He thumped the Preakness, Belmont and Haskell winners in fine fashion under jockey Javier Castellano, who gave him a perfect ride.
The undercard was filled with excellent efforts, notably the 2-year old colt, Fire On Ice who scored an impressive victory in a maiden special weight, reminiscent of a colt who broke his maiden a year earlier who happened to be returning in the King's Bishop off a long layoff.
My three singles of the day, Good Prospect (4th), Fizzano (7th) and Cincinnati Kid (13th) kept me out of trouble at the windows, which enabled me to go deep in a Pick-3 with Hot Summer in the Victory Ride anchoring a nice payday. My Pick-4 blew up however when I tried to beat Hilda's Passion in the Ballerina, which proved to be not a good move.
I took my father for the second consecutive Travers and we had a fun day in the backyard with the Vattimo crew and later at Prime with the Saratoga Resident, the Puma and the Twins. Prime is a tremendous venue to hang out after the races and I'll be back to tackle the golf course at National on Thursday.
Oh, I had to work also, you can find my post-race commentary for The Buffalo News here.
The Toga Party contest has tightened.up and the Space Gal has evened up with yours truly at the top of the leaderboard as she was the only contestant out of 19 to select Stay Thirsty. dana from Hello Race Fans captured a couple points with Caleb's Posse and the $2 trifecta to get back into the hunt. It still is anybody's ball game.
Here's our day in pictures....
|Steven Crist and Andy Serling Talkin' Horses|
|Miss Netta scores with Rajiv Maragh up|
|Kieran McLaughlin had a big day|
|Daveron wins the Grade 2 Ballston Spa|
|Eddie Castro, Graham Motion|
win for Team Valor
|Near the top of the stretch in|
the Victory Ride, where's Hot Summer?
Answer: On her way.
|Uncle Mo in the paddock|
|Why is this guy always taking my picture?|
|Caleb's Posse heads to the track|
|Uncle Mo ready to return to the races|
|Photo Finish in the King's Bishop!|
|The Toddster and a dejected Johnny V|
|Rajiv Maragh and Caleb's Posse, the|
2011 King's Bishop champ
|Mike Battaglia from NBC|
interviews Bob Baffert
|Kelly Breen with Belmont champ|
Ruler On Ice
|Huddle Up....go down to the Chevy and|
cut across the middle
|Rattlesnake Bridge, Travers runnerup|
|Martin Garcia and Haskell champ Coil|
|Show horse JW Blue (32-1)|
|Preakness champ Shackleford|
|By the Grandstand for the first time in the Travers|
|Stay Thirsty heads for the wire|
|Hug it out, bro|
|The Travers champ gets the sponge|
|Javy closes in on Johnny V with his 44th win of the meet|
A great day was had by all....hope you enjoyed the pics.