8/4/2018 5:49:21 PM
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Diversify won the $1.2 million Whitney by 3 1/2 lengths over Mind Your Biscuits in the slop Saturday at Saratoga.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Diversify ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.62 and paid $5.20 to win as the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field.
The Grade 1 victory gave Diversify, trained by Rick Violette Jr., an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders" Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.
Discreet Lover was another half-length back in third at 38-1 odds. Tapwrit was fourth, followed by Good Samaritan, McCraken, Backyard Heaven and Dalmore.
Diversify earned his third straight victory. He has 10 wins in 15 career starts and earnings of $1,959,425.