SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Cross Traffic repelled favored Fort Larned, then held Successful Dan to win the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
John Velazquez rode the lightly raced 4-year-old, who took the lead in the run to the first turn and responded when challenged near the three-eighths pole by Fort Larned.
The win was Cross Traffic's third in five career starts.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Cross Traffic set an extremely fast pace, remained strong in the stretch at ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.64. He paid $9.10, $5.40 and $4.40 and earned $450,000 for Goldmark Farm.
Successful Dan, unscathed after flipping in the saddling paddock, returned $5.90 and $4.90. Mucho Mach Man, third of eight, paid $5.20.