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      === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, July 30 ===
 
 
                 === Cardinals snag Masterson from Indians ===
 
 San  Diego, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals acquired pitcher
 Justin  Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfield prospect
 James Ramsey on Wednesday.
 
 Masterson,  a towering right-hander at 6-foot-6, has gone just 4-6 with a 5.51
 earned  run  average over 19  starts this season.  He has been sidelined since
 July  7 thanks to right knee inflammation, and was placed on the disabled list
 one day later.
 
 The  29-year-old veteran  was scheduled to be activated from the DL on Friday,
 and  is expected to join the Cardinals when they return to St. Louis that day,
 before making his National League debut on Saturday against Milwaukee.
 
 Born in Jamaica but raised outside of Dayton, Masterson departs northeast Ohio
 with  a 48-61 record, 4.23 ERA and seven complete games since arriving in July
 2009  from the Red Sox. The 2013 All-Star also pitched parts of two seasons in
 Boston and owns a career mark of 57-69 with a 4.16 ERA.
 
 Ramsey  has  spent the entire 2014  season with Double-A Springfield, where he
 has  batted .300 while collecting 13 home runs, 14 doubles, 36 RBI and 47 runs
 scored over 67 appearances.
 
 St.  Louis also  announced that pitcher Michael Wacha was transferred from the
 15-day  to  the 60-day disabled  list, and  that a corresponding 25-man roster
 move will be made prior to Friday's contest.
 
 
                    === MLB veteran Eric Chavez retires ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Six-time  Gold  Glove third  baseman  Eric  Chavez  is
 retiring after 17 years in the majors.
 
 Chavez  told CBSSports.com on Wednesday he didn't feel right accepting over $1
 million  remaining on  his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks this season,
 so he volunteered to move from the disabled list to retirement.
 
 "I'm very lucky," Chavez told the website. "I just enjoyed competing and being
 on the field. There's nothing like winning at the major-league level."
 
 The  Diamondbacks confirmed Chavez's retirement and said he would hold a press
 conference Thursday afternoon at Chase Field.
 
 Chavez,  36, went on the disabled list on June 9 with a sprained left knee. He
 made  his last  plate  appearance the  day before  as  a pinch-hitter  against
 Atlanta,  drawing  a walk.  Pitcher Bronson Arroyo,  running for Chavez, later
 scored  as part of  a six-run seventh inning that lifted the Diamondbacks to a
 6-5 win.
 
 At  his  peak as a  slugger for the Oakland  Athletics, Chavez batted .273 and
 averaged  28  homers, 94  RBI and  a .352  on-base percentage between 2000-06,
 winning six straight Gold Gloves over the last six years of that span.
 
 He  signed  as a free  agent with the  New York Yankees  in 2011 and spent two
 seasons in the Bronx, batting .274 with 18 homers in 171 games. Arizona signed
 him in 2012 and he hit .273 with 12 homers in his only 124 games in the NL.
 
 Chavez's last eight years were marked by injuries as he averaged just 56 games
 per season from 2007-14.
 
 "Quite frankly, had injuries not hit at the wrong time, he was on his way to a
 Hall-of-Fame  career," A's general manager Billy Beane told CBSSPorts.com. "If
 you  look  at what  he  did  to  age 26,  you  could  see  him ending  up  (in
 Cooperstown)."
 
 Chavez  finishes with  260 career home runs,  902 RBI, a .268 average and .342
 on-base percentage in 1,615 games.
 
 
                 === Red Sox recall Workman, deal Doubront ===
 
 Boston,   MA  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Boston  Red  Sox  recalled  pitcher
 Brandon  Workman  from Triple-A  Pawtucket to make  Wednesday's start in place
 of  Jon Lester  in the finale of  a three-game series against the Toronto Blue
 Jays.
 
 Red  Sox manager  John Farrell cited the possibility of Lester being traded as
 the reason for the change. Farrell made the announcement in the postgame press
 conference following Boston's 4-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.
 
 Lester,  however, will start Friday if he isn't dealt by Thursday's non-waiver
 trade deadline.
 
 Workman  is  1-3 with a  4.13 earned run average  over 11 games (eight starts)
 for Boston this season. He has produced a 6-1 record and 4.45 ERA in 10 starts
 for Pawtucket.
 
