We will look at the Graded Stakes Preview for the five Graded races that fans can look forward to on Saturday. This weekend promises to be one of the busiest of the year so far in the United States, with graded action on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Matt Winn Stakes

Churchill Downs will host a Grade 3 race on Saturday, as the Matt Winn Stakes takes place. The horses involved will be three years old, and the field will compete for over 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Two Kentucky Derby contenders are likely to return to the track in this race, with both O Besos and Helium looking to kick on after finishing in fifth and eighth, respectively. However, Caddo River could be the leading contender to win this Grade 2 for trainer Brad Cox. The three-year-old sidestepped the Triple Crown meetings and looks good value to follow up a second in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby with a strong run here.

HorseJockeyOdds Courtesy of Jazzsports
READY TO POUNCEBrian Joseph Hernandez +1500
HELIUMJulien R. NLeparoux +250
O BESOSMarcelino Pedroza +200
SOUTHER PASSAGECorey J. Lanerie +2000
FULSOMEFlorent Geroux +250
HELLO HOT RODFrancisco Arrieta +2000
SITTIN ON GOJoseph Talamo +800
GAME DAY PLAYDavid Cohen +800

Regret Stakes

Another Grade 3 contest that will be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday will be the Regret Stakes. Fillies that are three years old will be able to enter this race, which is run over 1 1/8 miles on turf. Barista and Line Dancing both produced strong runs in the Grade 2 Edgewood, while Postnup and Spanish Loveaffair were slightly disappointed in the same Grade 2 last time out. Oyster Box finished strong to claim fourth in the Memories of Silver Stakes, but our preference is for Il Malocchio. The three-year-old showed great improvement last time out to finish second in an allowance at Keeneland, and she should be a contender in Grade 3 company.

HorseJockeyOdds Courtesy of Jazzsports
OYSTER BOXChris Landeros+600
MUNNYFOR RODrayden Van Dyke+1200
LINE DANCINGJulien R. Leparoux+1200
SPANISH LOVEAFFAIRTyler Gaffalione+250
BARISTAJames Graham+500
POSTNUPBrian Joseph Hernandez+1200
GAM’S MISSIONAdam Beschizza+500
FLOWNRicardo Santana Jr+450
SARANYAFlorent Geroux+500

Charles Whittingham Stakes

The graded action continues at Santa Anita on Saturday with the Charles Whittingham Stakes. Horses aged three and older can compete in this Grade 2, which covers a distance of 1 ¼ miles. Red King will return after finishing fifth in the Hollywood Turf Cup, while Acclimate may also attract attention after finishing third in the Crystal Water Stakes. However, it looks difficult to go against United for trainer Richard Mandella, who won the Grade 3 San Luis Rey on his last run and won this race 12 months ago.

HorseJockeyOdds Courtesy of Jazzsports
ACCLIMATERicardo Gonzalez+600
AWARD WINNERJuan J Hernandez+800
RED KINGUnberto Rispoli+160
UNITEDFlavien Prat-140

Daytona Stakes

Santa Anita will also host the Grade 3 Daytona Stakes this weekend, with a talented field of ten likely to go to post. Horses aged four and older will travel across six and a half furlongs on the turf in this race. Border Town, Fight On, and Stubbins have clear graded form coming into this. However, we are prepared to take a chance on Gregorian Chant, who has won his last three, including the Grade 3 San Simeon in March.

HorseJockeyOdds Courtesy of Jazzsports
MAJESTIC EAGLEMario Gutierrez+500
BOMBARDFlavien Prat+120
JAMMING EDDYTyler Baze+800
COMMANDERJuan J. Hernandez+500

Triple Bend

To conclude our Graded Stakes preview, the Grade 2 Triple Bend will also take place at Santa Anita on Saturday, as the field competes over seven furlongs on dirt. Law Abidin Citizen looks open to improvement after finishing third in the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Handicap. However, Flagstaff looks the strongest pick, as the John Sadler-trainer horse comes into this after winning his last two at Graded company. His most recent victory came in the Grade 1 Churchill Downs Stakes at the beginning of May.

HorseJockeyOdds Courtesy of Jazzsports
EXAULTEDAbel Cedillo +400
LAMBEAUEdwin A. Maldonado+250
SHOOTERS SHOOTUmberto Rispoli+400
MAGIC ON TAPJuan J. Hernandez+350
EIGHT RINGSFlavien Prat+180

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