With a guaranteed spot in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic on the line, nine of the best thoroughbreds in the country compete in the Whitney Invitational Handicap, which will be televised on NBC (TV schedule) and streaming live on NBC Live Extra (online). Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will be the site for this Grade I race, which has a scheduled post time of 5:46 p.m. Eastern Time (4:46 p.m. CT/3:46 p.m. MT/2:46 p.m. PT) and horse racing odds are now available.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal on Aug. 1, a $1.5 million purse will be up for grabs this evening in Saratoga. However, more importantly, a “Win and You’re In” spot into the most prestigious international horse racing year-end event will be decided.
It’s been well documented that Palace Malice will be the horse to beat tonight, according to horse racing oddsmakers. The son of Curlin, who’s trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, comes in riding a four-race win streak, as he looks to remain undefeated in 2014.
The four-year-old colt from Kentucky has a (2013) Kentucky Derby title in his resume along with wins in the following races: Metropolitan Hcp. (Met Mile - G-1), Westchester (G3), New Orleans Hcp. (G2), Gulfstream Park Hcp (G2), Jim Dandy (G2) and others. As detailed in an Aug. 1 Bleacher Report, Palace Malice will be racing out of post position No.5 and is currently listed as a 1/2 favorite to extend his win streak to five races.
If oddsmakers are correct, the biggest threat to his throne is none other than Will Take Charge, who’s the projected runner-up at 3/1 odds. Trained by the legendary D. Wayne Lukas, the son of Unbridled's Song and Take Charge Lady (by Dehere), also has some impressive victories in his resume including: Oaklawn Handicap (G2), Clark Handicap (G1), Pennsylvania Derby (G2), Travers Stakes (G1), Rebel Stakes (G2), and others.
Will Palace Malice prove oddsmakers right by punching his ticket into this year’s Breeders’ Cup with a win at Saratoga tonight, or will Will Take Charge do just that by pulling off the upset? Tune to NBC beginning at 5 p.m. ET to see the Whitney Handicap 2014 unfold live on television or via free live stream.
Horse racing fans watching on TV can tune to NBC-6 in Miami to watch it live as it happens from Saratoga Springs. Meanwhile, Internet users can simply click on the (NBC Live Extra) link provided above to stream it live on a desktop and a number of other online mobile devices. Finally, here's a look at the all the horse racing betting odds for tonight's 2014 Whitney Invitational Handicap in order of post positions:
- Will Take Charge 3/1
- Prayer for Relief 15/1
- Moreno 8/1
- Itsmyluckyday 10/1
- Palace Malice 1/2
- Departing 9/2
- Romansh 8/1
- Golden Ticket 15/1
- Last Gunfighter 12/1