Saturday’s 2018 Travers is shaping up to be one of the most competitive Travers in a long time, with one clear front-runner, a formidable foe from north of the border, and several horses who are just starting to live up to their potential.
- Good Magic, the runner-up to Triple Crown winner Justify in the Kentucky Derby, is the 2-1 favorite, having just won the Haskell Invitational by 3 lengths.
- Gronkowski (4-1) is coming off his impressive secon-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, and it seems that few are wondering whether it was a fluke. I have my doubts, but a good showing here will turn me into a believer.
- Wonder Gadot (5-1) is the mystery in this race. The filly is coming off a monster season in Canada, and her owner and trainer decided to race against the boys in the Travers. She’s gone 1 1/4 miles before, but her only question is whether she’s faced formidable competition before. She has the build, the breeding and the stamina to go against the colts.
- Catholic Boy (8-1) showed some promise earlier in the year but digressed, prompting his trainer to move him to the grass. He excelled there, and now they’re moving him back to the dirt to see if he’s matured enough. He could be the wild card in the race.
- Tenfold (8-1) is a good bet simply because he won the Jim Dandy Stakes. His fifth-place finish in the Belmont wasn’t that impressive. Unless it’s a fast pace, don’t look for him to place.
- Vino Rosso (10-1) is the horse with potential who has never done anything. Until he can break through with a class performance, he’ll never have my backing.
Other contenders include Bravazo (12-1) and the much-maligned Mendelssohn (12-1).