2023 Pennine Ridge Stakes Odds, Field & Preview

Can the recent Grade 2 runner-up Far Bridge justify his position as the chalk against seven other foes after failing by just a nose in this spot last time? Here is our 2023 Pennine Ridge Stakes Odds, Field & Preview.

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2023 Pennine Ridge Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $200,000 – 1 1/8 Miles – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

We have to start with the chalk Far Bridge 9/5 ridden by Joel Rosario who after breaking the maiden tag the first time, then went on to take a $75k Optional Claimer at Gulfstream Park. But it was his last run in the Grade 2 American Turf that grabbed plenty of attention where he was off slow but closed late and fast to be beaten just a nose by one of the best three-year-olds in the US Webslinger.

Far Bridge does not help himself with his slow starts but he has produced three power-packed closing rallies and it will likely be the same again today and the extra sixteenth only gives more upside.

His biggest rival looks to be coming from the British raider Silver Knott 2/1 who is trained by Charlie Appleby. He was very disappointing when last seen in the Grade 1 2000 Guineas but US handicappers will know him well from his excellent effort in last year’s Breeders Cup where he finished second in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf by just a nose.

He won the Grade 3 Autumn Stakes before that run and he will be another that will be looking to close late and he is better drawn in gate four than his main foe in the betting.

But this is not a two-horse race and Kalik 7/2 is progressing well for the Chad Brown barn. He broke the maiden tag at the third attempt and then doubled up last time when taking a $62k Optional Claimer here at Belmont Park and that was his most impressive run to date, winning easily by three and three-quarter lengths. This is a big step up the class ladder but Brown is a master and this colt needs plenty of respect.

Two others that look interesting here include the number one gate runner Lachaise 12/1 and the recent import from the UAE Sharar 12/1.

Lachaise broke the maiden tag first time at Saratoga back in 2022 and was then stepped up the class ladder to take in the Grade 2 Pilgrim Stakes where he was a late closing third. He was then touted as a Breeders Cup prospect but did not make the lineup and has been absent since then.

This is a long layoff and he is coming back in a hot heat but recent drills have been solid and he is not taken lightly here.

Sharar is an interesting contender and his last run saw him win the Jumeirah Derby at Meydan over a mile and a quarter, so stamina will not be an issue. The question is does he have the class?

The other three runners look to have their work cut out here.

2023 Pennine Ridge Stakes Odds and Prediction

It looks near impossible to keep the chalk Far Bridge off the board and he should be battling it out late here but he might not have the class to win this.

The vote goes to SILVER KNOTT who comes from the Appleby barn, which does very well when sending over horses, and he will enjoy the better surface. He did not look comfortable on the soft turf at Newmarket and this is a significant drop down the class ladder.

There is no doubt Lachaise needs to be respected and it would not be the biggest shock if he were to win. The layoff just tempers enthusiasm but he can be battling for a slice underneath with Kalik.

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
LachaiseJose Lezcano+1300
ShararManuel Franco+1300
Belouni (FR)Jose L. Ortiz+850
Silver Knott (GB)Richard Mullen+160
CongruentFlavien Prat+1100
KalikIrad Ortiz, Jr.+375
Freedom TrailKendrick Carmouche+1300
Far BridgeJoel Rosario+200

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