2014 Whitney Handicap

Whitney Handicap at Saratoga

Palace MaliceOk it is time to preview the running of the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap for three year olds and up going a distance of 11/8 miles for a purse of  $1,500,000.  The Morning Line favorite is Todd Pletcher’s Palace Malice with John Velazquez in the saddle. The Palace is undefeated in four starts this year with his latest win coming in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap where Velazquez rated him just off the pace for a one length win. People are saying that he is the best horse in America now and they may well be right. Second choice in the ML is one of my favorites from last year, D Wayne Lukas’ Will Take Charge with Luis Saez in the irons. I am really glad to see Saez back on board of Will because I believe he really knows how to ride the horse. I have nothing against Gary Stevens and I wish him a speedy recovery, but Luis Saez seems to fit the horse better than anyone. I have no idea why he has not been aboard lately, but I welcome him back. Stevens always kept Will too far back in my opinion whereas Saez liked to have him closer to the early pace and it seemed to benefit him. I must say I don’t know why they have him carrying top weight with Palace Malice though.

Will Take ChargeThird choice in the morning line is Albert Stall’s Departing with regular rider Robby Albarado up. He likes to stalk the pace and has a couple of good works under him for this. His last win however came in April in an Optional Claiming $100,000 race. So who gets the nod here? It is hard to argue with Palace Malice as of late but there absolutely is no value to gain here. I am afraid he will bounce but he is shooting for horse of the year and this is a “win and you’re in” race for the Classic Breeders Cup race later in the year. If Itsmyluckyday does not give Moreno some company early, you will see an upset in this one. Make no mistake, Moreno will have the early lead here. Here is the way I see it. I am going with Will Take  Charge to win with Moreno second and Palace Malice third. Happy Handicapping Guys and Gals!




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