A field of five millionaires will make up a talented group of older horses for the 93rd running of Saturday’s $750,000 Whitney Stakes (G1) going 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga Race Course.
The winner of the Whitney will receive an automatic position in the $7 million Breeders’ Cup Longines Classic (G1) this fall at Keeneland. And while this year’s Whitney field may be small, it features two of the top contenders for the Classic, Tom’s d’Etat and Code of Honor.
Trained by Al Stall, Jr. , Tom’s d’Etat enters the Whitney off four wins in a row, including graded stakes wins in the Fayette Stakes (G2) on October 26 at Keeneland, the Clark Stakes (G1) on November 29 at Churchill Downs, and the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) on June 27 at Churchill Downs.
“I can tell in the couple weeks he’s been here, his hair is great and his eye is just what you want and it seems like he knows just where he is,” Stall, Jr said. “He’s been here at 3, 4 and 6. He took off just one year and this will be his fourth year here and he seems to know his way around.”
Trying to pull off the upset will be last year’s Runhappy Travers (G1) winner Code of Honor. Trained by Hall of Famer and three-time Whitney-winner Shug McGaughey, Code of Honor will attempt to become the first horse to capture the Travers, Jockey Club Gold Cup and Whitney in a career since Easy Goer.
“Two turns going a mile and an eighth is what he wants to do,” said McGaughey, whose other Whitney victors include champions Personal Ensign (1988) and Honor Code (2015). “I do think that last year, the [Grade 3] Dwyer [going one turn at Belmont Park] was one of his better races. But now that he’s gotten older, and gotten stretched out, two turns going a mile and an eighth to a mile and a quarter is where he’ll run his better races.”
Who’s the winner? Keep reading.
This 10-page Inside Track to the Whitney Stakes wagering guide gives you an inside look at the five stakes races running at Saratoga on August 1, 2020, including the $750,000 Whitney Stakes (G1). The Whitney is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series event for the Longines Classic.
But that’s not all! Along with the five major stakes races, this Inside Track to the Whitney Stakes wagering guide also includes race-by-race analysis and betting suggestions for Saratoga’s entire Saturday card.
The Racing Dudes have been at it for over 9 years, offering daily handicapping picks and analysis for every track across the country. For this year’s Inside Track to the Whitney Stakes, our lead handicappers have been scouring through the card at Saratoga in search of winning tickets on this loaded day of racing.
Along with the Whitney, the other four stakes races Saturday at Saratoga are the the $500,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (G1), the $300,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1), the $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (G2), and the $200,000 Caress Stakes. The Personal Ensign is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series event for the Longines Distaff.
For each of the five stakes at Saratoga, you will find the following:
FULL RACE PREVIEWS FOR EACH RACE, including:
- Race Overview
- Race Shape and Pace Analysis
- Top Selections
- Major Threats
- Longshots to Use
You will also find specific wagering under the “Picks and Plays” section, which includes:
- Win Bet
- Place or Show Bet
- Longshot to Play Across the Board
- Horses to use in Multi-Race Wagers
- What to Play on a Straight Wager
- What to Play on an Exotic Wager
Each Win, Place, Show, or Across the Board wager comes with a confidence rating so that you can see how strongly we feel about each pick.
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