Can we say the Breeders’ Cup Season is officially underway? I guess so!
This weekend is the Whitney Invitational Handicap- G1 at Saratoga, one of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races and the kick off for fantasy handicapping. Now I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but I haven’t posted much at all this summer- well that’s because I kind of wanted to relax and enjoy the vicious beauty of watching Calder and Gulfstream go at each other. Now that the races for the Breeders’ Cup are underway, I think it’s about time to get this site up and running again! So let’s take a look at this weekend’s race:
Picks & Analysis
Whitney Invitational Handicap - Grade I. Breeders’ Cup Win And You’re In.
This race is for 3 year olds and up.
Win: #3 Fort Larned
Place & Show: #1 Successful Dan, #5 Ron the Greek
Fort Larned - Defending Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion and Whitney Handicap Champion, this colt attempts to capture another win in this race. And I think he’s got the winning formula. He’s only raced 3 times this year, the first one was at Gulfstream Park for the Grade 2 GPHandicap where he unseated his rider and went on to win anyway, but that obviously doesn’t count. Second was a Grade 2 at Oaklawn where he failed to perform and flopped into fifth. His most recent race was mid June at Churchill Downs where he won a Grade 1 against fellow runner Ron the Greek. The distance of that race matches his race for this weekend, 1 1/8 miles. His recent workouts have been very sharp and have shown a pattern of increasing speed, I’d say he’s set to step up and repeat the same style he showed in his most recent start at CD.
Successful Dan - Half brother to reigning horse of the year, Wise Dan, this pony will try to live up to his name with a start from the rail. His most recent workouts have been quite sharp, indicating his willingness to perform this weekend. He’ll have a few setbacks to overcome, primarily starting from the 1 post and typically having a running style that is a little bumpy. His best advantage would be to work off of a slow pace, but if Fort Larned steps up a slow pace will be all but out of the picture.
Ron the Greek - This guy right here has faced my first place pick multiple times in the past, typically getting beaten out at the end. He’s fallen in the money in the past two races, Grade I & II stakes. His best Bris speed fig is in the slop at Gulfstream Park back in January. He’ll be stalking in the back majority of the race until he has an opportunity to make his move in the far turn. He’ll definitely have to pull an incredible move or get really lucky to get the win, but I’m seeing him finishing right in the third spot.
Eyes on: #2 Mucho Macho Man & #4 Cross Traffic
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Don’t forget, this race is going national. You can catch it on your picture box, formally known as a Television, on NBC starting at 5 O’Clock EST.
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Good luck to everyone this weekend!