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2012 Whitney Handicap (G1)

Date/Track:
Post Time:
5:45 PM ET
Distance:
1 1/8 m (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3+ M
Time:
1:47.76

What the Nation is saying about the 2012 Whitney Handicap (G1)...

After a four-month freshening, the 2012 Breeder's Cup Classic winner will make his highly anticipated return to the races in Saturday's Gulfstream Park Handicap.Read More
In my opinion, there is one “utility player” currently in training today that stands head and shoulders above his peers. The only horse to win a graded stakes race at both six and nine furlongs in 2012 was Caixa Eletronica. Read More
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  • ashley.tamulonis · His Charles Town Classic win shocked me. When handicapping that race, I threw him out because I considered him to be more of a sprinter. Boy was I wrong! · 494 days ago ·
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  • Buckpasser · I've always liked this horse. We called them useful horses who raced a long time gave their all no matter what and many times if the circumstances were right could win the big one. Pity is that there are not enough of these guys racing. · 494 days ago ·
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Was 2012 a year of disappointment? Was it a year where the depth of divisions was so lacking that a Turf Miler would be named Horse of the Year, Turf Champion, and Champion Older Male? Or was 2012 a year with such an outstanding group of horses, that it took one so brilliant, so versatile, and so ta...Read More
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  • dani.pugh · Just because a turf miler is named HOTY doesn't mean a weak older male division. If the times of the races were sub par and the numbers were way down, I could see it but that was far from the case. The numbers that the older males threw were higher than numbers we have seen in recent years. Times were just as good if not better for that group. Just because one did not establish themselves doesn't mean it was a bad bunch. That could just as well me the group all around was talent and full of depth. It wasn't like a longshot beat the favorite. The horses that won were already well respected. RTG had a very consistent year, as did Fort Larned, MMM, and Flat Out. The Whitney, FO, FL, and RTG went 123. Look at their records, you see they run consistently fast. They were evenly matched, but also one of the best groups of older males we have seen in a long time. Times and numbers say that. · 534 days ago ·
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  • cocoa2 · "Just because a turf miler is named HOTY doesn't mean a weak older male division." LIKE · 534 days ago ·
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It's time for the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic winner to get the respect he deserves.Read More
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  • jmcleav · I have gained a new insight when I realized his 2nd dam is Bayakoa. In my mind that makes him special indeed. · 605 days ago ·
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  • travel_vic · too little too late, but I have to agree on the quality of performance in the Whtiney · 605 days ago ·
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Just because the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic will be an evenly matched field does not mean it is weak.Read More
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  • kay.robinett · Mary, I think I saw somewhere that Golden Ticket will be running. He's been working towards the race at Keeneland. I am not sure about Alpha. · 628 days ago ·
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  • dani.pugh · I believe alpha has been committed as well · 628 days ago ·
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Trainer Charles Lopresti loaded his multiple Graded 2 stakes winner Successful Dan onto a van Saturday morning, bound for Lexington, Ky., and an appointment with Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Read More
The older male division is a deeply contested one, but there is one horse that stands out. His name is Ron the Greek.Read More
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  • icyhotboo · dani.pugh, I love RTG and WD but as you pointed out it's his tactical speed that will give FL the edge. Of course having that edge is not a guarantee of anything but I'm really excited over what I perceive as an extradinary group of older horses that hasn't been seen for a while from my perspective anyway. · 663 days ago ·
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  • dani.pugh · icy, I agree that this group is a very deep and talented one. I don't remember a time where the speed figures for an entire group of older males have been so consistently high. Even with some defections, I strongly believe the classic will be not only highly competitive an interesting race to handicap, but also a deep field full of talent. I cannot wait for the fall races to unfold so that we may see who will lead the division into what looks to be a very exciting race. · 662 days ago ·
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Make no mistake; Saratoga Race Course is the finest racetrack in America. Read More