 The Sox also dealt left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player
 to be named later.
 
 Doubront was 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 appearances for Boston this season. The
 26-year-old  will  depart New  England after  going 26-22 with  a 4.82 ERA and
 three saves over 98 games (69 starts) since 2010.
 
 
                  === Dodgers, Cubs complete Barney trade ===
 
 Los  Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their
 July  28 trade with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, sending minor league right-
 handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez to Chicago as the player to be named later.
 
 The Dodgers acquired infielder Darwin Barney and cash from the Cubs.
 
 Barney was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday as well.
 
 Martinez,  20, went 7-5  with a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts for Single-A Great Lakes
 in his fourth professional season after he was signed by the Dodgers as a non-
 drafted free agent on May 31, 2011 out of Venezuela.
 
 Barney  was  designated for assignment  on July 22  after batting .230 with 10
 doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs this season.
 
 
                       === Cowboys extend Tyron Smith ===
 
 Oxnard, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Cowboys and offensive tackle Tyron
 Smith have agreed to a contract extension.
 
 According to the Cowboys' website, the deal is for eight years and worth $97.6
 million.  It includes  $40 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus.
 Combined  with the final  two years of his rookie deal, the overall package is
 now worth $109 million. He will be under contract through 2023.
 
 "He's  just been  everything we  wanted to  build this  program and  this team
 around," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Wednesday.
 
 Smith  is entering  his  fourth  season with  the  Cowboys,  who selected  the
 Southern California product with the ninth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.
 
 In  his  first three seasons,  Smith has  started each of  the 47 games he has
 played. He missed one contest in 2012.
 
 
                   === Bills sign RB Jackson to extension ===
 
 Pittsford, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Bills signed running back Fred
 Jackson  to a contract extension Wednesday that will keep the veteran with the
 team through next season.
 
 Jackson's  deal had been  set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. The
 one-year  extension  he signed  Wednesday is worth  $2.6 million, according to
 NFL.com.
 
 Jackson,  33, appeared in  16 games last season for the first time since 2010,
 rushing  for 890 yards and a career-best nine touchdowns while sharing carries
 with C.J. Spiller.
 
 The previous two seasons were shortened by knee and leg injuries, with Jackson
 playing in only 20 games and rushing for 1,371 yards and nine scores.
 
 He  has gained 5,121 yards on 1,138 carries with 28 rushing touchdowns and six
 receiving  TDs  since the Bills  signed him as an  undrafted free agent out of
 Division III Coe College in 2006.
 
 
           === Cowboys rookie Lawrence sidelined with broken foot ===
 
 Oxnard,  CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus
 Lawrence  is  expected to be  sidelined for 2-to-3  months because of a broken
 foot.
 
 Lawrence  was  hurt during  practice on  Tuesday and  coach Jason Garrett said
 surgery is forthcoming at a media briefing on Wednesday.
 
 "He'll  have to  go back to Dallas  and have surgery on it," said Garrett. "He
 was  off to a  good start in camp. There's still a lot of football left in the
 season after 8-to-12 weeks."
 
 The  Cowboys  selected Lawrence  with the  34th overall pick  of the draft. He
 posted 20 sacks in two seasons at Boise State.
 
 
            === GM Thompson signs multi-year contract with Pack ===
 
 Green  Bay,  WI (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Green  Bay Packers signed executive
 vice  president and  general manager Ted Thompson to a new multi-year contract
 on Wednesday.
 
 Thompson  has been  a key  decision-maker in  the Packers'  current streak  of
 five straight playoff appearances.
 
 "I'm  pleased  that we  were able  to enter into  this contract extension with
 Ted,"  Packers president/CEO  Mark Murphy said. "His outstanding work has been
 the  key  factor in  the success  that we've  enjoyed in  recent years. I have
 tremendous  respect for Ted, and am confident that we will continue to contend
 for championships under his leadership."
 
 Thompson  has led  the Packers' football operations the last nine years, which
 includes  a Super Bowl victory in the 2010 season and a current three-year run
 as NFC North Division champions.
 
 
                  === Bengals' Atkins cleared for practice ===
 
 Cincinnati,   OH   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Cincinnati  Bengals  activated
 defensive  tackle  Geno Atkins  off  the  physically  unable to  perform  list
 Wednesday.
 
