After saddling in Saratoga’s paddock, every runner must walk this peaceful, leafy path to the racetrack. Lined on both sides with ardent fans and veteran handicappers, this slender chute forces the riders into single-file and provides a last look as they make their way to the starting gate. As these two beautiful horses and their riders walked to the track for the 139th running of Saratoga’s Travers Stakes, it was not at all evident that less than an inch would separate them at the finish. Jockey Garrett Gomez on WinStar Farm’s Colonel John held off the hard-charging Mambo in Seattle in a duel that had 40,723 people standing at their seats. It was the perfect August day and the perfect Travers race.