The Woodford Stakes and Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes run at Keeneland on Saturday, and despite attracting small fields, they should be quality races.
The Wesley Ward-trained Golden Pal makes his return to American racing in the Woodford, but he won’t have it all his own way.
An even horse racing betting field lines up in the Thoroughbred Club, so bettors get value odds throughout the day at Keeneland.
Golden Pal All the Rage
The Ward-trained 3-year-old went to the Nunthorpe Stakes last start in England and came up short, but his form in the U.S. is stellar.
Racing in Europe is a different beast, as the colt by Uncle Mo found out. He wasn’t able to improve on his Norfolk Stakes placing as a 2-year-old, but his win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland is an excellent form guide.
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He defeated a quality field to win the Grade II race, before returning this year to win the Grade III Quick Call at Saratoga. The win over Omaha City rates highly, and although he has traveled since, he is an adaptable type.
The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint is the ultimate goal, but bettors should be confident with the odds available at the sportsbook. He can hit the ground running and put the Woodford Stakes field to bed.
County Final to Bridge Gap
There was a fair distance between Golden Pal and County Final when they last met in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but the 3-year-old colt has improved since.
Despite not winning since winning the Tyro at Monmouth Park in August last year, he has notched some handy performances this season.
The Steven Asmussen-trained colt finished second behind Gretzky the Great in the Greenwood Stakes, which should be a solid form guide for the Woodford Stakes.
His most recent effort was a sixth in the Franklin Simpson, but he found them slightly too tough.
It could pay to follow betting online markets for positive moves for County Final. He’s a runner that can attract sizable wagers, and each-way odds should be available.
Frank’s Rockette is Consistent
The 4-year-old filly has had only one poor run from her 15-start career, which is quite some effort.
That run came when finishing 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint behind Whitmore, but she rebounded with a win in the American Beauty, before placing in three consecutive races.
We think that form bodes well for the Thoroughbred Club Stakes, and she has won big races in the past. The daughter of Into Mischief won the Grade III Victory Ride, and Grade II Prioress and Gallant Boom Handicap.
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Trainer Bill Mott was disappointed with her Breeders’ Cup effort, but she has blossomed into a nice type.
“She’s actually seemed to have blossomed a little bit quicker this year,” Mott told The Paulick Report. “Last year, she stayed a little light in the early part of the winter and really didn’t start looking good until like midsummer. But she seems like she’s carrying good flesh and doing quite well right at the moment.”
The biggest threat to Frank’s Rockette is defending champion Inthemidstofbiz, who has raced only once since the victory.
She defeated a quality field on that occasion, before returning to finish fourth in the Satin and Lace Stakes at Presque Isle Downs.
Owner Cipriano Contreras was over the moon when winning last year, especially considering she was claimed for cheap at Oaklawn Park.
“We got lucky today. She’s getting better and better,” Contreras said. “We claimed this filly at Oaklawn Park. She started running better, and we took a shot. It worked out.”