 Atkins  had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee last season and the
 team was easing him back into action.
 
 Atkins  tore the  ACL in Week 9  last season, ending his campaign. The Georgia
 product  had  six sacks and 20  tackles after leading all interior lineman the
 year prior with 12 1/2 sacks while earning his second Pro Bowl selection.
 
 The  Bengals also  activated  linebacker  Marquis Flowers  off  the PUP  list.
 Flowers was a sixth-round pick out of the University of Arizona.
 
 
               === Giants RB Wilson to miss preseason opener ===
 
 East  Rutherford, NJ  (SportsNetwork.com) - New York running back David Wilson
 will  miss the Giants'  first preseason game  on Sunday as he recovers  from a
 neck burner.
 
 Wilson  left  practice on Tuesday  with the burner and  was sent to a hospital
 for  tests on  his surgically repaired neck.  It was determined he will be re-
 evaluated  on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, meaning
 he  will  miss all  action for the  rest of the  week, including Sunday's game
 against the Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio.
 
 Wilson announced July 21 that he was cleared to practice after undergoing neck
 surgery  in January  to fuse vertebrae and repair a herniated disk. The former
 first-round pick was hurt in a Week 5 loss to Philadelphia last season.
 
 A  "burner"  is a term that  can be used to  describe a nerve injury causing a
 player discomfort or pain in their neck or arms.
 
 In  two  seasons, Wilson has  rushed for 504 yards  and six touchdowns over 21
 games -- including six starts.
 
 
              === Carter, Irvin selected as Pro Bowl captains ===
 
 New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and
 Michael Irvin have been selected as alumni captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl.
 
 Deion  Sanders and Jerry Rice served as captains for last year's All-Star Game
 under  the revised format, in which players are placed into a pool and drafted
 into two teams.
 
 Both  Carter and  Irvin will also be  assisted in the selection process by two
 active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion.
 
 "Being  voted  to the  Pro Bowl  was always  a tremendous  honor for me," said
 Carter,  now an NFL studio analyst for ESPN. "Last year, players really seemed
 to  be excited about  the new rules and the Pro Bowl draft format. I'm excited
 to be a part of it this year."
 
 Players  who earn a  Pro Bowl berth will once again be selected without regard
 to conference. Last year, Team Rice posted a 22-21 win over Team Sanders.
 
 "I  can't  wait to see which  players get the  Pro Bowl nod this season," said
 Irvin,  currently  an NFL analyst  for the  NFL Network. "I'm already thinking
 about how to build my team."
 
 This season's Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Glendale, Arizona,
 a  week before  the Super  Bowl  at the  same  site --  University of  Phoenix
 Stadium.
 
 
                 === 'Mean Joe' finally has jersey retired ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The Pittsburgh  Steelers announced  on
 Wednesday that "Mean Joe" Greene's No. 75 has been retired by the franchise.
 
 A  ceremony  honoring Greene to make  the jersey retirement official is set to
 take  place at Heinz Field during a Nov. 2 contest against the rival Baltimore
 Ravens. He will be just the second player in team history to be honored, after
 Ernie Stautner in the mid-1960s.
 
 "Joe  Greene is  much deserving  of this  honor," said  Steelers chairman  Dan
 Rooney.  "This isn't something  you can do for everyone. He was a catalyst and
 to retire his number is something we feel is a special thing. I am so happy we
 are honoring Joe this way."
 
 Greene,  out of  North Texas, arrived in  the Steel City in 1969 and, over the
 next  13  seasons, anchored one  of the most  feared defensive units in league
 history.  The "Steel Curtain" helped Pittsburgh reverse its fortunes and claim
 four  Super Bowls from  1974 to 1979. Greene was named the NFL's top rookie in
 1969, earned 10 Pro Bowl nominations and was named the league's best defensive
 player in 1972 and '74.
 
 The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder started in 172 of 181 contests before hanging up his
 cleats  after  the 1981 campaign. No  Steelers player has worn Greene's iconic
 number since then.
 
 "I'm  overwhelmed  with emotions,"  Greene said. "I'm  extremely pleased and I
 know  that Dan  (Rooney) and Art (Rooney  II) put a lot of thought into making
 this  decision.  Retiring jerseys is not  something that the Steelers do. That
 makes it even more significant."
 
