The famous “Mid-Summer Derby”, the Travers Stakes, looks to be contested under ideal mid-summer weather conditions. In fact, the conditions tend to mirror more of a 'late summer' scenario. A large area of high pressure will be building south from southern Canada, into the area through the day today. Bright sunshine, with minimal cloud cover, is expected over the Saratoga Race Course, in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, today.
First race post time is scheduled for 11:35AM, and temperatures are expected to between 65 and 70 degrees, with comfortable levels of humidity and a light northerly to northwesterly wind for the day’s card. The entire 14 race card should be enjoyed under rain free conditions, with perhaps only a few fair weather cumulus clouds developing during the afternoon hours.
The contenders in this year’s running of the Travers are scheduled to spring from the gate at around 5:46PM EDT this evening. Sky conditions are expected to remain mostly sunny to sunny, with a slight northerly breeze, generally between 5 and 10 MPH. Race time temperatures are expected to be between 70 and 75 degrees with comfortable levels of humidity remaining in place.