Diversify wins Grade 1 Whitney in slop at Saratoga


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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.

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