 
                 === Jets keep Halischuk with one-year deal ===
 
 Winnipeg,  MB  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Winnipeg  Jets  and  forward  Matt
 Halischuk have agreed to a one-year contract.
 
 The two-way deal will pay the Toronto native $725,000 at the NHL level.
 
 Halischuk  scored five goals  and added five assists for 10 points in 46 games
 last season, his first with the Jets.
 
 The  26-year-old  veteran has also  played for  New Jersey and Nashville since
 making  his  NHL debut  with the Devils  during the 2008-09  season. He has 30
 goals and 34 assists for 64 points in 203 NHL games.
 
 
                          === King to stay with LA ===
 
 Los   Angeles,  CA   (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Los  Angeles  Kings  avoided
 arbitration  with restricted free agent forward Dwight King, agreeing to terms
 on a three-year deal on Wednesday.
 
 The  25-year-old  King recorded  career highs  of 15 goals,  15 assists and 30
 points  over 77  regular-season games.  He also  contributed three  scores and
 eight  helpers  over 26  playoff contests  to help the  Kings win their second
 Stanley Cup in the last three seasons.
 
 A  native  of Saskatchewan,  King has posted  24 goals and  54 points over 157
 appearances for the southern California franchise since 2010.
 
 
                        === Devils re-sign D Greene ===
 
 Newark,  NJ  (SportsNetwork.com) - The  New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman
 Andy Greene to a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday.
 
 Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
 The  31-year-old  native of Trenton,  Michigan, who  is scheduled to make $3.5
 million  for the upcoming season in the final year of his current deal, posted
 eight  goals  and 24  assists over 82  games last season,  his eighth with the
 franchise.
 
 Since  arriving in  the NHL during the 2006-07 campaign, Greene has totaled 28
 goals  and 121  assists over 477 regular-season appearances. He's also chipped
 in three goals and four helpers in 45 postseason efforts.
 
 
                    === Bosh officially re-signs with Heat ===
 
 Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Bosh has officially re-signed in Miami.
 
 Bosh,  who turned down  a maximum deal from Houston to stay with Miami, agreed
 to  terms on a  reported five-year, $118 million deal on July 11, but made the
 signing official on Wednesday.
 
 "Chris  Bosh is a  two-time NBA champion and one of the most versatile big men
 in the league," said Miami president Pat Riley. "His unique skillset makes him
 one of the best players in the game today.
 
 "I've  always felt  he was committed to this organization, this staff and this
 city.  I think  he's going to have  the opportunity of a lifetime leading this
 team  next season and having the nine-time NBA All-Star back in the fold was a
 big key for us. We are very blessed to have him."
 
 The  30-year-old  forward joined  the Heat  in 2010 to  play along side LeBron
 James  and  Dwyane Wade. The  trio helped Miami win  two titles and become the
 third franchise to make the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.
 
 All  three opted out of their contracts last month, leaving the future unclear
 for  the franchise.  James returned to his hometown team in Cleveland and Wade
 re-signed with the Heat to a two-year contract earlier this month.
 
 Bosh,  who  was selected fourth  overall by the  Raptors in 2003, has averaged
 17.3  points  and 7.4  rebounds in  four seasons with  Miami after playing his
 first  seven seasons for Toronto. He has averaged 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds
 in 78 playoff games for Miami.
 
 
                     === Kings reach deal with Moreland ===
 
 Sacramento,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Sacramento Kings  signed undrafted
 free agent Eric Moreland on Wednesday.
 
 Terms of the deal were not released.
 
 Moreland, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Oregon State, came off the bench in
 six games for Sacramento's 2014 Las Vegas Summer League championship squad and
 flashed  an  ability to  rebound and protect  the paint at  the next level. He
 averaged  3.5 points, 8.8  rebounds and a team-high 2.7 blocks in less than 20
 minutes per game in Vegas.
 
 Despite  playing  just three seasons  of college basketball, Moreland left OSU
 as  its all-time leader  in blocked shots (184) and blocks per game (2.07). He
 was twice named an All-Defensive Honorable Mention in the Pac-12.
 
