WestCoastleadsallthewayinTravers

August27,20175:30pm。

byAAP

TheBobBaffert-trainedWestCoasthasledallthewaytowintheGroupOneTraversStakesatSaratogawhichfeaturedallthreeTripleCrownwinners。

RiddenbyMikeSmith,WestCoastbeatGunnevaraby3-1/4lengthstoearnanautomaticberthintheBreedersCupClassicatDelMarinNovember。

BelmontStakeswinnerTapwritfinishedfourth,PreaknessStakeswinnerCloudComputingwaseighth,andKentuckyDerbychampionAlwaysDreamingwasninthinthe12-horsefield。

WestCoastdidntraceasatwo-year-oldanddidnotruninthisyearsTripleCrownseries。

Butthethree-year-oldcolthaswonfourofsixstartsin2017,includingfourinarow。

WhenBobtextedmebeforetheracehesaid,Listen,heisyours,youridehimhoweveryouwant,Smithsaid。

SothatkindofmademethinkIcouldgetalittleaggressivewithhim,andthatiswhatIwantedtodowithnopaceintherace。

SmithandBaffertwonlastyearsTraverswithArrogate,whobrokea37-year-oldtrackrecordandwonby13-1/2lengths。