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at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and upward on Saturday. Cross Traffic, Successful Dan, Mucho Macho Man, Ron the Greek, Fort 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 Bullet, Golddigger’s Boy, Jackson Bend, Justin Phillip, Lea, Sage Valley, and Saratoga Snacks. Jake 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 Vegas, Silver Max, So Long George, Tetradrachm, Turallure, Willcox 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 House, Designer Legs, Stopchargingmaria, Sweet Reason, Sweet 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 Me, Channel Isle, Charming Kitten, Favor Factor, Five Iron, Infinite Magic, Joha, Notacatbutallama, 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 Blue, Big Sugar Soda, Casiguapo, Long On Value, Lunarwarfare, 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 Terrace, Anjaz, Layali Dubai, Minakshi, Mystical Star, Strathnaver, Tannery, and White Rose are probable for the 1 3/8-mile event. Heart of Destiny is possible.