Why I’m betting Shancelot in the Amsterdam Stakes

Shancelot winning an optional claiming race at Monmouth Park - © Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO “The best horse I’ve ever trained.” Those were the words trainer Jorge Navarro used to describe #12 Shancelot after the son of Shanghai Bobby dominated a June 23 six-furlong optional-claiming race at Monmouth Park by 6 1/4 lengths. Now Navarro’s belief will be put to the test, when Shancelot breaks from the far outside post in Sunday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. Considering Navarro [...]

How to Bet the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes

Promises Fulfilled winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography The first graded stakes race on the Travers Day card is the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1.) The event formerly known as the King’s Bishop Stakes is contested at seven furlongs over the main track. The field is led by the impressive winner of the Dwyer Stakes (G3) #8 Firenze Fire. The son of Poseidon’s Warrior had a strong two-year-old campaign capturing [...]

Speed Horses Could Have Advantage in Amsterdam Stakes

Promises Fulfilled winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography There are plenty of reasons why bettors might be drawn to the chances of #3 Engage and #5 Strike Power in Saturday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. Their credentials are obvious. Engage won the Futurity Stakes (gr. III) last fall and has never finished out of the exacta in six starts for top trainer Chad Brown; in addition; he finished [...]