2022 Top Stakes to Bet On: 3 Great Graded Races and 1st Major Kentucky Derby Prep

2022 Top Stakes to Bet On: 3 Great Graded Races and 1st Major Kentucky Derby Prep

The Fair Grounds has a massive Saturday card. Four graded races take place, including the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra and the first major Kentucky Derby prep of the year, the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes. Also on Saturday at the Fair Grounds, is the Grade 3 Mineshaft. 

Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, Feb. 19th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks. 

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Gulfstream Park – Saturday, Feb. 19

  • Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint – 6 furlongs dirt – 4 year olds and up

Top sprinter Mischievous Alex took last year’s running. This year, Saffie Joseph Jr. trained Drain the Clock figures to go off the chalk with Francatelli, Diamond Oops from the Patrick Biancone barn, Miles Ahead, and Gatsby all in the running to go off second choice. 

Fair Grounds Racetrack – Saturday, Feb. 19

  • Grade 3 Fair Grounds Stakes – 1 1/8 miles turf – 4 year olds and up

11 horses have entered to run in the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Stakes. Colonel E. Bradley Stakes winner Forty Under will attract some action. The chalk could end up Grade 1 Hollywood Derby second-place finisher Santin. If you’re looking for a dog, consider Largent from the Todd Pletcher barn. Luis Saez picks up the reigns aboard the Into Mischief sired runner.   

  • Grade 3 Mineshaft Stakes – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 4 year olds 

Silver Prospector didn’t run in this past Saturday’s Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn in order to race in the Mineshaft on Saturday. The Steve Asmussen trainee will go off no better than second choice. Title Ready, who ran eighth in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup in his last, and Grade 3 Discovery winner Miles D will also attract action. 

  • Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra – 1 1/16 miles dirt – 3 year old fillies

Robertino Diodoro will saddle one of the favorites in Grade 2 Golden Rod winner Dream Lith. Dream Lith figures to battle it out with fourth-place Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies finisher Hidden Connection for favoritism. La Crete, the Steve Asmussen trained Silverbulletday winner will get plenty of attention. So will Todd Pletcher trained Goddess of Fire and Doug O’Neil’s runner, Awake at Midnyte.   

  • Grade 2 Risen Star – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 3 year olds 

Kenny McPeek figures to saddle the favorite to win the Grade 2 Risen Star. Smile Happy won the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club in his last. Doug O’Neil’s Slow Down Andy won the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity in his last and will get plenty of attention. So will Zandon from the Chad Brown barn and Steve Asmussen trained Epicenter.  

Santa Anita Park – Sunday, Feb. 20

  • Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes – 6 ½ furlongs turf – 4 year olds and up

The San Simeon could see a full field of 12 horses. California Flag Handicap winner Indian Peak returns to sprinting. Don’t surprised if the Ruben Alvarado trained runner goes off the favorite. Team Merchants, from the Doug O’Neil barn, Carlo Gaines trained Mesut, Richard Mandella trained Bombard, and another Alvarado runner, Commander, should also attract action. 


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