2017 Travers Stakes odds and picks from expert with nine straight Derby wins
Jody Demling had the Kentucky Derby winner early, but isn't high on him for the Travers Stakes
The top 3-year-olds in the world will face off Saturday in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
The field of 12 includes the three winners of this year's Triple Crown races. It's the first time all three winners of the spring classics have faced off since the 1982 Travers when Runaway Groom beat them all. The bottom line: the field is packed with talent.
Before you bet the 2017 Travers Stakes, you'll want to hear what Jody Demling has to say.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling comes into the 148th edition of the Travers three months removed from a Kentucky Derby win that continued a mind-blowing streak: For the ninth year in a row, he nailed the Oaks-Derby double at Churchill Downs.
Demling followed that up by successfully calling Cloud Computing as one of his long shots with a chance to win the Preakness and nailed the 1-2 finish in the Belmont, easily cashing his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets.
With post time quickly approaching, Demling finalized his Travers Stakes 2017 picks and listed where each horse will finish.
Tapwrit is the favorite at 7/2, but even though Demling correctly picked him to win the Belmont, he doesn't like him to win at Saratoga. Tapwrit hasn't raced since his big win in June, which has Demling all off him Saturday.
Another shocker: Demling nailed Always Dreaming wining the Derby, but isn't calling for an encore in the Travers Stakes. Always Dreaming is going off at 6/1, but Demling thinks the colt will be overmatched in New York and won't even finish in the money. Since his Derby win, Always Dreaming finished eighth in the Preakness and third in the Jim Dandy (also at Saratoga).
Demling is calling for a double-digit underdog to make a run at the title, resulting in a huge payday for anyone who backs him.
Which horse wins the 2017 Travers Stakes? And what huge underdog does Demling think makes a run at the winner's circle? Check out the opening odds below, then visit SportsLine to see the full Travers Stakes projected leaderboard from the man who's nailed 9 straight Derby-Oaks doubles and find out.
West Coast: 4/1
Good Samaritan: 5/1
Always Dreaming: 6/1
Cloud Computing: 8/1
Giuseppe the Great: 20/1
Lookin at Lee: 30/1
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