NYRA To Host Cross Country Pick 5 With Woodbine On Travers Day At Saratoga

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host a Cross Country Pick 5 with graded stakes action from historic Saratoga Race Course as well as three races from Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday, Runhappy Travers Day.

Live coverage of all the sequence’s races will be available with Saratoga Live on FOX Sports and MSG Networks. Free Equibase past performances for the Cross Country Pick 5 sequence are now available for download at https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/cross-country-wagers.

Woodbine will start the sequence in Race 8 with a full field of fillies and mares 3-years-old and up going six furlongs on the main track in Race 8 at 4:49 p.m. Eastern. Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse will see Roman d’Oro, who ran fifth in the Grade 3 Mazarine in October at the Rexdale, Ontario-based track, break from post 2. Trainer Kevin Attard will send out Princess Fabiana from the inside post.

The stakes action will start at the Spa when six fillies and mares compete in the Grade 3, $150,000 Waya for older fillies and mares going 1 ½ miles on the inner turf in Race 9 at 5:02 p.m. Fools Gold will look to defend her title in the turf marathon and become the first repeat Waya winner since Source in 1993-94. The Chad Brown trainee will have the services of Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano from the outside post. Her stablemate, the French-bred My Sister Nat, earned North American graded stakes black type in her last two efforts when finishing a close second in the Grade 3 Long Island on November 30 at Aqueduct and the Grade 2 New York in June at Belmont Park.

Action returns to Woodbine in Race 9 at 5:22 p.m. when 10 3-year-olds and up compete in a 7 ½-furlong inner turf challenge. Federal Law, who won the Queenston last year at Woodbine, will be sent out by Casse. Florida Won, condition by Martin Drexler, has ran second in two of his last three starts.

Race 10 at Woodbine, a 5 ½-furlong maiden sprint set to go off at 5:56 p.m., will see Marjorie’s Dream, who ran a competitive second last out on July 12 going 6 ½ furlongs at Woodbine, break from post 3 for trainer Randy Thompson. The 12-full horse field also includes Trading Bay, who was third in his debut on November 16 at Woodbine.

The concluding leg will be the 151st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Runhappy Travers for some of the country’s top 3-year-olds at the Spa in Race 11 at 6:15 p.m. on FOX.

A talented eight-horse field is highlighted by morning-line even-money favorite Tiz the Law, the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes-winner for trainer Barclay Tagg and to be ridden by Manny Franco. Tiz the Law, who drew post 6, is the leader on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard and will look to add more points as the Travers will award 100-40-20-10 qualifying points to the top-four finishers. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send Uncle Chuck, 2-for-2 in his career, into the Travers, breaking from post 3 with Luis Saez aboard. Max Player, the third-place finisher in the Belmont Stakes conditioned by Linda Rice, drew post 4. Others in the field for the 1 1/4-mile Runhappy Travers include Country Grammer, Shivaree, South Bend, Caracaro and First Line.

The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is also available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across the country. Every week will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool.

The Cross Country Pick 5 will continue each Saturday throughout the year. For more information, visit NYRABets.com.

Cross Country Pick 5 – Saturday, August 8:
Leg 1 – Woodbine, Race 8: (4:49 p.m.)
Leg 2 – Saratoga, Race 9: Grade 3 Waya (5:02 p.m.)
Leg 3 – Woodbine, Race 9: Grade 1 Whitney (5:22 p.m.)
Leg 4 – Woodbine, Race 10: (5:56 p.m.)
Leg 5 – Saratoga, Race 11: Grade 1 Runhappy Travers (6:15 p.m.)

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