Personal Ensign Stakes Odds, Field & Racing Picks

This weekend, Saratoga will hold one of the best race cards of the season which is headlined by the Grade 1 Travers Stakes. However, it shouldn’t just be the Travers that attracts all the attention. On Friday August 25th it will be the turn of the girls in this year’s renewal of the Personal Ensign Stakes. 

With a top-class field gathered, multiple Grade 1 winner Nest will start as the favorite. 

On the undercard of the Personal Ensign will be the Smart N Fancy Stakes where Roses for Debra will hope to win her fourth race of the season. 

Check the 2023 Personal Ensign Stakes and Smart N Fancy Stakes Recap

Breeders Cup Odds

Personal Ensign Stakes

Grade 1, 1 mile and an eighth, dirt, open to fillies & mares aged four and over. Total prize pool: $500,000

Just six horses will head down to post for this year’s Personal Ensign Stakes but there is certainly no shortage of quality. 

Likely to head the market is the Todd Pletcher trained Nest. A multiple Graded winner, she has won eight of her twelve career starts and has won all three appearances at Saratoga. 

A winner of the 2022 Alabama Stakes and 2022 Beldame Stakes, she ran poorly when finishing fourth in the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

She has been lightly raced since, having made just one start which came in the 2023 Shuvee Stakes. A good winner that day she beat Clairiere by two lengths. Anything close to that performance will see her mightily hard to beat. 

For the third race in succession Nest and Clairiere will resume rivalries. Of the two Clairiere has been far the busier, winning both the 2023 Ogden Phipps Stakes and 2023 Apple Blossom Stakes. In between those victories have been defeats in the Shuvee and Azeri Stakes. 

Judged on the Shuvee she looks to have plenty to find with Nest, but if running to her best she has shown she can beat her rival as she showed back in the 2022 Breeders’ Cup.

Finishing ahead of Clairiere in the Azeri was Secret Oath. Since that victory she has been winless in her last three. When last seen in the 2023 Ogden Phipps she finished well down the field in fifth and will need to run much better here if she is to land the biggest prize of her career.

Idiomatic has had a fine 2023 winning five of her six races. Starting the year in Allowance company she has got better with each run and her win in the Grade 2 2023 Delaware Handicap was the best result of her career. 

Whilst this is a much sterner test, her recent credentials can’t be knocked, and she looks to hold a live chance. 

The two outsiders of the field are Sixtythreecaliber and Malloy. Sixtythreecaliber has been highly tried but has finished behind several of these horses on numerous occasions and looks to have another difficult task. 

The same can be said of Malloy. This will be the most competitive race she has ever participated in and if she were to win it would be one of the biggest shocks in recent memory. 

Personal Ensign Stakes Odds & Racing Prediction

Despite the high-class nature of the field, it’s impossible to look beyond the credentials of Nest. Although she has been beaten in the past, the nature of her win in the 2023 Shuvee was impressive, and she is the one they will all need to beat. 

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds from Jazzsports
IdiomaticFlorent GerouxBrad Cox+300
MalloyDylan DavisWayne Catalano+5000
Secret OathLuis SaezD. Wayne Lukas+800
SixtythreecaliberKendrick CarmoucheThomas Amoss+1500
NestIrad OrtizTodd Pletcher-180
ClairiereJoel RosarioSteve Asmussen+250

Smart N Fancy Stakes

Grade 3, 5 and a half furlongs, turf, open to fillies & mares aged four and over. Total prize pool: $150,000

A field of eight are due to head down to post for this year’s Smart N Fancy Stakes. With the contest looking wide open, the favorite for the race is Roses for Debra.

Since making the move to Christophe Clement she has been in sparkling form winning all three of her races. She heads into the race following a convincing win in the 2023 Caress Stakes. That win smacked of a horse with huge potential, and she rightly starts as the one they will need to beat. 

Self Isolation will hope to give the favorite something to think about. A winner of multiple Allowance races she is yet to compete in a Graded contest. That will change this weekend and she could take the step up in class in her stride. 

One of the oldest horses in the contest will be Bluefield. Another who has excelled in Allowance company, she heads into the race following a promising second in the 2023 Saylorville Stakes. That form rates as some of the strongest in the contest.

Bubble Rock has won at this level before when poking her head in front in both the 2022 Mrs Revere Stakes and 2023 Licence Fee Stakes. Since her win in the Licence Fee Stakes, two subsequent defeats have followed, and she finished well behind Roses for Debra in the Caress. She may have something to find here. 

Poppy Flower finished ahead of Bubble Rock in the 2023 Intercontinental Stakes and that win certainly puts her in the picture here. However, like Bubble Rock she has plenty to find with Roses for Debra who beat her convincingly last time out. 

Train to Artemus could figure at a large price. Her wins in the 2023 Goodwood Stakes and Very One Stakes is amongst some of the best form in the race. Although she is winless in her last two, she could be one of the best value angles of the race. 

Rounding out the field are Can’t Buy Love and Talkin Tipsy – based on their recent form it looks like both would need to produce something special to end out on top. 

Smart N Fancy Stakes Odds & Racing Pick

Despite the threat of several challengers the smart money looks to be on Roses for Debra. She has already beaten many rivals in the race and her connections will be hopeful of another big run. 

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds from JazzSports
Can’t Buy LoveJohn VelazquezMichael Trombetta+1500
Bubble RockJoel RosarioBrad Cox+300
Train To ArtemusJunior AlvaradoKelly Breen+1000
Poppy FlowerJose OrtizBill Mott+500
Roses For DebraIrad OrtizChristophe Clement-150
Talkin TipsyLuis SaezJames Gulick+3000
Self IsolationTBCDavid Jacobson+140
BluefieldTBCSaffie Joseph Jr+180

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