 
                      === Minnesota signs Mo Williams ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Minnesota  Timberwolves  signed
 veteran guard Mo Williams on Wednesday.
 
 Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
 Williams  was  originally selected  by the  Jazz 47th overall  in 2003 and has
 bounced  around despite  having a lot of success over his career. The 6-foot-1
 combo  guard has  made two  stops  in Utah,  along with  stints in  Milwaukee,
 Cleveland, Los Angeles and Portland.
 
 Williams,  31, has  averaged 13.3  points and  4.9 assists  per game  over his
 career. His best season came in 2008-09, when he earned an All-Star appearance
 playing next to LeBron James in Cleveland.
 
 "We are excited to bring Mo into the fold this season," said Timberwolves head
 coach  Flip  Saunders.  "His  veteran  leadership  and  excellend  three-point
 shooting ability will be a valuable addition to our team.
 
 Williams has hit 3-pointers at a 38.5 percent clip over his 11-year career.
 
 
                    === Nets announce assistant coaches ===
 
 Brooklyn,  NY  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Paul  Westphal  headlines  a  group  of
 assistants  that  will be aiding Brooklyn  Nets head coach Lionel Hollins this
 upcoming season.
 
 John  Welch,  Tony Brown,  Joe Wolf  and Jay Humphries  were also announced as
 assistant   coaches  on   Wednesday.  General  manager  Billy  King  made  the
 announcement.
 
 Westphal  reunites  with  Hollins,  who was  named  Jason  Kidd's  replacement
 in  early July after Kidd left abruptly for Milwaukee. The duo were assistants
 together  with  the Phoenix  Suns from  1988-92. Westphal  was then named head
 coach  in 1992, and Hollins remained on the staff as an assistant for the next
 three seasons.
 
 Westphal,  63, brings  more than 20 years of coaching experience to the staff,
 including three stints as head coach with the Suns, SuperSonics and Kings.
 
 Along with the five assistants, Brooklyn named Jim Sann as its advanced scout.
 
 
                   === Colorado lands transfer Fortune ===
 
 Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - University of Colorado men's basketball head
 coach  Tad Boyle announced the addition of Providence transfer Josh Fortune to
 a Financial Aid Agreement (FAA).
 
 Fortune,  who started all 35 games for the Friars as a sophomore, will sit out
 the 2014-15 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
 
 "We're  extremely excited  about Josh and what he brings to our program," said
 Boyle. "He's a guy who is battled tested in the BIG EAST for two years, played
 a lot of minutes and played in a lot of big games."
 
 Fortune  averaged 8.4 points last season and helped earn Providence a berth in
 the NCAA Tournament. He scored a career-high 24 points in the opening round of
 the  Big  East Tournament  and played  117 of an  available 120 minutes during
 Providence's run to the Big East tourney title.
 
 "He can shoot the ball, shoot it from deep, which is something our team needs.
 Three-point  shooting is  one of  the areas  we probably  under-performed last
 year, so Josh really helps us."
 
 Fortune plans to major in communications.
 
 
              === Nadal pulls out of Canada and Cincy Masters ===
 
 Ponte  Vedra Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 2 Rafael Nadal withdrew
 from  the Canada Masters and Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday after suffering a
 right wrist injury during practice on Tuesday.
 
 Nadal  felt pain in the wrist while training in Mallorca and tests revealed "a
 small  disinsertion of  the posterior ulnar pod of his right wrist," according
 to his manager, Benito Perez-Barbadillo.
 
 The  left-hander Nadal,  who plays a two-handed backhand, will wear a cast for
 2-to-3 weeks.
 
 Nadal  is the reigning  champion at both the Rogers Cup, which will be held in
 Toronto  from  Aug. 4-10, and Western  & Southern Open in suburban Cincinnati,
 which will be staged from Aug. 10-17.
 
 The  two  events are major  tune-ups for the U.S.  Open, which will begin Aug.
 25,  with Nadal as  the defending champ. The former world No. 1 is expected to
 return in time for the Open.
 
 Nadal  captured  a record ninth  French Open title in  June, but has been idle
 since losing to rising Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round at Wimbledon on
 July 1.
 
