The 152nd running of the Travers came up short in entries for the second straight year. Last year the heavy favorite Tiz the Law won the ‘Midsummer Derby’ easily over six rivals on his way to champion 3-year-old male honors. Now the season’s top 3-year-old, Essential Quality is on a very similar path having also won the Belmont Stakes.
Essential Quality is the dominant favorite Saturday at Saratoga for the $1.25 million Travers. His opening odds are 4/5, and Essential Quality will likely to enter the starting gate closer to 1/2 odds like Tiz the Law did last year.
Essential Quality has won 7-of-8 starts including
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