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Saratoga Weekend: Travers history dates to 1864

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When racing fans line up at the rail or sit in the grandstand to watch the Travers Stakes on Saturday, they'll be participating in a tradition that dates from the Civil War, a time when people relied on horses for transportation and not just for sport. The Travers is the oldest major feature in all of American spectator sports, having its first running on Aug. 2, 1864, the first day — and the first race ...

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