Big field looms for Travers

August 18, 1993|By New York Daily News

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Led by Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair and Jim Dandy winner Miner's Mark, a field of 12 is shaping up for Saturday's Travers at Saratoga.

Without a dominant horse among the nation's 3-year-old males, it seems that everyone wants to take a chance at the $1 million race. The others expected for the 1 1/4 -mile classic are Silver of Silver, Wild Gale, El Bakan, Devoted Brass, Kissin Kris, Wallenda, Cherokee Run, Sea Hero, Virginia Rapids and Foxtrail.

Wild Gale, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, worked seven furlongs in 1:28 4/5 yesterday. Devoted Brass, arguably the leader of a depleted group of California 3-year-olds, shipped in from California yesterday.

On Monday, a day when her stablemate, Fourstardave, kept Saratoga's most remarkable streak alive, Irish Linnet kept rolling right along as well.

For the third straight year, the Leo O'Brien-trained filly won the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga. Ridden by Jose Santos, she won by 4 1/2 lengths over Azadeh.

A race earlier on the card, Fourstardave won, capturing a race at Saratoga for the seventh straight year.

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