There is a bit of a lull in the horse racing action this time of the year when it comes to major graded stakes races following the Breeders’ Cup at the end of October, but one race that is sure to catch bettor’s attention this Saturday is the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs.
The Mrs. Revere Stakes is open to three-year old fillies with a total prize purse of $200,000. It is contested on the turf track at Churchill over a distance of 1 1/16 miles. While the actual field for Saturday’s race is not fully set, there is a large list of probables that run deep in talent making this one of the more challenging horse racing events to handicap. None the less, after digging deep into the facts, stats and figures the following is a look at my top four contenders to win this year’s event.
The three-year old filly is the highest rated horse on the list at 6.56 with Horse Racing Nation and I happen to agree that she is the strongest contender in the potential field. Trained by Chad Brown, this Kentucky-bred filly is coming off a strong second-place run in the Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga Park at the end of August.
Before finishing out of the money in fourth-place in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes the month before at that same track, she placed second in the Wild Applause States at Belmont Park in the first of her three races this year. Over the course of her two-year career, Partisan Politics has finished in the money in five of seven events.
Trained by Robert Reid, this three-year old Kentucky-bred filly should offer some solid value once the morning line betting odds for this race are released. She may not be one of the highest rated horses on the list for Saturday’s Mrs. Revere, but given her current form she comes into this race pretty high on my list. Her last time out on Sept. 11 she placed second in the Christiecat Stakes at Belmont. This followed her third-place run in the Coronation Cup at Saratoga in early August.
Following the progression of her past races, this horse is definitely getting stronger as a three-year old and while this will be the first graded stakes race of her career, I believe she is up to the task to finish in the money for the third-straight time.
This is another three-year Kentucky Bred filly that is well down the list in HRN’s rating system at 4.84, but she is also another contender coming into the Mrs. Revere in excellent racing form. This will be famed trainer Todd Pletcher’s only entry in this race and she is coming off the best run of her career with a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park in early September. Her first victory in a stakes race came earlier this summer at Monmouth in the Little Silver Stakes on July 26.
In six races this year as a three-year old, Isabella Swings has won twice and finished in the money in two other events. She first caught horse bettor’s attention as a two-year old with a second-place run in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.
Rainha Da Bateria
When it comes to HRN’s rating system, this three-year old is second in the list of probables at 5.84, but she has struggled a bit in her last three races. Trained by H. Graham Motion, she has finished out of the money after stepping up class in both the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes (6th) at Santa Anita Park and more recently in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks (4th) at Laurel Park on Sept. 26. She also faded to eight during this three-race stretch in this year’s Riskaverse Stakes.
Despite the questions about Rainha Da Bateria’s current form, she is a proven contender that should be among the top favorites to win on Saturday at Churchill. Depending on her opening odds and pre-race workouts, I might work her into my top three betting picks in a trifecta bet.
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