A spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be on the line when six of the best older horses in the country leave the starting gate in the 2022 Whitney Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The race has attracted five horses who have won at least $988,000, topped by the $5.2 million earned by Hot Rod Charlie. However, the morning-line favorite is the Todd Pletcher-trained Life Is Good, who is 7-for-9 in his career and is 6-5 in the latest 2022 Whitney Stakes odds. Olympiad, who is trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, is second in the odds at 2-1, and the Doug O’Neill-trained Hot Rod Charlie is third in the odds at 9-2. Americanrevolution (5-1), Happy Saver (8-1) and Zoomer (30-1) round out the Whitney Stakes 2022 field. Saturday’s winner will earn an automatic berth in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5.
Post time for the Whitney Stakes 2022 is 5:43 p.m. ET. With an accomplished field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you’ll want to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any Whitney Stakes picks.
A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir is a two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. He has produced multiple five-figure days at the track over the years, including a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar in 2014. Last year, he was on fire. He hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby and the superfecta in the Belmont Stakes.
This year, he has been red-hot in the Triple Crown prep races, hitting the superfecta in the Blue Grass Stakes, the trifecta in the Louisiana Derby and exactas in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby. He also has hit the 19-1 winner of the Man o’ War Stakes, the trifecta in the Pegasus World Cup, the superfecta in the Met Mile and multiple Pick 4s, including May 14’s at Belmont for $1,851. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has handicapped the 2022 Whitney Stakes lineup, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them at SportsLine.
Top 2022 Whitney Stakes predictions
One surprise: Weir isn’t high on Olympiad, who is 2-1 on the morning line, behind only Life Is Good. A son of former champion sprinter Speightstown, Olympiad has seven wins, one second and one third in 10 career starts. He has won all five of his starts this year, including a victory in the Stephen Foster Stakes in his last start.
But Weir doesn’t believe Olympiad offers value at 2-1 on the morning line. “He’s a strong contender, but he will need to reproduce his last effort, at a minimum, to win this race,” Weir says. He prefers two horses over Olympiad.
How to 2022 Whitney Stakes picks
Moreover, Weir’s top pick is a horse who “continues to train in the morning like a horse who loves his job.” Weir is including this horse in his 2022 Whitney Stakes bets, and so should you. He’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.
So who wins the Whitney Stakes 2022? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? Check out the latest Whitney Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir’s picks for the Whitney Stakes.
2022 Whitney Stakes odds, post positions