2023 Muniz Memorial Classic & New Orleans Classic Odds

This Saturday March 25th all eyes will be on the iconic Fair Grounds racetrack as the famous Louisianan circuit plays host two top quality races, the 2023 Muniz Memorial Classic and the New Orleans Classic.

Both races are Grade 2 contests and have attracted some of the best horses in the country. 

The Muniz Memorial Classic is a Grade 2 turf race. This year’s renewal will see ten horses line up for their shot of glory, but all the talk pre-race has been on the Michael Maker trained Atone. This will be his first appearance since his win in the Pegasus World Cup Turf and he looks sure to start as the heavy favorite.

This year’s New Orleans Classic will be the 98th running of the famous race and eight horses will be trying to etch their names alongside the acclaimed former winners of this race. 

Likely to start as the favorite will be the winner of the Pegasus World Cup, Art Collector. His win that day was as impressive as it gets, and he will likely take all the stopping in this year’s renewal. 

Muniz Memorial Classic

Grade 2, Turf, One mile and an eighth, open to horses aged four and over. Total prize pool: $300,000

A field of ten will trot down to post for the 2023 Muniz Memorial Classic. The expected favorite for the race looks set to be Atone for Michael Maker. 

Maker has a long affinity with this race and was victorious back in 2016. He will be hoping to win this contest for the second time and has a great opportunity with Atone.

This will be Atone’s first appearance since winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf and he will be hoping to land his third successive win here.

Looking to make life difficult for Atone will be the Hugh Robertson trained Two Emmys. A winner of two of his last three starts, Two Emmys heads to this race following a Grade 3 success last time out and is looking to defend his crown following his success in this race last season. 

Clearly in good form, he knows what it takes to win here, and he will be a live danger to all in the field.

Likely to round out the top 3 in the betting will be the Jason Barkley trained Spooky Channel. Whilst his form stacks up with the top two in the betting, Spooky Channel’s career has been plagued by injury and he is only having his fourth run since October 2021. 

A multiple stakes winner, Spooky Channel has the potential to land a race of this nature and could be the value play of the contest. 

Gentle Soul and Another Mystery are two horses who will head into the race hopeful of landing the spoils. 

Gentle Soul has a fine record at Fair Grounds having won four of his last six starts at the track.  A winner of two of his last four starts, he proved to be no match for Two Emmys last time out and will be hopeful of reversing that form this time around. 

Another Mystery isn’t a prolific winner, winning only one of his last six races, but he is a runner who is remarkably consistent. He has finished inside the top 3 in four of his last five starts and another big run can be expected here.

At a price it could be worth keeping an eye on Tiz The Bomb. Trained out of the Kenny McPeek barn, Tiz The Bomb has won races at the very highest level. Injuries have curtailed his career and after having six months off the track he could only finish 6th in his reappearance a month ago.

More will be expected this time around and if back to his best he could be vastly overpriced.

2023 Muniz Memorial Classic Odds & Betting Pick

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
AtoneLuis Saez+250
Rising EmpireFlorent Geroux+2000
Gentle SoulReylu Gutierrez+500
English TavernDeshawn L. Parker+1200
Spooky ChannelJoel Rosario+450
Two EmmysJames Graham+300
Another MysteryFlavien Prat+600
Tiz the BombBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.+1000
Risk ManagerRicardo Santana, Jr.+2000
Native ThunderMitchell Murrill+3000

It is hard to look beyond the chances of Atone in this year’s Muniz Memorial. His form in the Pegasus World Cup Turf is amongst the very best on offer and he should take some stopping. Two Emmys will likely run a strong race and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him finish in second place.

New Orleans Classic

Grade 2, Dirt, One mile and an eighth, open to horses aged four and over. Total prize pool: $500,000

The New Orleans Classic is one of the most famous races in America and this Saturday’s renewal will be the 98th staging of this iconic contest.

A field of eight will battle it out for glory, with the favorite for the race expected to be the Bill Mott trained Art Collector.

Art Collector heads into the race fresh off the back of a career best performance where he won the Pegasus World Cup in taking fashion. Whilst he was a shock winner that day, his win showed all the makings of a classy horse, and his connections will hope he will be able to repeat that performance here.

For those looking to take Art Collector on, the popular selection will be West Will Power. A winner of one of his last three starts, West Will Power ran well when second in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap

A winner a few starts ago in the Grade 2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes, he knows how to win at this level and his connections will be hopeful that he can serve it up to the favorite here.

Three horses will renew rivalries from the Mineshaft Stakes that was held a month ago. A Grade 3 contest, the race was won by Pioneer of Medina who showed plenty of heart to just deny Mr Wireless.

Pioneer of Medina’s victory in the Mineshaft was the best performance of his career and his trainer Todd Pletcher will be hopeful that his charge can run to a similar level here.

Despite narrowly missing out in the Mineshaft, the Bret Calhoun trained Mr Wireless is more than capable of landing a race of this nature. 

Although he has just won one of his last four starts he has finished second in his last three outings and brings a solid level of consistency to the race. He will need a career best performance to win here but could be a player at a large price. 

Happy American ran a poor race in the Mineshaft and could only finish eighth. Prior to that race he had won his two previous starts including beating Mr Wireless in the Grade 3 Louisiana Stakes. His connections will be hoping his last run was a blip and will be hopeful of another big showing here. 

Rattle N Roll, Trafalgar and Treasury all round out the field, but all will start as large double figure prices and must be considered as outsiders for the contest. 

New Orleans Classic Odds & Betting Prediction

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
TreasuryCorey J. Lanerie+2000
Art CollectorJunior Alvarado+160
West Will PowerFlavien Prat+200
TrafalgarMitchell Murrill+3000
Rattle N RollBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.+1000
Happy AmericanJames Graham+1000
Mr. WirelessDeshawn L. Parker+800
Pioneer of MedinaLuis Saez+450

Art Collector was a superb winner of the Pegasus World Cup and is likely to start as the overwhelming favorite. West Will Power is likely to be the next best option but it remains doubtful that he will have the class to compete with the favorite here.

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