Orb Third Choice in Travers Stakes

Travers Stakes at Saratoga

This year's Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, will contend in the $1 Million Travers Stakes tomorrow at Saratoga Race course.

Orb was unable to keep his winning streak alive after the Kentucky Derby as the Triple Crown schedule proved to be too much for the son of Malibu Moon.  In the Preakness Stakes Orb ran fourth and placed third in the Belmont Stakes in June.  After the Belmont the colt was shipped to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland to rest and continue training.  Orb will be ridden by jockey Joel Rosario and will break from post 2 with odds of 4/1

Two horses trained by Todd Pletcher, Verrazano and Belmont winner Palace Malice will face this year's Derby winner in the 1-1/4 mile Travers Stakes.

Since the Belmont Stakes, Palace Malice who is owned by Dogwood Stables claimed a 1-length victory in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27 th.  Verrazano finished fourteenth in this year's Kentucky Derby but was victorious in the Pegasus (G3) in June and the Haskell Invitational in July.   With both of these horses training well this summer and coming off of solid wins, they top the list for betting choices in the Travers. 

D. Wayne Lukas will be saddling Will Take Charge in the Travers Stakes.  With 14 Triple Crown wins to his credit, trainer Wayne Lukas has ordered up a jockey change and Luis Saez will be at the controls as this son of Unbridled's Song will break from post 5 with odds of 10/1.  Will Take Charge finished 2 nd behind Palace Malice in the Jim Dandy last month.

Hopefully trainer Shug McGaughey made the right call by giving Orb a layoff after this year's Belmont.  Orb, is owned by Phipps Stable and Stuart Janney III, and has been at Saratoga training for the last two weeks.




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