Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law will try to win one of the signature races on the horse racing calendar when he leaves the starting gate on Saturday in the 2020 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Nicknamed the Mid-Summer Derby, the Travers ranks alongside the Triple Crown races as the most prestigious three-year-old events of the year. Saturday's Travers 2020 will be the 151st running of the race.
Owned by a partnership based in Saratoga Springs, Tiz the Law is the even-money favorite in the 2020 Travers Stakes odds. He is followed on the morning line by the Bob Baffert-trained Uncle Chuck (5-2). Country Grammer, who is trained by Chad Brown, and Max Player, who's trained by Linda Rice, are both 6-1 in the eight-horse 2020 Travers Stakes field. Post time is 6:15 p.m. ET. With a highly-accomplished field set to enter the starting gate, you need to see what legendary handicapper Hammerin' Hank Goldberg has to say before making any 2020 Travers Stakes picks.
The former horse racing analyst for ESPN and NBC, Goldberg became a legendary handicapper by going straight to the source. In 2004, he had dinner before the Belmont Stakes with trainer Nick Zito at a pizzeria in Queens. The dinner led Goldberg to play Zito's 36-1 monster long shot Birdstone to win and on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets. When Birdstone shocked the world, Goldberg won $24,000.
In the San Felipe Stakes in March, Hammer gave out a $20 exacta that paid $180. Last month in the Belmont Stakes, Goldberg was all over Tiz the Law, who scored a convincing victory in the year's first Triple Crown race. In the Blue Grass Stakes, Hammer nailed the Art Collector-Swiss Skydiver exacta for $169.40. Last month he hit the Authentic-Ny Traffic exacta in the Haskell for $158. And two weeks ago in the San Diego Handicap he gave out the Maximum Security-Midcourt exacta for $105. Anybody who has followed Hammer's horse racing picks has seen huge returns.
Now, Goldberg has studied the 2020 Travers Stakes lineup and has released his picks, predictions and exotic bets. You can see them all over at SportsLine.
Top 2020 Travers Stakes predictions
One surprise: Goldberg is completely against South Bend, even though he is coming off a career-best effort. This son of Algorithms has three wins, two seconds and two thirds in 11 career starts. He last raced on June 27, finishing second in the Ohio Derby. In that race, he earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 94.
But that figure is well shy of the best in the 2020 Travers Stakes lineup, a 100 earned by Tiz the Law. South Bend will need to improve significantly in order to compete with the best in the race. In addition, the quality of the Ohio Derby field is far shy of the one South Bend will face on Saturday at Saratoga.
Instead, Goldberg is high on Max Player. This three-year-old son of Honor Code has two wins, one second and one third in four career starts. He is coming off a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes.
The Belmont was his first start in more than four months, and he should be even more fit for Saturday's Travers. "If he continues to improve and gets pace to run at, he could hit the board," Goldberg said. He's a horse to include in your exotic wagers.
How to make 2020 Travers Stakes picks
In addition, Goldberg is high on a double-digit long shot who "should only be improved coming off his last race." Goldberg is including this horse in his 2020 Travers Stakes bets, and so should you. He's sharing which horse to back only at SportsLine.
Who wins the Travers Stakes 2020? And how has Goldberg formulated his best bets? Check out the latest 2020 Travers Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Goldberg's picks for the 2020 Travers Stakes, and find out.
2020 Travers Stakes odds
Tiz the Law (1-1)
Uncle Chuck (5-2)
Country Grammer (6-1)
Max Player (6-1)
South Bend (15-1)
First Line (30-1)