Above: Gun Runner gets schooled in the historic Churchill Downs Paddock in 2016. Photo by Coady Photography. 

Three exciting former Derby contenders will face off in Saturday’s $1.2 million Whitney Stakes in Saratoga to earn a spot in the Breeder’s Cup Classic at Del Mar in November.  

  • Keen Ice finished 7th in the 2015 Kentucky Derby but went on to upset Triple Crown hero American Pharoah by winning the Traverse Stakes later that year
  • Gun Runner, currently ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the US, finished 3rd in the 2016 Kentucky Derby but went on to win the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs this past June
  • War Story finished 16th in the 2015 Kentucky Derby

The 1 1/8-mile Breeders Cup Win and You’re In Challenge Series race will be broadcast on NBC from 5 – 6:00 p.m.

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