 
               === Rosol reaches quarters in rainy Kitzbuhel ===
 
 Kitzbuhel,  Austria (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Third-seeded  Czech slugger  Lukas
 Rosol  was  one of only  two second-round winners on  a rainy Wednesday at the
 Kitzbuhel Cup.
 
 Rosol got past Austrian crowd favorite Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) on
 the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis Stadium.
 
 His  quarterfinal opponent  will  be Argentine  Maximo  Gonzalez, who  handled
 Spanish fellow qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4 on Day 3.
 
 Six  second-round  matches were  postponed until  Thursday, including ones for
 top-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 2012 runner-up, and second-seeded
 reigning champion Marcel Granollers of Spain.
 
 Three  other seeds  will play  second-rounders on  Thursday, including  rising
 Austrian Dominic Thiem and last week's Gstaad champion Pablo Andujar, who beat
 Argentine  Juan  Monaco, the 2007  Kitzbuhel titlist,  in last week's final in
 Gstaad.
 
 This week's winner will claim $104,000.
 
 
        === Palace Malice and Will Take Charge to lock up in Whitney ===
 
 Saratoga  Springs, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Leading thoroughbred Palace Malice
 and champion colt Will Take Charge renew their rivalry, along with seven other
 horses, in Saturday's $1.5 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
 
 Part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" program, a victory in the 1 1/8-
 mile  Whitney  guarantees a place for  the winner in this November's Breeders'
 Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
 
 Palace  Malice, the even-money favorite for the Whitney, and Will Take Charge,
 the  4-1  second pick, have faced  each other several times, most notably last
 year at Saratoga as 3-year-olds.
 
 In  2013  at Saratoga, Palace  Malice won the Jim  Dandy Stakes with Will Take
 Charge  a length  behind in second and  four weeks later in the Travers it was
 Will    Take   Charge    winning   as    Palace   Malice    finished   fourth.
 .
 Trained  by  Todd Pletcher for  Dogwood Stable,  Palace Malice will start from
 post  5  with Hall  of Fame  jockey John  Velazquez. The 4-year-colt currently
 leads the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll.
 
 "It's  a huge race," Pletcher said. "The horse is doing fantastic. He's off to
 a  great start this year, and we're just hoping for more of the same from him.
 He's  been super consistent and impressive. We know he likes Saratoga from the
 way he ran here the last two years, so we're excited about the Whitney."
 
 Palace Malice is undefeated in 2014 with four wins in as many starts. The colt
 began  the  year by winning  the Gulfstream Park  Handicap on March 8 followed
 by  a  solid victory at  Fair Grounds in the  New Orleans Handicap three weeks
 later. He then claimed the Westchester Handicap at a mile by almost 10 lengths
 at  Belmont Park  on May 11 and most  recently won the Met Mile on the Belmont
 Stakes card.
 
 The colt has won seven of 16 career starts for $2,631,135.
 
 Eclipse  Award winner Will Take Charge will break from the rail with Luis Saez
 again  riding. The 4-year-old, trained by D. Wayne Lukas for Willis Horton and
 Three Chimneys Farm, was voted last year's champion 3-year-old colt.
 
 The  current year  has not  been  as smooth  for  Will Take  Charge as  Palace
 Malice.  Lukas'  4-year-old has just the  victory in the Oaklawn Handicap from
 five starts.
 
 He began 2014 with a pair of seconds in the Donn and Santa Anita Handicaps and
 followed  the Oaklawn win  with a sixth in the Alysheba at Churchill Downs and
 another runner-up result in Churchill's Stephen Foster Handicap.
 
 Will  Take Charge has  banked $3,774,648 with seven wins and six seconds in 20
 career starts.
 
 Here  is  the full  field for  the Whitney  in post  position order: Will Take
 Charge,  Luis Saez, 4-1; Prayer for Relief, Joel Rosario, 20-1; Moreno, Junior
 Alvarado,   10-1;   Itsmyluckyday,  Paco  Lopez,  12-1;  Palace  Malice,  John
 Velazquez,  even,  Departing, Robby Albarado,  6-1; Romansh, Jose Ortiz, 10-1;
 Golden  Ticket, Julien  Leparoux, 20-1 and Last Gunfighter, Javier Castellano,
 15-1.
 
 The  Whitney will  be shown live on  NBC with an approximate post time of 5:46
 p.m. ET.
 
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