Five graded races are on this weekend’s thoroughbred racing calendar. Keeneland runs the Grade 3 Sycamore and the Grade 1 QEII Challenge Cup on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the Lexington, Kentucky based track runs the Grade 3 Franklin Stakes. On Saturday, Aqueduct runs the Grade 2 Sands Point. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Friday, October 14th to Sunday, October 16th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds, Picks, and Betting Analysis | October 10th Edition
Keeneland | Friday, Oct. 14
- Grade 3 Sycamore – 1 ½ miles turf – 3 year olds & up
Connections for fourteen runners are looking to enter the Grade 3 Sycamore. No doubt, the runner that will attract the most action is Arklow trained by Brad Cox. Red Knight, Highland Chief from the Graham Motion barn, Channel Maker trained by Bill Mott, and Mike Maker trained Keystone Field should also attract money.
Woodbine | Saturday, Oct. 15
- Grade 3 Ontario Fashion – 6 furlongs artificial – 3 year olds & up
No word yet on which runners will line up for the Ontario Fashion. Amalfi Coast won last year’s running followed by Summer Sunday and Golden Vision. In 2020, Painting beat Victory Kingdom and Sav. No matter who ends up in the starting gate, one thing is for sure, the Ontario Fashion should be an excellent, competitive race. Make sure to handicap every entrant before throwing down money.
Aqueduct | Saturday, Oct. 15
- Grade 2 Sands Point – 1 1/8 miles turf – 3 year old fillies
At least five runners are pointing to the Grade 2 Sands Point. Chad Brown, like he often does in turf races at a New York track, should saddle the favorite in Eminent Victor. The 3-year-old filly finished fifth in the Lake Placid in her last.
She’s better than that. We should expect a bounce back performance for sure. Trainer Christophe Clement plans on saddling a couple.
The first is Pizza Bianca. She won the Hilltop in May and will look to bounce back after a disappointing eighth in the Grade 1 Coronation Stakes at Ascot in her last.
Clements other runner is Canisy. She finished fifth in the Grade 3 Jockey Club Oaks in her last. Vergara and Spirit of Glory may also run.
Keeneland | Saturday, Oct. 15
- Grade 1 QEII Challenge Cup – 1 1/8 miles turf – 3 year olds
Horseplayers should expect a full field for this Saturday’s QEII Challenge Cup. No doubt, the two favorites will be Dolce Zel and McKulick, both from the Chad Brown barn.
Dolce Zel finished third in the Grade 2 Lake Placid in her last. Before the Lake Placid, Dolce had won the Grade 3 Lake George.
McKulick finished third in the Saratoga Oaks two races back. She won the Grade 3 Jockey Club Oaks in her last. Based on McKulick’s and Dolce Zel’s form, all other entrants may be running for third.
Keeneland | Sunday, Oct. 16
- Grade 3 Franklin Stakes – 5 ½ furlongs dirt – 3 year old fillies & up
Eight runners are confirmed for Sunday’s Franklin Stakes. Wesley Ward will saddle a couple, Illegal Smile and Twilight Gleaming.
Brad Cox saddles Caravel. Brian Lynch has a contender in Toby’s Heart. Another contender looks to be Eddie Keneally trained Brooke Marie. Make sure to handicap this ultra-competitive event.