Labor Day weekend is closing weekend at Saratoga and the feature race on Saturday was the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1), with an afternoon crowd of 21,242 enjoying relatively cooler weather, temperatures in the low 70's but with intermittent showers. Donn (G1) and Metropolitan (G1) winner Quality Road was sent off as the 3-10 favorite in this 1 1/8 mile main track contest for older horses, off a close second in the Whitney (G1) last out. In to challenge him included 5-1 second choice Convocation, winner of an allowance on August 4 after finishing second in the Suburban (G1), and 10-1 third choice Mine That Bird, winless since the 2009 Kentucky Derby (G1) and a distant 5th in the Whitney last out.
Arcodoro and Quality Road contested the early pace through fractions of 24.06 and 47.76 while Mythical Power stalked them another 1 1/2 lengths back in third. On the far turn, Quality Road took over the lead from the tiring Arcodoro, getting 3/4 in 1:11.52. Mythical Power gave chase into the stretch but Quality Road drew off under minimal urging from jockey John Velazquez, getting the mile in 1:36.66 and opening up to a 4 3/4 length victory in 1:50.00 over the officially fast surface. It was just 1/2 a length back from Mythical Power to late-running Tranquil Manner third.