Posted at: 08/21/2013 3:04 PM
Updated at: 08/21/2013 3:10 PM
By: Chris Onorato
With Travers week upon us, this will be the 144th running of the Midsummer Derby--the marquee race at Saratoga that certainly has not disappointed over the years.
That was last year between Alpha and Golden Ticket, only the second dead heat in Travers history and first since 1874.
It was a Travers Stakes that helped Saratoga earn the nickname "Graveyard of Champions." in 1930...100 to 1 longshot Jim Dandy beat Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox.
32 years after that stunning Jim Dandy win, Saratoga's racing days were on life support.
In 1957, with the threat to move all summer racing to aqueduct---Governor Harriman signed into law 24 exclusive days of racing at the Spa, known as the Harriman Bill.
That bill served as the springboard to what is now the best meet in the country at a race course where the word "upset" was added to the English Lexicon.
In the 1913 Sanford Stakes, a horse named Upset beat the great Man O' War.