Always Dreaming Ready to Fire in Travers
Always Dreaming looks to add the “Midsummer Derby” to his list of Derby wins on Saturday at Saratoga and a win solidifies him as the frontrunner for Champion 3-Year-Old. Several of his West Point Partners are making the trip up to the Spa to see their colt compete in the most prestigious race of the historic meet.
Owned by the partnership of MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz Stable, Teresa Viola, St Elias Stable, Siena Farm, and West Point Thoroughbreds, the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby winner will try to rebound in the $1,250,000 Travers Stakes (G1) following a fourth place finish in the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) on July 30.
This year’s Travers attracted an accomplished cast, including all three winners of the Triple Crown races: Always Dreaming, Cloud Computing, and Tapwrit. This is the first time that winners of the three jewels have run in the Travers since 1982.
"I would expect an improved performance, because he's now had a mile-and-an-eighth race under his belt," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "Right now, if the track continues to play the way it is currently, it's definitely tighter than it was Jim Dandy weekend. I would say it's playing at least a second to a second and a half faster at a mile and an eighth than it did at that time. In retrospect, (with) the freshening we gave Always Dreaming between the Preakness and the Jim Dandy, we were expecting the more traditional, livelier Saratoga track."
Post time for the Travers is 5:44 ET. Always Dreaming breaks from post seven in the field of 12 3-year-olds and is ridden by regular pilot, Hall of Famer John Velazquez. The race will be shown live on NBC.
The ownership group brought Always Dreaming’s Kentucky Derby trophy to the inaugural Equestricon Convention for photo opportunities with fans. It was also recently announced that the ownership group supports the Horseracing Integrity Act, which would level the playing field by creating a national, uniform anti-doping and medication control program for horse racing. Read more.
Terry Finley, West Point Partners Phil and Dana, and Always Dreaming after the Jim Dandy Stakes: