Travers Stakes Day program, 1930

Aug 24th 2011 10:22 pm |

On Saturday August 16th 1930, visitors to Saratoga Race Track who plunked down ten cents at the program stand would have seen this:

Cover of the 1930 Travers Day program at Saratoga Race Course

The 5th race (on page 10) was the 61st Travers Stakes

The entries for the 1930 Travers Stakes

Many thanks to Ron Micetic for digitizing his copy of the program seen here. If you have historic racing programs that you are looking to sell, contact me ( and I will put you in touch with Ron.

Another post coming later on the 1963 Travers Stakes…

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2 Responses to “Travers Stakes Day program, 1930”

  1. T.J. Connick says:

    Note the H.P. Whitney colors on Whichone. Few are the Jockey Club-registered colors with the single-color jacket, evocative of the early days of owner-identifying colors. It was in the closing days of the previous century that William C. Whitney — father to H.P. Whitney — purchased the colors for his runners in Britain. I understand that the colors were introduced to America by Whitney.

    Upon the elder Whitney’s passing, the colors reverted to their previous owner, George Lambton, but in the United States were retained for the Whitney contingent campaigned by his son.

    With H.P. Whitney’s death, the colors passed in turn to his own son, C.V. (“Sonny”) Whitney. Pictures of proud horses under the colors have been snapped in winner’s circles for a mighty long time. When C.V. Whitney died, the colors passed to his nephew, grandson of H.P. Whitney, great-grandson of William C. Whitney, Leverett S Miller.

    Unless some disposition has been made of late, the colors remain with Miller, whose activities as owner have always been but a muted echo of the glories of bygone Whitney days. In addition to holding office in the Jockey Club and the Breeders’ Cup, Miller’s racing has brought him less fame than his Florida breeding activity. He has produced many fine runners, but most sported another’s colors when getting their picture taken. Regarding his own runners, and taking 2002 as an example, his horses ran up a 56-11-9-7 record, earning $312,645.

    If I’m correct, the Light Blue, Brown Cap, with first U.S. exposure just before 1900 in places like Sheepshead Bay and Morris Park, were still to be glimpsed here and there at the opening of the 21st century. The continuous association of the rare single-color jacket with a single racing family has enjoyed a remarkable run, much of it at the very top of the game.