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Pletcher Triple-Handed For Whitney, Breeders’ Cup Classic Berth

Life Is Good, winning the John A. Nerud by five lengths at Belmont Park (Janet Garaguso/NYRA photo)

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher will have three chances to win his fourth Whitney (G1) Saturday when he saddles Life Is Good, Americanrevolution, and Happy Saver the $1 million nine-furlong test for older horses.

The 95th renewal of the Whitney will offer a “Win and You're In” berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) in November at Keeneland.

CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm's Life Is Good, a 4-year-old Into Mischief bay, boasts a record of 7-1-0 from nine starts and purse earnings in excess of $3.5 million. He notched Grade 1 wins in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile in November at Del Mar and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational in January at Gulfstream Park.

Life Is Good, who enters from a win in the John A. Nerud (G2) on July 2 at Belmont, breezed a half-mile in :48.25 Saturday over the main track under exercise rider Amelia Green.

“He was his normal impressive self,” Pletcher said.

CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm's Americanrevolution, a New York-bred son of Constitution, captured the Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) in December at Aqueduct. He has posted four triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in his last five starts, including a 108 for his runner-up effort to Whitney rival Olympiad last out in the Stephen Foster (G2) on July 2 at Churchill Downs.

He worked in company with Happy Saver on Saturday over the Saratoga main track, covering a half-mile in :49.75.

“I thought it went well and we were very happy with the breeze,” Pletcher said.

Alain and Gerard Wertheimer's homebred Happy Saver boasts a ledger of 5-4-1 from 10 starts and purse earnings of $988,300. He captured the 2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont and finished second last year in his title defense to Max Player at Saratoga.

Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride Life Is Good, while Luis Saez retains the mount on Americanrevolution. A rider for Happy Saver, most recently piloted by Ortiz, has yet to be determined.

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