2022 Whitney Stakes Cheatsheet
By TwinSpires Editorial Team, Sponsored Content

By Vance Hanson (TwinSpires.com)

1. AMERICANREVOLUTION (5-1) – Cigar Mile (G1) winner had a dull run in his season debut, but rebounded with a strong second to Olympiad in the Stephen Foster (G2) last time; however, the weight shift between the two of them for that race and this one are strange to say the least; Olympiad easily held off this colt while giving him five pounds at Churchill, but here Olympiad will be in receipt of two pounds; it’s going to take a special effort from Americanrevolution to turn the tables, and his best races to date have been around one turn.

2. HOT ROD CHARLIE (9-2) – Talented colt has developed a habit of settling for minor shares in some key spots despite running his eyeballs out; the decision to prep in Dubai for the World Cup (G1) paid dividends in one respect as he out-finished Life Is Good over a tiring strip, though still found Country Grammer too much on the day; the Salvator Mile (G3) was likely treated as a prep, but Mind Control is still a rival you should probably beat as a 3-10 favorite; blinkers back on here, and he ran some of his best (though losing) races wearing them last season, but prefer others for the win.

3. ZOOMER (30-1) – The obvious outsider in this group from a class perspective; a well-beaten third out of five in his only other graded appearance, he exits a romping win over $50,000 claimers over this track and distance; hard to envision him shocking these or even crashing the trifecta.

4. OLYMPIAD (2-1) – One of the stars of the division this year dominated the ranks in the Midwest over the winter and spring, and exits his swiftest run to date in the Stephen Foster; has worked out great trips in every one of those victories, and really don’t see how things will much different in this spot with a small field and a target for him to chase in Life Is Good; gets two pounds from that rival, and a fascinating showdown between the two potentially looms.

5. HAPPY SAVER (8-1) – Although he’s never been out of the top three, has never really built on the promise and form he displayed as a late-developing three-year-old in 2020; losses to Max Player last season don’t look great now, but has run into some buzz saws in his last three, including the freakish Flightline last time; figures to be a much stronger player at this longer distance, though looks a cut below the top two or three.

6. LIFE IS GOOD (6-5) – A gem of consistency, and had a legit excuse in his one sub-par run in the Dubai World Cup, when he attempted to make all over a very deep and tiring surface; perhaps ran the best race of anyone in that field, and comeback in the John A. Nerud (G2) was superb; some might still doubt whether 9-10 furlongs is his best distance, and wouldn’t fault those pondering that as his price figures to be short, but his raw talent will make hard to run down in this spot.