Two Strong Betting Cards Of Horse Racing Action Closes Out August

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:27 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 9:27 PM UTC

The month of August comes to a close this Saturday with a coast-to-coast horse racing at Saratoga in New York and at Del Mar out on the West Coast.

<p>The two biggest horse racing tracks in the month of August close things out in a fitting manner this Saturday with a pair of great racing cards.</p><p>You can also throw in the Grade 3 Virginia Derby with a total prize purse of $250,000 as the featured event at Colonial Downs on Saturday. This event highlights the track’s recent return to live racing in August after shutting down operations a few years back.</p><p><a href=";book=Picks-Best-Sportsbooks" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><div><h2>Saratoga Race Course’s Saturday Card</h2><p>The first graded event of interest at Saratoga this week is actually the featured race on this Wednesday’ card. The Grade 3 With Anticipation Stakes is open to two-year-old thoroughbreds as the up-and-coming juveniles on the early 2020 Kentucky Derby Trail. The race will be contested on the dirt track at Saratoga over a distance of 1 1/16 miles.</p><p>The early field posted at Horse Racing Nation has eight contenders entered in this race. The one to watch could be trainer George Weaver’s Our Country coming off a Maiden Special Weight victory at Saratoga on Aug. 3. Jockey Manual Franco is expected to get the ride.</p><p>Saturday’s race card at Saratoga is filled with four graded events highlighted by this year’s $750,000 Woodward Stakes for three-year and older thoroughbreds. This Grade 1 event will cover 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.</p><p>The initial field lists nine entries as either probable or possible. One of the favorites should be Vino Rosso with a HRN rating of 7.72. Trained by Todd Pletcher, this four-year-old Kentucky-bred colt took third in this year’s Grade 1 Whitney’s Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 3.</p><p>This followed a victory in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on May 27 over Gift Box and Lone Sailor. The son of Curlin covered the 1 ¼ miles on dirt in 2:03.00. He has now placed in the money in three of four races this year.</p><p>Pletcher also has Bal Harbour listed as probable for Saturday’s main event. This four-year-old colt recently placed second in the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup at that New Jersey track on July 20. This was his third-straight finish in the money over his last three events at Monmouth Park.</p><h2>Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Saturday Card</h2><p>A few two-year-old fillies will have a chance to make an early name for themselves this Saturday at Del Mar in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes. This seven-furlong sprint on the dirt track offers a total prize purse of $300,000.</p><p>There are seven fillies listed as probable for this race. Both Doug O’Neill and Bob Baffert as a pair of high-profile trainers could have two entries each in this race. O’Neill’s top prospect would be Comical with a 6.48 HRN rating. She will try and bounce back from a fade to sixth her previous time out in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 3.</p><p>Baffert’s best bet in Saturday’s race would be Bast. This sire of Uncle Mo placed second at Del Mar on Aug. 11 in a 5 ½-furlong Maiden Special Weight race behind trainer John Sadler’s Inspiressa, who is also listed as probable for the Debutante Stakes.</p><p>Also on Saturday’s Del Mar card is the Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes for three-year and older fillies and mares. This event will be contested on the turf track over a distance of 1 1/8 miles with a total prize purse of $200,000. The early field has eight contenders listed as probable, including trainer Patrick Gallagher’s La Force with a HRN rating of 7.54.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The Woodward Stakes was won back-to-back four times over by FOREGO (pictured) from 1974-1977 - winning his last one as a 7 year old. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Kelso just missed this record with 3 back-to-back wins in the 60's&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#funfacts&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#saratoga&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#PlayRaceWin&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— StableDuel (@StableDuel) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;August 27, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</div><div> </div><p style="text-align:center"><a href="" target="_blank">Talk Racing At SBR's Horse Racing Betting Forum</a></p></div>
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