• Verrazano favored over Orb,Palace Malice at the Travers
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     | August 22,2013
     
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    In this July 28, 2013, photo, provided by Equi-Photo, Verrazano, with John Velazquez aboard, wins the Haskell Invitational horse race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Verrazano was made the Travers Stakes favorite on Wednesday.

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. Haskell Invitational winner Verrazano was made the favorite for Saturdays $1 million Travers Stakes over Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont winner Palace Malice.

    A strong field of nine 3-year-olds was entered Wednesday for the 1-mile race also known as the Mid-Summer Derby.

    Verrazano, with John Velazquez aboard, is the 2-1 choice leaving from the No. 3 gate, with stablemate Palace Malice next at 5-2 with Mike Smith riding. Derby winner Orb is the third choice at 4-1 with Joel Rosario aboard.

    Todd Pletcher trains the top two choices.

    Also entered are Golden Soul, Moreno, Romansh, Transparent, War Dancer and Will Take Charge.

    Verrazano is coming off an impressive win in the Haskell at Monmouth Park on July 28. Palace Malice followed up his Belmont victory by taking the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27.

    Its a great field, Pletcher said, and from a fans perspective, its one of the strongest Travers weve seen in a while. With the exception of (Preakness winner) Oxbow, all the major players are here.

    Orb ran fourth in the Preakness and third in the Belmont, then spent most of the summer in training at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md.

    Weve been tickled to death with what hes done since he got up here last week, said Orbs trainer, Shug McGaughey. We just hope we can keep it going for the Travers.

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