WEEKEND BETTING STAKES HANDICAP

Weekend Betting Stakes: There are a number of race tracks up and running this weekend, with action taking place from Belmont Park and Keeneland Race Course to Woodbine and Delaware Park. We have the schedule for all of the races, with odds and some thoughts on your best wagering shots.

Odds are courtesy of JazzSports.ag

Weekend Betting Stakes Calendar

Saturday, July 11

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (5:30 pm ET, TVG, Keeneland Race Course)

                Grade II, Dirt surface, $600,000 purse, 1 1/8 Miles

Post                       Horse                                    Jockey                                  Odds*

1                              Shivaree                              John R. Velazquez            +800

2                              Finnick the Fierce             Jose L. Ortiz                        +1200

3                              Art Collector                       Brian J. Hernandez Jr      +500

4                              Mr. Big News                     Mitchel Murrill                  +1000

5                              Man in the Can                  Tyler Gaffalione                +1000

6                              Hard Lighting                      Rafael Bejarano                +5000

7                              Swiss Skydiver                   Mike E. Smith                     +300

8                              Basin                                     Ricardo Santana Jr           +800

9                              Attachment Rate              Luis Saez                              +2000

10                           Rushie                                  Javier Castellano               +500

11                           Hunt the Front                  Corey J. Lanerie                +3000

12                           Enforceable                        Joel Rosario                        +1000

13                           Tiesto                                    Flavien Prat                        +1500

*odds for this race courtesy of America’s Best Racing

This is the signature prep race for the Kentucky Derby at Keeneland Race Course. There are 100 qualification points for the Kentucky Derby available here. Swiss Skydiver has the best resume here, a filly who has won three straight graded stakes against other fillies. She has 310 points toward the Kentucky Oaks, but none yet toward the Kentucky Derby. Mr. Big News won the Oaklawn Stakes in April against a field that included several of the best three-year-olds.

Basin finished second in the first division at the Grade I Arkansas Derby. Rushie came in third at the Grade I Santa Anita Derby in his last race. Art Collector picked up a 106 Equibase Speed Figure in his return to racing on May 17, while Swiss Skydiver has picked up figures of 104 and 108 in her last two races. Art Collector can win wire to wire or make a big finish. Look at Swiss Skydiver and Art Collector atop your cards.

Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (4:57 pm ET, TVG, Keeneland Race Course)

                Grade I, Turf, $350,000 purse, 1 1/16 Miles

Post                       Horse                                    Jockey                                  Odds

1                              Secret Message                John R. Velazquez            +1500

2                              Juliet Foxtrot                     Luis Saez                              +800

3                              La Signare                           Ricardo Santana Jr           +3000

4                              Rushing Fall                        Javier Castellano               +120

5                              Mucho Unusual                Julien R. Leparoux           +800

6                              Jolie Olimpica                     Mike E. Smith                     +250

7                              Altea                                     Joel Rosario                        +1200

8                              Toinette                               Flavien Prat                        +500

Delaware Handicap, Weekend Betting Stakes (4:45 pm ET, TVG, Delaware Park)

                Grade II, Dirt surface, $400,000 purse, 1 1/8 Miles

Post                       Horse                                    Jockey                                  Odds

1                              Vexatious                            Miguel Mena                     +1200

2                              Dunbar Road                      Irad Ortiz Jr                         +120

3                              Wicked Awesome           Horacio Karamanos         +1500

4                              Bellera                                  Trevor McCarthy              +350

5                              Always Shopping              Carol Cedeno                     +500

6                              Lucky Move                        Roberto J. Rosado            +800

7                              Saracosa                              Martin Garcia                     +1000

8                              Over Thinking                    Jaime Rodriguez               +1500

Central Bank Ashland Stakes (4:24 pm ET, TVG, Keeneland Race Course)

                Grade I, Dirt surface, $400,000 purse, 1 1/16 Miles

Post                       Horse                                    Jockey                                  Odds

