Two heavy hitters have joined the lineup of horse racing tracks offering live cards. While most of the sports betting world is still grounded, horse betting continues to fill the board with coast-to-coast action on a daily basis.
Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday’s card offers a trio of major graded events at two of the biggest tracks in the country.
Both Santa Anita Park in Southern California and Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky are open for business to raise the stakes for bettors looking for some major stakes racing action.
Horse Racing Picks and Info for May 23rd, 2020
Santa Anita Park
This Grade 3 sprint is open to four year and older thoroughbreds. The race will be run on the turf course at Santa Anita covering a quick 5 ½ furlongs.
This event should be a great addition to the entire race card on Saturday and provide even more racebook action.
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The field is expected to be rather small with six contenders listed on Horse Racing Nation as possible. If trainer John Sadler decides to run Cistron, this six-year old veteran should go off as the morning line favorite.
He would be tough to bet against at such a short distance. Going back to January of 2019, this son of The Factor has finished first or second in six of seven events. He won the Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita on March 21 covering the 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.68.
Charles Whittingham Stakes
The featured race of the day at Santa Anita is a Grade 2 event open to three year and older thoroughbreds. This turf race will cover 1 ¼ miles.
Another small field is expected for this graded event. Right now, the list of probable entries at HRN contains six contenders.
Five of those horses have a HRN rating led by United at 7.74. Trained by Richard Mandell, this five-year old Kentucky-bred gelding is coming off a victory at Santa Anita in this year’s Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes. Covering the same length of this Saturday’s race, his winning time was 1:59.04.
Sired by Giant’s Causeway, this was his sixth-straight finish in the money. A few other probable entries to watch would be Standard Deviation e Instilled Regard.
Matt Winn Stakes
This Grade 3 event is open to three-year old thoroughbreds. It will be contested on the dirt at Churchill covering 1 1/16 miles in total distance.
The Matt Winn is normally run after the Kentucky Derby, but this year’s race will carry qualifying points for the rescheduled Run for The Roses on Sept. 5. This has helped attract a rather deep field for the featured event on this Saturday’s card.
Right now, HRN has the field set at nine with probables.
Eight of those horses are carrying a HRN rating led by Mr. Big News at 6.59. Trained by Bret Calhoun, he should also go off as the morning line favorite coming off a big victory in the ungraded Oaklawn Stakes on April 11. This Kentucky-bred colt started his three-year old campaign by finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fairgrounds.
Trainer Linda Rice’s Max Player is also coming into this race fresh off a victory. This three-year old Kentucky-bred colt won the Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct back on Feb. 1.
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