2022 Cougar II Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

On Sunday, a few interesting races will be held at the Del Mar Race Course. On the dirt surface, seven horses will meet up in the G3 2022 Cougar II Stakes, where smart Tizamagician will attempt to win the race for the second time in a row, while Smooth Like Strait is the real star of the Listed Wickerr Stakes on the turf track

Cougar II Stakes

Three-year-old and older horses will clash in this G3 dirt race over a mile and a half. The purse of $125,000 lured in a field of seven contestants, among which Tizamagician is the number one victory candidate.

The five-year-old horse trained by Richard Mandella has been a reliable Graded runner collecting several places, while in 2021, he even ran in second in the G1 Pacific Classic after bagging the last year’s Cougar II Stakes. Although he’s about to hit the track for the first time in 2022, Tizamagician must be a favourite here as even his most serious rival, Haywoods Beach, doesn’t seem entirely ready to better him.

Taking third place in the Cougar II Stakes in 2021, the five-year-old horse returned to action in May 2022, finishing fifth in the G1 Shoemaker Mile Stakes. Besides these two participants, Dicey Mo Chara could also be a decent G3 performer, while six-year-old Extra Hope is a G3 winner with an affinity toward the Del Mar track and needs to be respected here.

Of the remaining trio Dean MartiniOrder and LawWin the Day – the former looks most appealing here; the G3 Ohio Derby 2020 scorer is only a place contender, though.              

2022 Cougar II Stakes Betting Prediction

Tizamagician, who has displayed the most class of all participants and should become a back-to-back winner of the race.

Dicey Mo Chara (GB)Drayden Van Dyke+400
TizamagicianJuan J. Hernandez+160
Heywoods BeachRamon A. Vazquez+250
Extra HopeTyler Baze+400
Order and LawUmberto Rispoli+1200
Dean MartiniEdwin A. Maldonado+800
Win the DayDiego A. Herrera+2000

Wickerr Stakes

Thirteen three-year-old and older horses will clash over the distance of one mile in this Listed race. On the turf surface, Smooth Like Strait is the obvious choice to strike gold and earn most of the purse of $100,000 thanks to his admirably consistent results at the Graded stage.

The five-year-old horse achieved his first G3 win in 2019 and added another one in 2020; however, Smooth Like Strait bagged also two G2 events, and in 2021, the Michael McCarthy bound bay scored the G1 Shoemaker Mile Stakes.

Since then, he has collected five second places and one third place either at the G2 or G1 level, including running in second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Therefore, the son of Midnight Lute should be an absolute no-brainer in a Listed company.                           

The rest of the field shouldn’t bother him at first sight, but at the Graded stage, Gregorian Chant can deliver a decent run and, together with Bran, showing off a fine form in the last months, should fight for the places. Storm the Court and Indian Peek are also considered to hit the board. 

Wickerr Stakes Betting Pick

Smooth Like Strait, who is way above his rivals in terms of class. He just shouldn’t lose here.

Irideo (ARG)Hector Isaac Berrios+1500
TesoroArmando Ayuso+5000
Sword Zorro (IRE)Ryan Curatolo+1500
Gregorian Chant (GB)Umberto Rispoli+600
I’mgonnabesomebodyKyle Frey+5000
Navy Armed GuardFrank T. Alvarado+2000
Bran (FR)Florent Geroux+500
Storm the CourtAbel Cedillo+800
Indian PeakRamon A. Vazquez+800
Majestic EagleEdwin A. Maldonado+1200
Kentucky PharoahDeclan Cannon+2000
Smooth Like StraitJuan J. Hernandez+120
Me and Mr. CJoe Bravo+1200

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