SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Godolphin Racing’s Transparent hopes to make himself visible today. That’s because the dark bay colt, broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones, is among the entries for the 144th Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
The Florida-bred son of Bernardini was disqualified in his last start, and was taken down from first and placed fifth in the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on July 26. The Travers will be Transparent’s third stakes start. The colt previously finished sixth this winter in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
And even though the allowance winner will be taking a big step up in class, his trainer Kiaran McLaughlin believes Transparent is ready for the Travers Stakes. Transparent is 10-to-1 on the morning line.
“He came out of the Curlin in great shape,” said McLaughlin. “He needed the race.”
Transparent drew the extreme outside post for today’s Midsummer Derby and will break from the no. 9 hole. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. gets the return call.
“I would have preferred to have switched with Romansh, and been on the inside,” McLaughlin said of another son of Bernardini that has connections to Aiken. “We need to cover him up, so they won’t get dirt on him.”
This year’s Travers Stakes features what might be one of the most competitive fields there’s been for the race in years. That adds to what is already a tense and dramatic atmosphere.
“This is one of the toughest Travers in a while,” said McLaughlin. “I hope we run a big race.”
Ben Baugh covers the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard .
1. Romansh 12-to-1
2. Orb 4-to-1
3. Verrazano 2-to-1
4. Golden Soul 20-to-1
5. Will Take Charge 10-to-1
6. Moreno 12-to-1
7. War Dancer 15-to-1
8. Palace Malice 5-to-2
9. Transparent 10-to-1