Stay Thirsty storms to victory in Travers

By the Associated Press | August 27, 2011 | 6:10 PM EDT

Racing fans watch horse racing prior to the start of the 142nd Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (AP Photo /Hans Pennink)

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Stay Thirsty has won the $1 million Travers Stakes to move to the head of the 3-year-old class, taking charge in the stretch and beating Rattlesnake Bridge by 1½ lengths.

Stay Thirsty's victory came a little more than 30 minutes after his stablemate, Uncle Mo, finished second by a nose in the King's Bishop.

Sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10, Stay Thirsty raced just off the pace set by Preakness winner Shackleford. But when the field turned for home, Stay Thirsty surged to the lead under Javier Castellano and easily fended off a challenge from Rattlesnake Bridge.

Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo are owned by Mike Repole and trained by Todd Pletcher.

Winning time for the 1¼ miles was 2:03.03. Long shot J W Blue was third.