2021 Top Stakes Races to Bet On From Oct. 22nd to Oct. 24th

2021 Top Stakes Races to Bet On From Oct. 22nd to Oct. 24th

Starting on Friday, October 22, Keeneland runs three stakes races, including the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run on Saturday. Belmont Park runs a couple of stakes races on Saturday, the Grade 2 Hill Prince and the Grade 3 Noble Damsel. Both races happen over Belmont’s turf course. Check out more information on the Raven Run, Hill Prince, Noble Damsel, and info for other great stakes action happening this week.  

Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Friday, Oct. 22nd to Sunday, Oct. 24th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.

Horse Racing Odds & Picks October 18th Edition

Keeneland Race Course – Friday, Oct. 22

  • Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes – 1 ½ miles turf – $150,000

At least ten horses could run in the Grade 3 Sycamore on Friday. 6-year-old gelding Spooky Channel could go off the favorite. Spooky finished second in the Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup in its last. A couple of equines with a shot include two Mike Maker trainees, Ajourneytofreedom and Glynn county. Hierarchy, from Joe Sharp’s barn, is another that will attract attention. 

Belmont Park – Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Grade 2 Hill Prince Stakes – 1 1/8 miles turf – $400,000

The biggest race of the weekend is the Grade 2 Hill Prince. Like always, if it’s a grass race at Belmont, Chad Brown has multiple contenders. Brown is pointing Founder, Sifting Sands, and Public Sector to the Hill Prince. Of the three, Public Sector will attract the most action. The Kingman sired 3-year-old has won two straight, including the Grade 3 Saranac in his last. Cristophe Clement puts the saddle on Soldier Rising, the Grade 1 Saratoga Derby second place finisher. Todd Pletcher should enter Never Surprised, who finished second to Public Sector in the Grade 3 Saranac.     

  • Grade 3 Noble Damsel – 1 mile turf – $200,000

At least eight runners will enter the Noble Damsel starting gate. Of the eight, Chad Brown trained Tamahere should go off one of the favorites. Tamahere won the Violet Stakes in her last. Anthony Dutrow trained High Opinion finished second behind Viadera in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa in her last. High Opinion should be one of the choices as will Saffie Joseph Jr. trained Shifty She.  

Keeneland Race Course – Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $250,000

Don’t be surprised if at least eleven runners step into the starting gate for the Grade 2 Raven Run. The 7-furlong race is the final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Among the contenders, 3-year-old filly Souper Sensational looks tough to beat. She finished second in the Grade 1 Test and second in the Grade 2 Prioress in her last couple of races. Cilla, who has won three of her last four and two straight, may not run and instead train up to the BC Filly & Mare Sprint. 

Keeneland Race Course – Sunday, Oct. 24

  • Grade 3 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes – 1 ½ miles turf – $150,000

Nine horses have signed up for the Grade 3 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes. Grade 3 winner La Lune finished well in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon to grab second behind Family Way. La Lune could go off at overlay odds. Brad Cox trained Adventuring looks to be in top form after winning the Dueling Ground Oaks in her last. She’ll be one of the favorites. 


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