This week, a couple of the top races for three-year-olds happen when some of the best sophomores in North America throw down in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational and the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Check out more Horse Racing Betting information for the Coaching Club and Haskell as well as four other fantastic graded stakes.
Horse Racing Betting Analysis, Odds & Picks for July 23rd – 24th
Top Stakes Races for the Week
- When: Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, July 24
Saratoga | Saturday, July 23
- Grade 3 Caress Stakes – 5 ½ furlongs turf – 4 year old fillies & mares
At least eight runners will go in the Caress Stakes. Among the eight, Grade 3 Intercontinental winner Caravel and Mark Casse trained Souper Sensational project as the favorites. Others confirmed for the Caress include Toby’s Heart, Time Limit, Intercontinental second place finisher Star Devine, Robin Sparkles, and Bout Time.
- Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 3 year old fillies
Kenny McPeek trained Butterbean is on a role. The closer has won 3 straight, including the Grade 3 Iowa Derby in her last. On Saturday, Butterbean faces the two best 3-year-old fillies in training, Belmont Stakes second place finisher Nest and Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath. The Coaching Club American Oaks won’t produce a deep field. But the race should be fantastic.
Monmouth | Saturday, July 23
- Grade 1 United Nations – 1 3/8 miles turf – 3 year olds & up
Nine runners are confirmed for this year’s United Nations. Chad Brown sends out a couple in Adhamo and Tribhuvan. Cristophe Clement trained Gufo projects as the chalk while All the Above, Epic Bromance, Kentucky Ghost, Glynn County, Mohs, and Temple will offer fair to overlay odds.
- Grade 1 Haskell Invitational – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 3 year olds
The Haskell is the next big three-year-old event after the Belmont Stakes. In this year’s Haskell, Chad Brown figures to put the saddle on the favorite. Jack Cristopher is undefeated and has a couple of grade 1 wins under his belt. Cyberknife, Taiba, We the People, and White Abbario will fight for second choice status. The two long shots will be Howling Time and three-time winner Benevengo.
Del Mar | Saturday, July 23
- Grade 2 San Clemente Stakes – 1 mile turf – 3 year olds
Under the Stars isn’t on the short list of confirmed runners who will go in the San Clemente. That’s good news for Lady T. The John Shirreffs trained runner finished second to Under the Stars in the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks in June. Others expected to run include Tezzaray from the Peter Miller barn, Paul D’Amato trained Bellabel, George Papaprodromou trained Lucky Girl, and another D’Amato runner, Island of Love.
Saratoga | Sunday, July 24
- Grade 2 Shuvee – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 4 year old fillies & mares
Sunday’s Shuvee showcases some of the top four-year-old fillies and mares in North America. Clariere beat Malathaat and Search Results in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps in her last. The Steve Asmussen trained miss hopes to repeat the Ogden victory. Malaathat and Search Results may change tactics while Brad Cox trained Bonny South should relish the extra distance. The Shuvee will be a great race.
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