Favored Alphia and long-shot Golden Ticket win Travers Stakes in dead heatBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Aug 25, 2012 7:40 PM EDT
There's nothing more exciting than a photo finish in horse racing. Until Saturday, that is. After 142 prior runnings of the Travers Stakes, Saturday's 143rd edition ended up in one of the rarest showings in horse racing: a dead heat. For those unfamiliar with the term, it was a dead-even tie at the finish wire. As a result, instead of one clear-cut winner, there were co-winners as Alpha and long-shot Golden Ticket finished nose to nose in the $1 million featured race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Alpha was the favorite going into the race at 5-2 odds, while Golden Ticket was a 20-1 longshot -- but those odds grew further apart at post time, as Alpha's odds tightened to 2-1 while Golden Ticket's odds increased to 33-1. As the race progressed, Golden Ticket showed a surprisingly strong kick down the stretch and appeared ready to pull off a major upset in an 11-horse field, all 3-year-olds. But showing why it came into the Grade 1 race as the favorite, Alpha rallied down the frontstretch and pulled even with Golden Ticket just before the finish line. Alpha paid $4.10 for the co-win, while Golden Ticket paid a stout $26.80 for its share of the win, as well.
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