Breeders Cup Saturday of Saratoga on horse racing’s greatest day. – Sports Talk Florida

Winner of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1). Life is good and winner of the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2). Olympics Headlining the news is the $1M 1-1/8 mile Whitney Stakes (G1) at the historic Saratoga Race Course, while the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series continues live this Saturday on NBC and Peacock at 5:00 p.m. ET with an automatic starting position for the US$6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at stake.

The Whitney Stakes is the fourth program this year in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by America’s Best Racing on NBC, Peacock and CNBC from some of North America’s most iconic racetracks. The series runs until April 39th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky November 4-5. The full television schedule for the series can be accessed here and the NBC Sports schedule can be found here.

Saturday’s live coverage from Saratoga Springs, NY will also include the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (G1) for 3-year-old fillies.

NBC Sports coverage will include commentary and discussion led by the moderator Britney Eurotonanalyst Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry BaileyWinner of 15 Breeders’ Cup races, including five wins in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, reporter Nick luckyand handicap Eddie Olczyk.

Morning line favorite Life Is Good, a 4-year-old colt owned and trained by CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC death plecherShe has won seven out of nine starts. He won the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) in Del Mar last year and opened this year with a loss go curtsy, winner of last year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, by 3 ¼ lengths at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in January. After finishing fourth at the Dubai World Cup (G1) in March, Life Is Good conquered the 7-meter John A. Nerud Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on July 2 by 5 lengths. Life Is Good is ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. from post six.

The Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable, LLC and LNJ Foxwoods Olympiad, second pick 2-1, are unbeaten in five starts this year. He won his last two races at Churchill Downs and took over the Alysheba Stakes (G2). Happy saverand automatically secured a spot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic on July 2 when he won the 1/8 mile Stephen Foster Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths American Revolution.

Olympiad is coached by Bill Mottwho has applied cigar to a 10-win unbeaten season in 1995, culminating in a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Mott also helped win the Breeders’ Cup Classic Drosselmeyer in 2011. Olympiad is ridden by Junior Alvarado from post four.

Boat Racing, LLC, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing and William Strauss’ 4-year-old Hot Rod Charlie will be making his Saratoga debut. Trained by Doug O’NeillHot Rod Charlie, who won last year’s Pennsylvania Derby (G1), finished second at this year’s Dubai World Cup and finished second at the Salvator Mile (G2) at Monmouth Park on June 18th. Hot Rod Charlie will be ridden for his fifth career win Flavien Prat from post two.

Pletcher has two other starters for Whitney in CHC Inc. and Americanrevolution by WinStar Farm LLC, and Happy Saver by Wertheimer and Frere. 4-year-old Americanrevolution, winner of last year’s Cigar Mile (G1), has won five out of nine starts. Americanrevolution finished fourth in the Listed Blame Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 4 before finishing second in Stephen Foster. Luis Saez has the mount and breaks off from post one.

2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Happy Saver is aiming for his first win this year. After his second place in the Alysheba, the 5-year-old trailed behind in second airlinethe highest scored horse in the latest Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic standings, at the Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park on 11 June. John Velazquez has the mount on Happy Saver and breaks from post two.

Gary Barbier‘s 6-year-old gelding zoomers enters a Class 1 company for the first time. A son of the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner curlingZoomer captured a 1 1/8 mile race at Saratoga on July 17 by 7 lengths. Trained by Markus KasseZoomer is ridden by from post three Joel Rosario.

As part of the Challenge Series benefits, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for the Whitney winner to enter the World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup will also award a travel allowance of US$10,000 to all competitors who are based outside of Kentucky to attend the World Championships.

Over the years, the Whitney and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic have had a strong connection. Six Whitney winners also won the Classic that same year: Great again (1998), intruder (ARG) (2006), fault (2010), Fort Larned (2012), Gunrunner (2017) and go curtsy (2021).

In the 7 Furlong Longines Test Stakes, Godolphin’s Matareya is the prohibitive favorite with four wins in four starts this year. Trained by Brad CoxMatareya comes into the Test on June 11 with a 6 ¼ long win in the 1-mile Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Michael Dubb and Michael J Caruso Hot peppers has won five of six starts this year, including the Victory Ride (G3) at Belmont on July 9 for coaches Rudy Rodriguez.


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