The Lone Star Park in Texas opens its gates on Monday with the G3 Steve Sexton Mile the pinnacle of the card. The competitive field is headlined by some talented yet inexperienced colts, including unbeaten Shaaz, who is faced, for example, a nine-year-old Rated R Superstar, easily the most accomplished horse in the race.
The lucrative purse of $400,000 attracted a field of ten three-year-old and older horses that will cover the distance of a mile in this G3 race. On the dirt surface, the victory candidates come from the less experienced participants who are still at the beginning of their careers.
Four-year-old Shaaz is one of them, given he has only three starts under his belt. The Sean McCarthy trained bay won all of them as after bagging his debut in 2021, he added two Allowance wins in the ongoing season, and the son of Uncle Mo definitely looks ready to take on some better company.
He’s already succeeded over a mile, so the only factor holding him back could be the mentioned inexperience. Elector is another to consider as of three of his outings; he scored the most recent two. Although he’s yet to tackle the distance of a mile, he should handle it.
Five-year-old Mish is much more skilled than the previous pair. The Saffie Joseph trained gelding managed to break his maiden on the seventh attempt; however, he seems to be still improving in 2022. He commenced the season with a third place in an Allowance, upon which he completed a hattrick at the same scene.
Moreover, he achieved two of his most recent successes by large margins, destroying the competition entirely, and therefore, he looks to have an interesting chance on Monday. Rated R Superstar is the oldest and the biggest weight carrying participant in the race. The nine-year-old gelding trained by Martin Villafranco has collected numerous victories and places at the Graded scene, and despite the fact he’s a true veteran, he added another G3 triumph in 2022.
After scoring at the Listed stage, he transferred his form to the Essex Handicap, where Rated R Superstar displayed a beautiful turn-of-foot to leave behind much more preferred contestants to prevail easily.
He didn’t show anything like this in his next outing and trailed home in last. Still, he needs to be respected on Monday alongside Silver Prospector, who finished third in the previous edition of the Steve Sexton Mile. Overall, he’s a decent G3 horse and could again snatch up a place. The last to mention is Flash of Mischief, whose seasonal debut was as lacklustre as it gets; however, he’s just a four-year-old and judging by his 2021 results, he should be able to run well in this company.
Steve Sexton Mile Stakes Betting Prediction
Shaaz who’s always been perceived as a colt capable of big things, and being a rather expensive ex-Bob Baffert trainee, he should maintain his perfect record here.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|Rated R Superstar||Reylu Gutierrez||+1000|
|Mine That Star||Kelsi Purcell||+2000|
|Sheriff Brown||Leandro D. Goncalves||+1200|
|Popular Kid||Jose L. Alvarez||+1500|
|Flash of Mischief||Ry Eikleberry||+1200|
|Silver Prospector||Stewart Elliott||+1200|
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