progress.

Other possible contenders for the Travers look to include Ruler On Ice, Jaycito, Alternation, Brilliant Speed, and Stay Thirsty. Certainly Brilliant Speed and Alternation have some hype to live up to. Stay Thirsty showed good form in the Belmont and has to be considered a contender at the Midsummer Derby.

However some commentators seem to view this year’s Travers Stakes as a bit of a disappointment and reflective of the whole three year old group in 2011- no clear candidates for greatness or horse of the year. Whether that is the case or not remains to be seen with key races left to go in the season. But it is fair to say that it is probably anybody’s guess as to who the champion three year old will be.

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