One of the most prestigious races in horse racing takes place on Saturday when 12 horses enter the starting gate for the 2019 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Tacitus is the 5-2 favorite. Post time for the 150th running of the 1 1/4-mile race is 5:44 p.m. ET.
Before making any 2019 Travers Stakes picks, you need to see what Hammerin' Hank Goldberg has to say.
The former horse racing analyst for ESPN and NBC, Goldberg became a legendary handicapper by going straight to the source. In 2004, he had dinner before the Belmont Stakes with trainer Nick Zito at a pizzeria in Queens. The dinner led Goldberg to play Zito's 36-1 monster long shot Birdstone to win and on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets. If you had laid $300 on Goldberg's Belmont plays, you would have cashed for more than $21,000.
Goldberg got 2019 off to a strong start by nailing the Pegasus World Cup, the richest horse race in North America. He also nailed the exacta at the Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Anyone who has followed Goldberg's lead is WAY up.
Now, the horse racing legend has locked in his 2019 Travers Stakes picks.
We can tell you that Goldberg is fading Tax, one of the top favorites at 6-1. In fact, Hammer says Tax doesn't even hit the board. He drew the far outside post, No. 12, for the Travers. From that wide post, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. will have to hurry Tax out of the gate to get his preferred near-the-pace trip.
Instead, Goldberg is high on a double-digit long shot to make a strong run at the title. He's including this horse in his exactas, trifectas and superfectas and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see which horse it is before making your picks.
So what are Hammerin' Hank Goldberg's 2019 Travers Stakes picks? And which double-digit long shot is a must-back? ... Join SportsLine right now to see which horses to back at the 2019 Travers Stakes, all from the handicapping legend who has nailed countless big-time races!