Whitney Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Whitney Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Whitney Stakes is set for Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Whitney Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Whitney Stakes
- Purse: $750,000
- Track: Saratoga Race Course
- Date: August 1
- Post Time: 5:42 PM (ET)
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2020 Whitney Stakes Handicapping
The namesake of Whitney Week at Saratoga Race Course, the 92nd running of the Whitney Stakes has drawn a small but tough field of five runners, with four of those being multiple graded-stakes winners.
Open to horses aged four and older, they’ll race 1 1/8 miles on the Saratoga dirt course.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2020 Whitney Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Tom’s d’Etat Race Odds: 1-1
The even-money favourite and the oldest horse in the field, seven-year-old Tom’s d’Etat has only improved with age. He closed out 2019 with a pair of wins in the (G2) Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland and the (G1) Clark Stakes at Churchill.
Picking up right where he left off, he opened 2020 with a win in the Oaklawn Mile and last out cruised to a 4 1/4 length victory in the (G2) Stephen Foster. He’s a versatile runner that can press the pace or come from a bit further back.
Albert Stall Jr. is the trainer, Joel Rosario gets the call to ride.
2020 Whitney Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Code Of Honor Race Odds: 7-2
The runner up in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, Code Of Honor used that event to launch a string of wins in the latter part of last year, including a win in the (G1) Travers and (G1) Jockey Club Gold Cup.
After winning the (G3) Westchester Stakes at Belmont Park in his 2020 debut, he was third last out in the (G1) Metropolitan Handicap, but was a just a neck out of the runner up spot at a one-mile distance that is probably a bit short for him.
Shug McGaughey trains, and Johnny Velazquez will ride.
2020 Whitney Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Improbable Race Odds: 15-4
Fourth in the 2019 Derby and sixth in the Preakness Stakes, Improbable was competitive in most of his races last year, but only found the winner’s circle once, when he took the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar over a fairly weak field.
Second in the Oaklawn Mile behind Tom’s d’Etat, he earned his way into the Whitney with a last-out win in the (G1) Hollywood Gold Cup. He’ll be making his Saratoga debut and looking for his first win outside of California since late 2018.
Bob Baffert is the trainer, Irad Ortiz J. is the jockey.
2020 Whitney Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: By My Standards Odds: 5-1
Yet another 2019 Kentucky Derby runner, an 11th-place finish in that race is the only real blemish on By My Standards‘ resume, as he’s been in the money in 9-of-10 career starts, with five wins.
He opened 2020 with three consecutive victories including the (G2) New Orleans Classic and (G2) Oaklawn Handicap before running into Tom’s D’Etat in the Stephen Foster, where he was no match for that one while grabbing the runner-up money.
Bret Calhoun is the trainer, Jose Ortiz will be in the irons.
Here’s my 2020 Whitney Stakes Free Pick.
It’s not often you see a seven-year-old horse come along and dominate his younger rivals in North American dirt racing, but that’s exactly what we have seen with Tom’s d’Etat over the past 12 months. Given that he’s already beat a couple others in here and the distance seems right in his wheelhouse, there’s no reason to not pick him for the win.
With little money to be made on that, the only real way to wager is to put him on top in the exotics and try to get a bit more of a price underneath. I think By My Standards is doing the best running of his career right now, while both Code Of Honor and Improbable have been a bit erratic and both might need more distance.
I’ll play Tom’s d’Etat and By My Standards in the 1-2 spots and both of those two underneath on a trifecta.
Full Field: Whitney Stakes Betting Odds
- Tom’s d’Etat 1-1
- Code Of Honor 7-2
- Improbable 15-4
- By My Standards 5-1
- Mr. Buff 33-1
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