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WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL FLOWER OF THE TRAVERS STAKES (GI)?
Flowers have been associated with the races run for 3-year-olds each year. The Kentucky Derby is
Famous for presenting the winner with a blanket of roses. The Preakness Stakes presents the winner
with a replica of the Maryland state flower, the Black-eyed Susan. However, since the that flower does
not bloom until late summer, the Preakness Stakes uses yellow daisies which have their center painted
black to resemble a Black-eyed Susan. The Belmont Stakes follows the floral tradition by presenting the
winner with a blanket of white carnations. Since carnation are white, as well, as red the winner of the
Travers will be given a blanket of red and white carnations to reflect the official colors of the Saratoga