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Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, after winning the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
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Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, after winning the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

Travers Day 2021 was held Saturday, Aug. 28, at Saratoga Race Course. Photos by The Daily Gazette’s Erica Miller and Stan Hudy.

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Downtown scene on Caroline Street after Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course.

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Life is Good, trained by Todd Pletcher, in the paddock for the Grade I Allen Jerkens Stakes.

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Essential Quality after winning the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes.

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Yaupon (right), ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, passes Firenze Fire ridden by Jose Ortiz, to win the Grade I Forego on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course.

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Letruska, trained by Fausto Gutierrez, enters the paddock for the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes.

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, beside husband (right) Bill Hochul, in the chairman’s box seat watching the Grade I Sword Dancer on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs.

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Kurt Atkins, of South Glens Falls, reads his program on the backstretch before the 6th race.

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Two Mikes, Michael Duncan, left, and Mike Pesarchick, both of Auburn, are staked out in front of the clubhouse stands under an umbrella.

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Downtown scene on Caroline Street after Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Royal Flag, trained by Chad Brown, enters the paddock for the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes on Travers Day.

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Essential Quality (front), ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, wins the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Jackie’s Warrior, ridden by Joel Rosario (shown high-fiving Chandler Carter), trained by Steve Asmussen, after winning the Grade I Allen Jerkens Stakes.

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Letruska, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., trained by Fausto Gutierrez, wins the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, beside husband (right) Bill Hochul, in the chairman’s box seat watching the Grade I Sword Dancer on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Amy Johnson and Chance Bushman, both of New Orleans, dance for Red Hot Feet Warmers band on the backstretch on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Charles Beausoleil of Lisbon, Connecticut, stationed in the shade near the clubhouse entrance at Saratoga Race Course making his selections on Saturday, Travers Day 2021. Aug. 28, 2021.

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Downtown scene on Caroline Street after Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Swiss Skydiver, trained by Kenny McPeek in the paddock for the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Essential Quality (front), ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, wins the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes.

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Jackie’s Warrior (right), ridden by Joel Rosario, trained by Steve Asmussen, wins the Grade I Allen Jerkens Stakes on Travers Day.

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Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, after winning the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Gamine, ridden by John Velazquez, trained by Bob Baffert, wins the Grade I Ballerina.

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Shane Still, of Saratoga Springs, cheers for his horse in the Ballerina Stakes.

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Peggy Renehan of Ballston Lake checks her phone after securing an open area for 12-15 friends who will arrive later at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, Travers Day 2021.

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Downtown scene on Caroline Street after Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Lake Avenue, trained by Bill Mott, enters the paddock for the Grade I Ballerina Stakes on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course.

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Essential Quality (front), ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, wins the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes.

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Jackie’s Warrior, ridden by Joel Rosario, trained by Steve Asmussen, enters track for the Grade I Allen Jerkens Stakes on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Letruska, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., trained by Fausto Gutierrez, wins the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Gamine, ridden by John Velazquez, trained by Bob Baffert, wins the Grade I Ballerina.

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Ken Polubinski, of Ballston Spa (left), and Jim Marszalek, of West Warwick, Rhode Island, read their program on the backstretch before the 6th race from the apron on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Downtown scene outside Solevo on Phila Street after Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Essential Quality trainer Brad Cox after winning the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, wins the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Jackie’s Warrior trainer Steve Asmussen celebrates with family after winning the Grade I Allen Jerkens Stakes on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs.

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Letruska, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., trained by Fausto Gutierrez, wins the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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Gamine, trained by Bob Baffert, before the Grade I Ballerina on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Patrons before the 5th race on the apron on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Joan Rosenstock, of NYC, watches the Ballerina Stakes.

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Gamine, ridden by John Velazquez, trained by Bob Baffert, wins the Grade I Ballerina.

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, beside husband (right) Bill Hochul, in the chairman’s box seat watching the Grade I Sword Dancer on Travers Day.

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Jackie’s Warrior, trained by Steve Asmussen, before the Grade I Allen Jerkens Stakes on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Yaupon, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, after winning the Grade I Forego.

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The winner’s circle following Essential Quality’s win in the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Midnight Bourbon, ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, enters the track for the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Masqueparade, ridden by Miguel Mens, trained by Al Stall, enters the track for the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

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Connectinos celebrate after Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, won the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Yaupon (right), ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, as Firenze Fire ridden by Jose Ortiz tries to bite him, wins the Grade I Forego on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Letruska, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., trained by Fausto Gutierrez, wins the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes.

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Jackie’s Warrior, right, ridden by Joel Rosario, trained by Steve Asmussen, wins the Grade I Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Patrons watch the 5th race from the apron on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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The “Toga Football League” makes picks and discuss trades during the group’s annual Travers Day NFL fantasy draft at the top of the stretch at Saratoga Race Course. Aug. 28, 2021.

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Joe Piraino of Syracuse stands on top of a secured picnic table waving to his brother while directing him on the phone at Saratoga Race Course Saturday morning, Travers Day 2021. Aug. 28, 2021.

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Patrons on the 1863 rail before the Grade I Forego on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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A patron watches the horses enter the track for the Grade I Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Letruska’s trainer Fausto Gutierrez smiles after winning the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Yaupon, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, enters the track for the Grade I Forego.

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Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, after winning the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes.

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Miles D, ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Chad Brown, enters the track for the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes.

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Keepmeinmind enters the track for the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Essential Quality, ridden by Luis Saez, trained by Brad Cox, after winning the Grade I 152nd running of Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Yaupon (right), ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., trained by Steve Asmussen, passes Firenze Fire ridden by Jose Ortiz, wins the Grade I Forego on Travers Day.

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Letruska, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., trained by Fausto Gutierrez, after winning the Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes.

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Gamine, ridden by John Velazquez, trained by Bob Baffert, after winning the Grade I Ballerina on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

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Patrons watch the 5th race from the apron on Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course.

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Joseph Rafferty of Saratoga Springs spreads out a pink tablecloth on one of the six picnic tables he claimed with a friend for the expected group of 40 college friends to sit at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday for Travers Day 2021. Aug. 28, 2021.

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