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2017 Travers Stakes Betting Tips PT 3

Next up is Good Samaritan, a contender who was a homebred by Winstar Farms and has since been part-owned by China Horse Club. He was able to capture the Jim Dandy Stakes and looked really good doing it so there’s plenty of reason why this contender should be taken very seriously.


He boasts an advantage here that many of the others don’t have in that he has a victory recorded over the surface at Saratoga and he is based at the track, not shipping in.

You’ll find Good Samaritan at a price of about 4/1 right now with most major bookmakers.

You’ll also find another strong contender in McCraken - he was a popular Derby Trail horse and had a rather disappointing run in the Kentucky Derby - which must have been frustrating to bettors since he had gone off at a rather short price on the day at Churchill Downs.

There is plenty to like about his ability to move forward and he followed up his Derby disappointment with a win in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes and then a close second in the Haskell Invitational. Look for him around 9/2 or 5/1.

Girvin was another popular contender who simply wasn’t able to muster up the performance that many expected of him in the Kentucky Derby. He was a tame thirteenth place on the day but was ultimately able to come back and win the Haskell Invitational - commonly referred to as the Mid-Summer Derby - just a month ago, while looking really good doing it.

Girvin trades around a 13/2 margin right now with several top bookmakers and it’s worth looking at his ability to pull off another great performance here. But one has to wonder how he will do against fresh horses.


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