Both the East Coast and the West Coast will be the hot spots this Saturday for Grade 1 stakes racing for three-year old and up thoroughbreds. The popularity of horse racing is at an all-time high making it a perfect time for sports bettors to get in on all the action.
The following is a closer look at a few horses to watch in both the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park and the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar. Both races are on tap for this Saturday as part of each track’s daily card.
Delaware Handicap- Delaware Park
The Delaware Handicap is a Grade 1 stakes race ran on dirt over a distance of 1 ¼ miles. It is open to three-year old fillies and up with a total prize purse of $750,000.
The filly at the top of my list in this Saturday’s race is Frivolous. This five-year old is coming off a big win in the Grade 2 Fleur De Lis stakes at Churchill Downs on June 13. Going back over her last two years of racing she has placed in the money in seven of 11 events with another two victories to her credit including the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill last November. Frivolous is trained by Victoria Oliver.
Another horse high on my list in this race is America. This four-year old filly will be looking to get back to her winning ways after finishing out of the money in her previous two races. She fell to fifth in the Fleur De Lis following a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill in early May. Prior to that America had won three-straight races including the Affectionately Stakes at Aqueduct to kick-off her 2015 racing season. She is trained by William Mott.
If you are looking for a third filly to add to your betting picks for the Delaware Handicap, I would take a closer look at Sheer Drama. Trained by David Fawkes, this five-year old mare finished second to Frivolous in the Fleur De Lis to extend her streak of top-three finishes to five. Her previous run was in the La Troienne and she placed second behind Molly Morgan. Her last victory was in the Grade 2 Royal Delta Stakes at Gulfstream Park in late March.
Some of the other horses entered in Saturday’s race include Fortune Pearl, Flashy American, Rosalind and Joint Return.
Eddie Read Stakes- Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
The Eddie Read is a Grade 1 stakes race on the turf at Del Mar for three-year old thoroughbreds and up. It will be contested over a distance of 1 1/8 miles and the total prize purse is set at $400,000.
As of Friday morning there are only three horses on the current probable’s list for this year’s Eddie Read as the field continues to take shape. However, you only need one horse to cash-in on a winner and my pick would be Finnegan’s Wake. This six-year old veteran continues to be a very productive colt with four victories and a second-place finish in his last seven races. Trained by Peter Miller, his last victory came in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill on May 2.
Finnegan’s Wake finished just outside the money in his last two Grade 1 efforts with a fourth-place finish in both the Manhattan Handicap at Belmont on June 6 and in the recent Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
Another horse I like to finish in my top three for Saturday’s Eddie Read is Winning Prize. Trained by Neil Drysdale, this six-year old colt caught my eye with a strong run in this year’s Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita with a second-place finish to Talco. He went on to post a pair of fourth-place finishes at Santa Anita in the Grade 3 American Stakes on May 9 and the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on June 13, so keep this in mind when looking at the betting odds.