1                              Alta’s Award                      Ricardo Santana Jr           +2000

2                              Venetian Harbor               Joel Rosario                        +120

3                              Bonny South                      John R. Velazquez            +500

4                              Envoutante                        Jose L. Ortiz                        +500

5                              Tonalist’s Shape               Tyler Gaffalione                +600

6                              Speech                                 Javier Castellano               +200

There are 170 available points on the Weekend Betting Stakes, Road to the Kentucky Oaks in this race, going out 100-40-20-10 to the top four finishers. The Kentucky Oaks only allows in the top 14 point earners. Bonny South has been training regularly at Keeneland since the end of April and currently sits in second place on the points list with 100. Venetian Harbor is in 11th place on the points list with 50. She finished as runner-up to Swiss Skydriver in the Fantasy Stakes (Grade III), beating the third-place horse by 10 ¾ lengths.

Connaught Cup Stakes (4:15 pm ET, TVG, Woodbine)

                Grade II, Turf, $175,000 purse, 7 Furlongs

Post                       Horse                                    Jockey                                  Odds

1                              Silent Poet                          Justin Stein                         +180

2                              White Flag                           Luis Contreras                   +300

3                              Blind Ambition                  Patrick Husbands             +800

4                              Admiralty Pier                   Jerome Lermyte               +1000

5                              Regally Irish                        Steven R. Bahen               +2000

6                              City Boy                                David Moran                      +1500

7                              Olympic Runner                Kazushi Kimura                  +400

8                              Gray’s Fable                       Rafael M. Hernandez      +600

Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (4:15 pm ET, TVG, Delaware Park)

                Grade III, Turf, $125,000 purse, 1 3/8 miles

Post                       Horse                                    Jockey                                  Odds

1                              Mrs. Sippy                           Irad Ortiz Jr                         +250

2                              La Australiana                    Angel Suarez                      +1200

3                              Saffron Spirit                      Ricardo Chiappe               +2000

4                              Not in Jeopardy                Trevor McCarthy              +1500

5                              Gentle Ruler                       Chris Landeros                  +150

6                              Beale Street                       Jorge A. Vargas Jr             +1200

7                              Theodora B.                        Daniel Centeno                 +600

8                              Shifra Magician                 Keiber J. Coa                      +2000

9                              Tass                                       Miguel Mena                     +1200

10                           Tightly Twisted                 Jhonatan Mendoza         +1200

Shakertown Stakes (3:51 pm ET, TVG, Keeneland Race Course)

                Grade II, Turf, $150,000 Purse, 5 ½ Furlongs

Post                       Horse                                    Jockey                                  Odds

1                              Extravagant Kid                 Joel Rosario                        +600

2                              Wildman Jack                     Mike E. Smith                     +250

3                              Real News                           Colby J. Hernandez          +1500

4                              Tell Your Daddy                James Graham                  +3000

5                              Just Might                           Alexis Achard                     +5000

6                              Smart Remark                   Rafael Bejarano                +5000

7                              Fast Boat                             Adam Beschizza                +800

8                              Bound for Nowhere        Julio A. Garcia                    +250

9                              Texas Wedge                     Flavien Prat                        +600

10                           Totally Boss                        Brian J. Hernandez Jr      +800

11                           Tiger Blood                         Luis Saez                              +1200

12                           Corruze                                Corey J. Lanerie                +5000

13                           Leinster                                Tyler Gaffalione                +1200

14                           Shared Legacy                   Declan Cannon                  +5000

15                           Nitrous                                 Ricardo Santana Jr           +2000

Madison Stakes (3:18 pm ET, TVG, Keeneland Race Course)

                Grade I, Dirt Surface, $250,000 Purse, 7 Furlongs

Post                       Horse                                    Jockey                                  Odds

1                              Diamond Crazy                  Brian Hernandez Jr          +5000

2                              Wildwood’s Beauty         Joseph Rocco Jr                 +2000

3                              Sally’s Curlin                       Joseph Talamo                  +1000

4                              Princess Causeway          Julien R. Leparoux           +1500

5                              Guarana                               Jose L. Ortiz                        +100

6                              Unique Factor                    Flavien Prat                        +1500

7                              Mia Mischief                      Ricardo Santana Jr           +300

8                              Bell’s the One                    Corey J. Lanerie                +600

9                              Amy’s Challenge               Joel Rosario                        +800

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