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  • airedale2008 · Yesterday I had my inaugural visit to Saratoga Springs to experience racing at its best. The NYRA does a great job with a free walking tour of the stable area to show fans how horses live off the track and a demonstration of a starting gate. Where else in America can you see stables with slate roofs? The National Museum of Racing is superb, with so much to see that a second visit is required on Woodward and Forego Stakes day. It was a pleasure to film the Alabama, from horses walking up the track to the finish, and seeing my pick Questing win in a front running romp by 9 in the fastest time since 1980. If you haven’t seen horse racing at Saratoga, go. · 689 days ago ·
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  • buckpasser · Glad you had a good time at Saratoga · 689 days ago ·
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I don’t care that he was far from a world beater last year, or that this was his first win in New York, and he has never run in California. I don’t even care that yesterday was his first grade 1 victory of his career. What I am interested in is that Fort Larned has become one of the best horses in A...Read More
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  • icyhotboo · He is a nice horse though juust so I didn't give the wrong impression. He looked like he had a lot more in the tank to me to get anothe 1/8. Congrats to all who had him. · 703 days ago ·
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  • thedodge · In his Praire Meadows race he ran his last 3f. in a smokin 35.1/5 seconds, yes the pace was slow but that is one of the fastest splits i have ever seen. Only Mineshaft's 34.7 was faster and that was a one turn Belmont romp. · 693 days ago ·
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How does a Blue tail get more attention than cruelty to a horse right in front of our eye?Read More
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  • jasen.mangrum · I think they tried to take it to Hansen was because they chased him in the IA Derby and that didn't work, so they wanted to try and take the race to him early. Honestly don't see anything wrong with those tactics considering rating against Hansen didn't work last time. · 695 days ago ·
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  • notobsessed · I agree, Jasen, maybe they were just trying a different tactic. But the comments the other jockey made to Mike Smith are a little strange. · 694 days ago ·
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Thus far the 2012 Saratoga meeting has been highlighted by a blend of the old and the new, with wins from veterans and from up and coming superstars.Read More
  • BrianZipse · It's really quite amazing how good all three juvenile fillies that Stonestreet unveiled at the Spa looked in the last few weeks. It could be Stonestreet against everyone else in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies this year. · 702 days ago ·
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  • gelded1 · Chad Brown has some good turf horses and some European connections and is a great trainer in my opinion. · 702 days ago ·
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The top four finishers ran a great race. I hope I see them in the Woodward-G1 on Sept. 1st.
If Stay Thirsty was in this he would have one. He loves the Track, and he's a good horse. He will get'em all in the Woodward-G1.
Ron the Greek chases his third grade one tally of 2012 in Saturday's Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga. Read More
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  • loran53@hotmail.com · I agree, t-vic. · 705 days ago ·
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  • VisionandVerse · In the last 41 years, only 12 3 year olds have been able to win Horse of the Year. That's a strong proof that older horses are typically stronger. Prime example Bernardini was brilliant his 3 yo campaign and could not handle Invasor who was coming off a 2 month layoff in the Classic. · 705 days ago ·
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What a great field. This race is wide-open all very good horses, even Rule could win it! In all seriousness any of these horse could win. Too bad Mucho Macho Man dropped out, I would have singled him
Fort Larned captured his first Grade 1 race on Saturday and earned a trip to the Breeders’ Cup Classic as he held on for a 1 ¼-length victory over favored Ron the Greek in the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.Read More
Betting on Hunters Bay for upset. Key in Exacta Box with field. Crazy..I know.
Ron should win this one, I think Caixa Electronica is overrated. I wouldnt be shocked if Rule takes it though.
Which race on 8/4 are you all more excited about, the Whitney or the WVD?
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  • UnionRagsRules · I am not a huge fan either, but he is my pick. I am excited about both · 707 days ago ·
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  • timgsmith10 · Tizway,Blame,Invasor,Commentater,:awyer ron OR soto,soul warrior,concourd point,prayer for relief??? figure it out. · 707 days ago ·
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Hymn Book, Flat Out, and Rule will all hit the board. Ron the Greek will get 4th.

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