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Good Magic the favorite for Travers Stakes

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who was fourth in the Preakness, is the favorite for Saturday’s $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

A field of 11 was entered Tuesday for the 149th edition of the 1 1/4-mile Midsummer Derby, the longest running major race in the country.

Good Magic, trained by Chad Brown, drew the No. 9 post position and was listed as the 2-1 favorite, just ahead of Gronkowski, also trained by Brown. Wonder Gadot, the first filly entered in the Travers since 1979, was the third choice at 5-1.

The Travers field from the rail out with jockeys and odds is: Trigger Warning, Irwin Rosendo, 30-1; Wonder Gadot, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-1; Gronkowski, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Bravazo, Luis Saez, 12-1; Vino Rosso, John Velazquez, 10-1; Meistermind, Manny Franco, 30-1; King Zachary, Robbie Albarado, 15-1; Mendelssohn, Ryan Moore, 12-1; Good Magic, Jose Ortiz, 2-1; Tenfold, Ricardo Santana Jr., 8-1; and Catholic Boy, Javier Castellano, 8-1.

Santa Anita cancels racing after heavy rain inundates track

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card because of wet weather after 3+ inches of rain dropped on the Southern California racetrack in three days.

Officials at the track in Arcadia say heavy overnight rains and more rain throughout the day Thursday made it necessary to cancel. They say the track will make every effort to reschedule the races in the immediate future.

Track superintendent Andy LaRocco says an additional 2 inches of rain was forecast for Thursday.

Live racing will resume on Friday with eight races.

Kentucky Derby purse up to $3 million

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby’s purse will be raised to $3 million this May, an increase of $1 million and the first boost in 14 years.

Churchill Downs said Thursday the winner of the 145th running will receive $1.86 million. The runner-up will earn $600,000, with third place worth $300,000, fourth place $150,000 and fifth place $90,000.

The Derby purse had been $2 million since 2005 and $1 million from 1996-2004.

Track President Kevin Flanery attributes the increase to more bettors using historical racing machines – the electronic form of parimutuel betting – at a recently opened facility near the track.

The second and third legs of the Triple Crown offer total purses of $1.5 million in the Preakness and Belmont stakes.

The purse for the Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on May 3 was raised by $250,000 to $1.25 million. It had been worth $1 million since 2011 and was worth $500,000 from 1996-2010.

Churchill Downs also increased purses for some races on the Derby Day undercard on May 4.