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West Coast invades East to win Travers for Baffert


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) West Coast invaded the East to win the $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga against all three winners of this year’s Triple Crown races.

Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, West Coast paid $14.20, $7.60 and $5.30 on Saturday.

Gunnevera was second and Irap was third. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, Preakness winner Cloud Computing, and Belmont winner Tapwrit finished out of the money in the 12-horse field.

West Coast didn’t race as a 2-year-old and didn’t run in this year’s Triple Crown series. But the 3-year-old colt has won four of six starts in 2017, including four in a row.

Smith and Baffert won last year’s Travers with Arrogate, who broke a 37-year-old track record and won by 13 1/2 lengths.

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