Thursday, August 30, 2012
Canoes celebrate Travers winners
The colors of Godolphin (left) and Magic City Thoroughbred Partners share the infield pond at Saratoga after their horses finished in a dead heat in the Travers Stakes.
A Saratoga tradition was doubled Wednesday when the infield pond at Saratoga Race Course welcomed two canoes for the winners of Saturday's 143rd edition of the Grade 1 Travers.
For the first time, two canoes will float upon the infield pond at Saratoga Race Course in honor of Golden Ticket and Alpha, who hit the wire together in an electrifying finish resulting in the first dead-heat victory in the celebrated history of the country's oldest major stakes race for three-year-olds.
Officials from The New York Racing Association placed the canoes featuring the colors of Golden Ticket and Alpha into the pond as tradition dictates for the Travers winner.
One canoe carries the colors of Godolphin Stables, owner of the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Alpha. The other represents Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, owner of the Kenny McPeek-conditioned Golden Ticket.