Draw held for 89th running of the Whitney Stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Six horses will be competing on Saturday in the Whitney Stakes, and the draw for their positions was held at Sperry’s in Saratoga.

The morning line 3 to 5 favorite was Frosted.

“He’s a real class horse that does everything right,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “He’s the star of the barn.”

He’s also a star that put on a show his last time out in the Grade 1 Met Mile.

“We’re obviously a little worried about the bounce because he ran so well last time, but he’s doing great,” McLaughlin said. “He couldn’t be doing better.”

Neither can second favorite Effinext, according to his trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

“He’s doing really good,” he said.

But there are still some concerns on race day.

“He has to have his head together,” Jerkens said. “He can’t get shook up like he does sometimes before a race in front of a big crowd.”

Plus, he didn’t love drawing the far outside post. But Jockey Mike Smith lifted his spirits.

“I text Mike Smith right afterwards, and I told him, I said, ‘We’re post six of six,’ and he sent a thumbs up text back, so that means a lot,” Jerkens said.

What doesn’t mean much to trainer John Terranova are the opening odds. His horse, El Kabeir, is the 20 to 1 longshot, and that’s fine by him.

“When you’re in Saratoga, I’d rather by the longshot than the favorite,” he said.

Why?

“Graveyard of Champions,” he responded.

It all plays out on Saturday.

The Whitney Stakes has a purse worth $1.25 million.

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