Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, Hollywood Turf Cup & Clark Handicap Betting Odds
As my readers know, I’m a Louisville guy, so I’ll start with the Churchill Downs action. I’d like to see a little bigger field than the eight-horse group that will take the track Friday for the Clark, but the field is big enough and doesn’t lack for quality.
Looking at the action this weekend, here, are my 5 Big Takeaways:
- Seeking the Soul (8/5) has hit the board in 7 of 9 starts at CD and ran great to be second behind City of Light in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He’s the horse to beat in the Clark, but he is beatable.
- Bravazo (9/2) seems over the top in the Clark. Too many trips to the mountain. He’ll run well, but won’t win.
- Chicago Style (3/1) looks like a nice pick to me in a fairly wide-open renewal of the Hollywood Turf. This horse should stretch nicely after finishing a fine fifth in the Lure Stakes going a flat mile.
- Knicks Go will be the likely favorite in the Kentucky Jockey Club despite going off at 70/1 and 40/1 in his last two starts
- Tracksmith is an interesting turf to dirt horse in the aforementioned KY Jockey Club. He’s bred for the dirt and should give an honest account.
Picks and prices
This game requires opinions and lukewarm opinions are no good. I like some horses in these three races this weekend, so without further ado I’ll present my top picks based on value and merit.
Top choice: Seeking the Soul/Clark Handicap
This guy ran lights-out in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, but lost to a freak in City of Light. There are no freaks in the Clark, and Seeking the Soul could actually go to post around his morning line price of 8/5. There’s nothing to get super excited about in terms of value here, but this is a solid play. Seeking the Soul is sitting on go and loves Churchill Downs.
Second best bet: Chicago Style/Holywood Turf Cup
I think the Holywood Turf Cup will produce a driving finish where several runners appear to have a chance to pull down the victory. That being said, I like Chicago Style to do just enough to break away from the pack late. He’s been consistently faster than most in here and appears to be coming into the race the right way for trainer Tom Proctor.
Third best bet: Dunph/KY Jockey Club
This runner is intriguing. He looks to be bred for grass, but has been nothing short of spectacular winning his first two starts on dirt. Dunph broke his maiden by over eight lengths in his debut at Penn National and came back to win the Spendthrift Juvenile by nearly the same margin at Churchill. He’ll go two turns for the first time, but this runner is a big talent.
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