Katski was awarded victory in the $113,600 Travers Stakes at Saratoga today after Run Dusty Run, which crossed the finals line first, was disqualified and placed second.

Run Dusty Run apparently had shed his perennial runner-up tag when he outdueled Jatski in a stirring stretch duel and scored by a nose. A record crowd of 35,530 watched the 108th running of the nation's closest stakes race.

Run Dusty Run, which had finished second six times this year, including the Kentucky Dereby and Belmont Stakes, was ridden by Darrel McHargue. His mount was charged by the

Silver Series finished third in the fields of fourteen 3-year-old colts, 4 3/4 lenths behind Jatski.

Run Dusty Run's time for 1 1/4 miles was 2:01 this 1 2/3 seconds off the track mark set by Honest Pleasure in 1976. All carried 126 pounds.

Silver Series, with Larry Synder up, grabbed the lead at the start, lost it briefly to Run Dusty Run on the clubhouse turn, then held it until the mile mark. Jaski, ridden by Sam Maple, was lying third most of the way, then moved to second as front-running Run Dusty Run charged to the wire.

Jatski paid $8, $5 and $3.60 as the favorite. Run Dusty Run, a 5-to-1 shot, returned $5.20 and $3.60. Silver Series, the second choice, paid $3.60.

The victory was worth $68,160 to Jatski, boosting his career total to $256,386.

The Midwest invader, a Floridabred son of Jatullah Ski, registered his fifth straight triumph and his eight in 19 starts this year.

"He ran well off the pace and was relaxed." said Maple, who did not want to say anything until after the official decision. "He moved to the lead on the turn and then gave it a good run but had some trouble.

Run Dusty Run, which has not had a rest since the beginning of this year, came off his worst race of 1977 when he finished fourth in the Governor's Cup on July 30, behind Jatski. The Dust Commander colt was the lending money-winning 2-year-old last year with winnings of $268,241.

"He broke real well and held his position just off the leader," said McHargue. "We got to the front near the furlong pole and then it was a battle but he gave it his best."

Silver Series, which set the pace, still remained the second leading money winner among 3-year-olds to Seattle Slew with his third place finish.

Jatski was purchased for $8,000 last year when he won his only race. His previous triumphs this year included the Omaha Gold Cup and President's Cup at Ak-Sar-Ben and the Governor's Cup in Chicago.

Finishing fourth was Tacitus, a member if the mutuel field and an 13-to-1 shot, which was 1 1/4 lengths behind Silver Series.

Completing the order of finish were Bailjumper, Giboulee Proud Arion, Affiliate, Don Sebastian, Iron Constitution, Music of Time, Baldski, Western Wind and Bill Brill.

Thefractions for the race were 23 1/3 for the quarter, 46 2/3 for the half, 1:10 1/3 for six furlongs and 1:35 2/3 for the mile.

Sanhedrin, which popped a splint, and Catalan were scratched.

The previous record crowd was 32,568 in 1975.