Moreno takes Whitney Handicap

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Moreno took the lead out of the gate and won the Grade 1 $1.5 million Whitney by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Eric Guillot for owner Southern Equine Stables, the 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.05 and paid $22, $9 and $6.60 as the fourth betting choice in the field of nine older horses.

Itsmyluckyday returned $7.90 and $4.60, and late-running Will Take Charg paid $4.60 to show. Palace Malice, the 3-5 favorite who was unbeaten in four starts this year, finished sixth.

Runner-up in the $1 million Travers last summer at Saratoga, Moreno won for the third time in 20 career races and first since the Grade 2 Dwyer in July 2013. The $800,000 winner's share of the purse pushed his career earnings to $1,709,940.

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