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Sunday, August 26, 2001



TRAVERS BELONGS TO GIVEN




America's star three-year-old Point Given added the 132nd renewal of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes to his portfolio of big race wins at Saratoga in New York on Saturday night.


The Thoroughbred Corporation's colt, who is trained by Bob Baffert, has landed this season's Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes and, partnered by Gary Stevens, last night swept to a three and a half lengths victory from Godolphin's E Dubai.


Baffert, saddling his first Travers runner, said: "Coming off the Triple Crown road, it shows you how tough and durable this horse is. He just keeps amazing me. I've never seen anything like it. Tomorrow, I could put him in the gate and he could probably run the same race. That's how tough and durable he is.


"He does things so much easier than horses I've had in the past. There's no telling how good he'll get. I think he will get better with age."

E Dubai was stepping up to ten furlongs for the first time and Tom Albertrani, Godolphin's assistant trainer, said: "Point Given headed us 3/16ths out and got the better of us but our horse ran a very game race.


"If you take the winner out you would say that he got a mile and a quarter well but he may be better dropping back to nine furlongs."

E Dubai's jockey Jerry Bailey added: "My horse ran a huge race. We gave Point Given a good battle but he's an awesome horse and proved to be best."


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