Bayern favored in $1.25M Travers at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The 145th running of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course is set for Saturday, with the speedy Bayern a 2-to-1 favorite.

Bayern is trained by Bob Baffert and was impressive in winning the $1 million Haskell Invitational in his most recent start. But the 3-year-old colt will face strong competition in the 1 1/4-mile Mid-Summer Derby. Bayern ran into early traffic trouble in the Preakness, never getting into the race and finishing ninth.

Bayern and jockey Martin Garcia will break from post two in a 10-horse field that includes fellow Grade 1 winners Tonalist, Wicked Strong and Mr Speaker.

Tonalist is the 3-1 second choice in the morning line, followed by Wicked Strong at 7-2. All horses carry 126 pounds.