Pletcher will saddle 3 at Whitney on Saturday

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Hall of Fame coach Todd Pletcher has three chances to win his fourth Grade 1 Whitney when he saddles Life is good, American Revolution and Happy saver in the $1 million 9-furlong test for older horses on Saturday. The 95th edition of the Whitney offers a ‘win and you’re in’ place for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic in Keeneland in November.

Life Is Good, a 4-year-old Into Mischief Bay, boasts a record of 9-7-1-0 and grossed over $3.5 million. He achieved Grade 1 wins at November’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in Del Mar and January’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park.

Owned by CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm, Life Is Good competes after winning the John A. Nerud (G2) July 2 at Belmont. Under practice rider Amelia Green, he sped a half mile down the main course in 48:25 on Saturday.

“He was his normal impressive self,” Pletcher said.

Americanrevolution, a New York bred son of Constitution, conquered the Grade 1 Cigar Mile handicap at the Aqueduct Racetrack in December. He has posted four triple-digit Beyer speed numbers in his last five starts, including a 108 for his second place finish at the Whitney rivals Olympiad, held at Churchill Downs on July 2 in Class 2 by Stephen Foster (G2).

Also owned by CHC and WinStar, he worked in partnership with Happy Saver on the Saratoga mainline on Saturday, completing a half-mile in 49.75.

“I thought it was going well and we were very happy with the breeze,” Pletcher said.

Happy, a homebred dog owned by Wertheimer and Frere, boasts a ledger of 10-5-4-1 for a pocket win of $988,300. He won the 2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont and finished second in his title defense against Max Player at Saratoga last year.

Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride Life Is Good and Luis Saez will keep the horse on Americanrevolution. A driver for Happy Saver, most recently piloted by Ortiz, has yet to be determined.

Whisper Hill Farm’s Charge It whizzed a half-mile down the mainline of Saratoga in its first breeze Saturday in 49.06 back after a 23-length victory in the 1-mile Dwyer (G3) on July 2 at Belmont.

Pletcher said he was pleased with the effort as he set up the Tapit gray for the $1.25 million Travers (G1) Aug. 27 at Spa.

“We’re excited. We’re right on schedule,” Pletcher said. “We wanted to do four breezes like we did before the Dwyer and the first one went really well. We’ll be doing a little bit more over the next few weeks. So far, so good.”

Repole Stable’s Fearless posted a 3/4 result in the 1 3/4 mile birdstone Thursday in Saratoga. The 6-year-old Ghostzapper gelding rallied strongly down the rail to secure a narrow win on a good main course that was drenched by intermittent showers.

“I don’t think he liked it out there at all. We had this downpour and the track was a little bit fun and pretty much won it on sheer guts,” Pletcher said.

Pletcher said millionaire Bay left the race in good shape and would consider returning him on September 24 at 12 stadia in Parx for the Greenwood Cup (G3).

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