Ellis Starr’s Blog
Key Races & Bets for Saturday, July 20 Schuylerville Stakes – Race 8 at Saratoga – Post Time 5:02 PM Eastern Opening day at Saratoga features two excellent stakes races which warrant starting the Key Races & Bets blog a day early. The first is the Schuylerville, a stakes race for two year old fillies in which there are not one, but two, 12/1 shots who demand our attention, Congrats Gal and Fightress.
Key Races & Bets for Saturday, July 14 Kent Stakes – Race 8 at Delaware Park – Post Time 4:56 PM Eastern Gunnison goes for his third straight win, the last two on turf including a non-graded stakes, so is a perfect fit at this grade 3 stakes level. He opens at 10/1 coming off a career best effort with Toledo in the saddle as today and he has shown the ability to
Key Races & Bets for Saturday, July 7 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes – Race 7 at Belmont Park – Post Time 5:11 PM Eastern Shaft of Light has won 10 of 23 races on dirt, six of those at this 7 furlong trip in 10 tries. The most important fact to note from his past performances is he has earned all 10 wins leading from start to finish. As a seven year old,
Key Races & Bets for Saturday, June 30 King Edward Stakes – Race 6 at Woodbine – Post Time 2:53 PM Eastern Caribou Club won the similar Grade 2 Connaught Cup on the Woodbine Turf on 6/2, the only real difference between that race and the King Edward is this race is one furlong further. In the Connaught Cup, Caribou Club beat Tower of Texas by one and one-half lengths, with Conquest Panthera
Key Races & Bets for Saturday, June 23 Singspiel Stakes – Race 8 at Woodbine – Post Time 4:57 PM Eastern Pumpkin Rumble has banked more than $400K, over $300K of that on the grass. Interestingly enough, he earned his first turf win at Woodbine in his most recent race, three weeks ago, in an allowance optional claimer and that apparently impressed trainer Attard enough to bump him into this grade 3 stakes.