TDN Rising Star Caracaro (Uncle Mo) was second; Max Player (Honor Code) finished third.
"I've been doing this a long time and I've always wanted to win the Travers," winning trainer Barclay Tagg said. "This has been in my head my whole life. And now it happened so it couldn't be better. You always have some doubt because many different things can happen. That's always in the back of your mind, but I was very confident in the horse."
A dozen of Sackatoga's 35 partners in Tiz the Law were on hand for the Travers at the Spa.
Michael Lund Petersen's TDN Rising Star Gamine (Into
Mischief) turned in her second jaw-dropping performance in a row as she dominated Saturday's GI Longines Test S., covering seven furlongs at Saratoga in a blazing 1:20.83. That time matched the stakes record set by Lady Tak in 2003, and was significantly faster than the 1:21.63 last year's GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Serengeti Empress (Alternation) went in the GI Ballerina S. for older fillies a few races earlier.
Kept well off the rail with formidable foe and chief market rival Venetian Harbor (Munnings) hard held while applying the pressure through splits of :22.70 and :45.14, last year's $1.8- million Fasig-Tipton Midlantic topper shook loose at the top of the lane and cantered home under a hands-and-heels ride to cruise under the line seven lengths in front, as easily as her 3-10 odds suggested she might. Cont. p5
8:00a Furstenberg-Rennen-G3, HOP
9:15a LARC Prix Maurices de Gheest-G1, DEA
10:10a Keeneland Phoenix S.-G1, CUR
10:25a AJN Steelstock Sovereign S.-G3, SAL
10:40a Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint S.-G3, CUR
11:00a Prix Valparaiso Sporting Club-Prix de Reux-G3, DEA
9:30p La Jolla H.-GIII, DMR
The dark bay wasn't off to the sharpest of beginnings from her rail draw, but was quarter-horsed to the front by Luis Saez to hold a narrow advantage over the pride of Mexico Letruska (Super Saver) through an opening quarter in a blazing :21.75.
Getting scrubbed on and appearing to be in deep water with the others swarming in--including favored California invaderBellafina (Quality Road)--as they hit the quarter pole, Serengeti Empress wasn=t going out without a fight.