Santa Anita Park doesn’t open for their short fall meet until Oct. 1, which is why this weekend’s graded stakes races happen at Belmont Park. Gulfstream runs a few top non-graded races. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, September 25th to Sunday, September 26th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds & Picks September 20th Edition
Gulfstream Park – Saturday, Sep. 25
- My Dear Girl Stakes – 1/16 miles dirt – $400,000
The My Dear Girl Stakes is a race for 2-year-old fillies. It’s restricted to Florida breds, which is why Outfoxed figures to go off close to even money or possibly below even money. Outfoxed won the $200,000 Susan’s Girl by 13 ½ lengths. Try to beat her at your own peril.
- In Reality Stakes – 1/16 miles dirt – $400,000
The In Reality Stakes could be a 2-horse race. Octane beat Cajun’s Magic by 3 ¼ lengths in the $200,000 Affirmed. Betting figures to settle on one of those two likely favorites. The horse that finished third in the Affirmed, Big And Classy, may also get some play.
Belmont Park – Saturday, Sep. 25
- Grade 3 Athenia Stakes – 1 1/8 miles turf – $200,000
At least six runners are likely to enter the starting gate for the Grade 3 Athenia Stakes. Chad Brown trained Call Me Love could go off the chalk. She finished seventh in her last, the Grade 2 Glen Falls, but ran into monster War Like Goddess in that. Call Me Love won the River Memories over Belmont’s turf two races back. Other runners for the Athenia include Brown trained Pocket Square, Tuned from the Graham Motion barn, Platinum Paynter, Lake Lucerne, and Neil Drysdale trained Love And Peace.
- Grade 2 Kelso Handicap – 1 mile dirt – $300,000
So far, connections for just 2 horses have said they will enter into the Grade 2 Kelso. One of the runners is Todd Pletcher trained Life Is Good. The gigantic 3-year-old finished second behind top sprinter Jackie’s Warrior in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial at Saratoga in his last. The H. Allen Jerkens was Life Is Good’s first race since beating Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit in the Grade 2 San Felipe this past March.
Mike Maker trained Mo Mosa will also run. The 4-year-old colt isn’t in great form. Maker doesn’t run them unless he believes they can win. So if the top trainer enters Mo Mosa, expect a big effort.
Belmont Park – Sunday, Sep. 26
- Bertram F. Bongard Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $150,000
Hold the Salsa, Lookin for Trouble, and Brooklyn Strong finished first, second, and third in the 2020 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes. Expect another group of tough 2-year-old colts to step into the starting gate on Sunday. The Bertram F. Bongard can produce an overlay winner. So make sure to handicap every angle before deciding on which horse to back.
- Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Stakes – 6 ½ furlongs dirt – $250,000
At least five talented fillies will run in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom on Sunday. Rudy Rodriguez trained Bella Sofia will be tough to beat. The Awesome Patriot sired filly won the Grade 1 Test in her last when beating Souper Sensational and Search Results.
Godolphin owned and Bill Mott trained Lake Avenue has finished second in her last three races, including finishing behind Gamine, the top-rated filly or mare sprinter on the planet, in the Grade 1 Ballerina in her last. Lake Avenue has a shot.
Estilo Talentoso, Don’t Call Me Mary, and Victim of Love should also enter. Among the three, Estilo Talentoso has the best shot of beating the two chalks. She finished second behind Ce Ce in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney at Gulfstream Park in July.