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Terrific Woodward field tops the final week at the Spa

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 at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and upward on Saturday. Cross TrafficSuccessful DanMucho Macho Man, Ron the GreekFort Larned, and Alpha, the respective top six finishers from the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap, are all expected to compete in the Woodward, as are Flat Out and Paynter, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes.


Older sprinters will compete on the Woodward undercard in the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego at seven furlongs. Probables include Fast BulletGolddigger’s BoyJackson BendJustin PhillipLeaSage Valley, and Saratoga SnacksJake N Elwood and Strapping Groom are possible.


Turf horses will travel 1 1/16 miles on Saturday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap, and the race is expected to draw Paris VegasSilver MaxSo Long GeorgeTetradrachmTurallureWillcox Inn, and Za Approval.


Bahnah and Brazen Persuasion, who dead-heated for the win in the Grade 3 Schuylerville on opening day, will have a rematch in Sunday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway. Also expected for the seven-furlong Spinaway are Dancing HouseDesigner LegsStopchargingmariaSweet ReasonSweet Whiskey, and True Blue Nation.


Saratoga also will conduct the Grade 3, $150,000 Saranac at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds on Sunday. Are You Kidding MeChannel IsleCharming KittenFavor FactorFive IronInfinite MagicJohaNotacatbutallama, and Tattenham are probable. Frac Daddy is possible.


The Grade 1, $300,000 Hopeful tops Monday’s card, the meet’s final day. Another rematch is in the works as Grade 2 Saratoga Special top two finishers Corfu and Wired Bryan are expected for the seven-furlong race. All in BlueBig Sugar SodaCasiguapoLong On ValueLunarwarfare, and Southern Blessing also are probable. King Cyrus is possible.


Closing day also will include the Grade 3, $150,000 Glens Falls for fillies and mares on the turf. Angel TerraceAnjazLayali DubaiMinakshiMystical StarStrathnaverTannery, and White Rose are probable for the 1 3/8-mile event. Heart of Destiny is possible.



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Thiis is the best Woodward field for many years.
I am picking Mucho Macho Man also. LONG over due for a G1!
I agree lets have more 1 1/4 races. im pulling for mucho macho man to win his 1st grade 1, long overdue.
The Woodward should be changed BACK to 1 1/4 miles like it used to be at one time. Anyway, the race should be awesome whomever wins. I am pulling for Paynter. I really don't think he's overmatched.
I, like anyone who has a heart, hopes Paynter wins but I just think he will be overmatched. A lot of phenomenal horses going to this race. It will for sure be a good one
Lea in the Forego? Now that's a bizarre scenario.
Like I said in a previous comment, Bob Baffert would have to give Paynter at least 2 starts before The Breeder's Cup and get him on dirt. Looks like he's pointing that way after the San Diego Handicap, now possible for Woodward this saturday at "The Spa".
The Woodward is just the Whitney part 2, what is the point of having two Grade One races for older horses at 1 1/8 miles? The Woodward should be changed to 1 1/4 miles.

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