Chicago Stakes Odds & Betting Picks

Matareya is the headline star ahead of this year’s Chicago Stakes. Looking to land her second successive graded stakes victory following her victory last time out in the Grade 1 2023 Derby City Distaff, she is expected to be the heavy pre-race favorite.

Despite her presence at the top of the market, she won’t have it all her own way and will have to shake off the attentions of the Steve Asmussen trained Society who is looking for her first graded success since being victorious in the 2022 Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes.

Breeders Cup Odds

Chicago Stakes

Grade 3, seven furlongs, dirt, open to fillies and mares aged four and over. Total prize pool $225,000

Just six horses will head down to post for this year’s Chicago Stakes. One of Ellis Park’s best races of the year, the Brad Cox trained Matareya is expected to go off as the short -priced favorite following her victory last time out in the Grade 1 Derby City Distaff Stakes.

In what was a gutsy display, she was able finish ahead of two of America’s finest fillies Goodnight Olive and Wicked Halo to land the second Grade 1 prize of her career. 

A multiple graded winner who boasts the best form heading into this year’s Chicago Stakes she will start as the one they will all need to beat.

Hoping to catch Matareya on an off day will be the Steve Asmussen trained Society. Winless in her last three, her connections will hope that a return to slightly calmer waters could see her return to her best. 

Successful in last year’s Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes, she has found life tough since and was only able to finish 9th when last seen in the 2023 La Troienne Stakes

She looks well held on form with Matareya but will head into the contest looking to push her all the way.

Likely to round out the top three in the pre-race betting is the Bret Calhoun trained Hidden Connection. A solid performer at this level, she is now winless in her last four starts but has come very close to winning her first graded prize.

Near misses in the 2023 Grade 3 Doubledogdare Stakes and 2023 Houston Ladies Classic suggest that if the top two in the market fail to fire, she is more than capable of picking up the pieces. 

Be Like Water, Stella Noir and Drifaros are all likely to start the race as double figure prices. Of the three it’s Drifaros who is the most likely to cause the upset. 

A winner of two of her last three starts, she ran well to finish second in the 2023 Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes. For those looking to back horses at longer prices, Drifaros could be the horse for you.

Chicago Stakes Odds & Betting Pick

An intriguing Chicago Stakes awaits but it’s hard to see beyond Matareya. A multiple Grade 1 winner, she should have too much class for this field and looks the safest bet in the race. 

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
Hidden ConnectionLuis SaezBret Calhoun+300
MatareyaFlavien PratBrad Cox-180
Be Like WaterBrian HernandezVictoria Oliver+2000
Stella NoirJames GrahamKen Desmormeaux+2000
SocietyTyler GaffalioneSteve Asmussen+200
DrifarosMartin GarciaTeresa Pompay+1500

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