Saturday’s Horse Racing “Best Bet” Events

Coming off last Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga as the final major prep race, anticipation for this year’s Kentucky Derby continues to grow.

With victories in the Travers and June’s Belmont Stakes, New York-bred Tiz the Law is the clear three-year old to beat in the 2020 Kentucky Derby. That race will be part of Churchill Downs’ race card on Saturday, Sept. 5.

In the meantime, this Saturday’s horse racing action at your favorite online sportsbook offers a Grade 1 event at Saratoga Race Course for three-year old fillies. Also on the card at this popular upstate New York track is Saturday’s Saratoga Derby.

Saratoga Derby- Saturday, Aug 15

The Saratoga Derby is an ungraded stakes race open to three-year old Thoroughbreds. The race will be contested on the turf track at Saratoga covering a total distance of 1 3/16 miles.

Mid-week, Horse Racing Nation has seven contenders listed as probable for this race. They all have an official HRN rating led by Decorated Invader at 6.36. Trained by Christophe Clement, this Kentucky-bred colt is coming off a big win in this year’s Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga on July 18.

This was his third victory in a row and his fifth win in seven career events. The son of Declaration of War took fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf as his only finish out of the money.

You should also look at trainer Mike Maker’s Field Pass when betting exotics in this race. He would have the second-highest rating in the projected field at 6.20. This three-year old Maryland-bred colt took first in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes on the turf at Keeneland on July 12. He covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.56.

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Alabama Stakes- Saturday, Aug. 15

The main event of the day is open to three-year old fillies. Run on the dirt at Saratoga, this Grade 1 event covers 1 ¼ miles in total distance.

HRN has listed 10 entries as either probable or possible for this race. All but one are rated. Trainer Ken McPeek is expected to go with his prized filly Swiss Skydiver in this year’s Alabama. She gave the boys a run for their money her last time out with a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on July 11.

Art Collector won that race as one of the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby. She will most likely have strong odds to win the Kentucky Oaks as a +500 second-favorite behind Gamine on the futures odds for that race. Sired by Daredevil, she won the Grade 2 Santa Anita Oaks on June 6. Her winning time for the 1 1/8 miles on dirt was 1:48.11.

Famed trainer Bob Baffert is looking to run Crystal Ball in the Alabama. Her HRN rating improved to 5.42 coming off a second-place finish in this year’s Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga on July 18. That experience over 1 1/8 miles on the same dirt should serve the Kentucky-bred filly well in Saturday’s race.

Two more probable fillies you can add to the mix in this race are Pleasant Orb and Bonny South if they get a chance to run.

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