Saratoga Race Picks

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – September 11, 2021

Mint Ladies Sprint Stakes - Race 6 Kentucky Downs - Post Time 3:57 Eastern Yes It’s Ginger was sent to post as the 5 to 2 favorite in her last two races, both wins in non-graded stakes which like this were sprints on turf. Yet because this is a 12 horse field she opens at 12/1 and could be a GIFT if running as well in this field. She’s been first or second in seven of eight this year and has the ability to take the lead early if no other horse wants it [...]

The 2021 Jockey Club Gold Cup

There are not a lot of races with the kind of storied history the Jockey Club Gold Cup has. Sadly, of late it has lost some of its previous luster. It was a race that made champions and champions competed in. It has been run at two miles, and a mile and a half. Today it is a mile and a quarter, a reflection of how much American racing has changed. In an attempt to restore some of the lost glory NYRA has moved the still Grade 1 race to legendary Saratoga to close [...]

By |2021-09-03T08:12:28-04:00September 3, 2021|Jon Stettin's Blog, Saratoga Race Picks|

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – September 4, 2021

Saranac Stakes - Race 8 at Saratoga - Post Time 4:27 PM Eastern Founder, who opens at 4 to 1 odds, gets top billing here on the strength of two big efforts since adding blinkers. The first was a runner-up effort on dirt in a race scheduled on turf and the next was a strong win when rallying from seventh with a quarter mile to run to take the Tale of the Cat Stakes at Monmouth on July 31. This grade 3 stakes is no tougher and with Founder getting Jose Ortiz for Chad [...]

The 2021 Travers Stakes

The Travers, or as they say the midsummer Derby will be run Saturday at legendary Saratoga Race Course. The Feld is led by two year old champion Essential Quality who won the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy in his two most recent starts. He will be a solid and deserving favorite perhaps at odds of 4-5 or 3-5. Is he worth that short a price? That only you can answer but for me he would have to have no knocks or nicks in the armor as I say. The only race Essential Quality lost [...]

By |2021-08-27T08:59:23-04:00August 27, 2021|Jon Stettin's Blog, Saratoga Race Picks|

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – August 28, 2021

H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes - Race 9 at Saratoga - Post Time 4:12PM Eastern Following Sea won the second and third starts of his career this past April and June, the latter after shipping to New York and leaving Bob Baffert for Todd Pletcher. Both efforts were runaway wins by an average of six lengths with 110 and 105 Equibase Speed Figures. Stretching out from one turn to try two-turns for the first time in the Haskell last month, Following Sea was still very well regarded at 7 to 2 BUT was the [...]

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