La Jolla Handicap Odds, Field & Betting Prediction

Eight horses will head to post for this year’s La Jolla Handicap. In what looks to be a competitive renewal, all eyes will be on the John Sadler trained Panic Alarm who will be having her first American start since moving from legendary Irish trainer Jessica Harrington. 

Breeders Cup Odds

La Jolla Handicap

Grade 3, One mile and a sixteenth, turf, open to horses aged three. Total prize pool $150,000

John Sadler last won this race back in 2010 and will be hoping to claim a second victory in the race with Panic Alarm

This will be his first US start following a solid European career which included two victories. A lister performer, the strength of her form is solid and he could play a leading role in proceedings. 

Another horse who has recently made the move from Europe to the States is Zalamo. Twice a winner in his native France, he was unable to make a dent in Group company. He had his first American run in the 2023 Oceanside Stakes where he could only finish ninth. Plenty more will be needed here if he is to win his first American race. 

Henry Q is bound to be a popular selection. A convincing winner of the 2023 Mine That Bird Derby, he then backed that performance up when he finished third in the 2023 Sunland Park Derby. He found life hard last time out in the 2023 Ohio Derby, but back in calmer waters his chances can’t be discounted. 

John Shirreffs is another trainer who is looking to win the La Jolla for a second time. He saddles Smart Mo who will be having just his third career start. An impressive winner on debut, he was pitched straight into the 2023 Los Alamitos Derby where he found the pace too quick and could only finish last. 

Hoping he will be better for the experience, he could be one to watch with real interest. 

Agency has had two graded starts so far in his career and is bound to be a strong fancy here. A second place finish in the 2022 Best Pal Stakes is amongst the best form on offer. Whilst he ran poorly in the 2023 Oceanside Stakes last time out, he will be hopeful of bouncing back.

Maltese Falcon is yet to taste success but came close when he produced the best result of his career when he finished second in the 2023 Cinema Stakes. Whilst he may not be an obvious selection, the nature of that run certainly doesn’t leave him without a hope.

Justin’s Legacy finally got off the mark at the fourth time of asking but showed his potential when powering clear of his rivals. Following that victory he finds himself pitched straight into graded company and at a price he could be one of the best value angles of the race. 

2023 La Jolla Handicap Horse Betting Odds

A competitive renewal of the La Jolla awaits as all eight runners will head into the race with a real chance. Agency has already proved his form at this level and looks to have a great chance of landing his first graded prize. 

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds by JazzSports
Smart MoJoe BravoJohn Shirreffs +800
AgencyRamon VazquezMark Glatt +400
Maltese FalconJuan HernandezLeonard Powell +250
Justin’s LegacyHector BerriosAmador Sanchez +1200
Panic AlarmUmberto RispoliJohn Sadler +200
Kid AztecaAssael EspinozaPeter Miller +2000
Henry QAntonio FresuDoug O’Neill +600
ZalamoMike SmithLeonard Powell +800

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