V.E. Day 19/1 pulled off the upset by nailing stablemate Wicked Strong at the buzzer to win the 145th Travers Stakes at Saratoga in front of 46,000 plus fans. Post time favorite and Haskell Invitational winner Bayern catapulted right out of the gate like a rocket to take an immediate three-length lead, but was quickly joined by Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong, who made sure Bayern had no easy walk in the woods on this Saturday afternoon. Tonalist and Wicked Strong tracked right off Bayern through fractions of 23.74 & 47.31. Wicked Strong made his move coming around the far turn taking command over Bayern with Tonalist moving along the inside. Bayern had enough at that point, backing up to finish a disappointing last. Mr. Speaker was in the center of the track making his rally, but flattened. And charging late was V.E. Day with track running out and Wicked Strong closing in on victory made a determined late rally on the outside, guided by Javier Castellano nailed Wicked Strong right before the wire getting his nose down first winning another thrilling renewal of the Travers Stakes at the Spa. Tonalist stayed on to finish 2 1/2 lengths behind them in third place. Kid Cruz checked in behind him in the fourth place spot. V.E. Day and Wicked Strong are both trained by Jimmy Jerkens. Jerkens won his second Travers Stakes in four years. He won the 141st Travers in another thriller with Afleet Express pipping Fly Down at the wire. Travers Stakes Chart
Shared Belief Remains Undefeated By Winning The Pacific Classic Against Older Horses--V.E. Day Upsets Stablemate Wicked Strong At The Wire To Win The 145th Travers Stakes--Haskell Winner And Post Time Favorite Bayern Led Through Three Quarters Before Faltering To Finish Last
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