How to Bet the Valedictory Stakes

Melmich - Michael Burns Photography Want to take on a difficult handicapping challenge this weekend? Then come join me in analyzing Sunday’s $125,000 Valedictory Stakes (gr. III) at Woodbine. The uncommon (and very testing) 1 ¾-mile distance would make this race tricky to handicap even if it were being run on dirt or turf, the two most common racing surfaces in North America. Add in the fact that it is actually being conducted over the synthetic Tapeta track [...]

Looking for Longshots in the Valedictory Stakes

The final stakes race of the 2017 Woodbine meet will be held this Sunday, and believe me, it’s a good one. It’s not every day that you get to see a field of talented stakes competitors vie for supremacy in a 1 ¾-mile marathon, but those are the conditions of the $125,000 Valedictory Stakes (gr. III), one of the longest graded stakes races held in North America each year. In handicapping the race, all eyes will be on #11 Melmich, [...]