Tickets available in advance for $15 for meet’s signature day

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Led by the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy winner Essential Quality, the nation’s top 3-year-olds will soon meet at the Spa for the marquee race of the summer season – the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers.

Sponsored by Runhappy, a champion sprinter currently standing at Claiborne Farm, the Runhappy Travers will be run for the 152nd time on Saturday, August 28 at Saratoga Race Course.

General admission tickets are $15 when purchased in advance. The walk-up price on Runhappy Travers Day is $20. Tickets may be purchased in-person at the NYRA Box Office by Gate A or online at (service fees apply online).

A limited number of Clubhouse admission tickets are available for $25. There are no Clubhouse upgrades on Runhappy Travers Day.

Gates open at 7 a.m. with a first post time of 11:35 a.m. Breakfast and tram tours are not offered on Runhappy Travers Day.

For the third consecutive year, FOX will air the Runhappy Travers as the centerpiece of a 90-minute telecast beginning at 5 p.m. The networks of FOX and FOX Sports will air 7.5 total hours of live racing and analysis on Runhappy Travers Day, with coverage scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on FS1.

The Runhappy Travers is the centerpiece of a card featuring seven stakes and six Grade 1s, offering $4.6 million in total purse money, including the Grade 1, $750,000 Resorts World Sword Dancer; Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti; Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina; Grade 1, $600,000 Forego; and Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Ballston Spa.

The Runhappy Travers is the oldest stakes race for 3-year-olds in the United States. The inaugural edition took place on August 2, 1864, as the first race ever held at the present-day Saratoga Race Course and was named for track co-founder William R. Travers.

The 2021 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Racing is conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of the final week, when the meet concludes on Labor Day.

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