Stakes race action always slows down the week after the Kentucky Derby. But, just because it’s a slow week for stakes action, it doesn’t mean there isn’t any stakes happening. Check out a list of the horse racing stakes events of the week! Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, September 12 to Sunday, September 13. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds & Picks for Top Stakes Races of the Week
Top Stakes Races of the Week
- When: Saturday, Sep. 12 – Sunday, Sep. 13
Saturday, Sep. 12
- Mr. Prospector Stakes – 6 Furlongs Dirt – $100,000
In the 2019 race, Lasting Legacy beat Whyareuawesome and Benefactor. All three finishers remain active, which means all three could show up on Saturday. Of the three, Lasting Legacy looks best. The 6-year-old horse has just 5 races to his credit. He’s won 3-of-5 and hasn’t raced since finishing fourth in the Grade 3 World of Trouble Sprint on Feb. 22.
- Grade 2 Canadian Stakes – 1 1/8 Miles Turf – $250,000
- Bison Stakes – 1 1/8 Miles All-Weather – $250,000
- Queen’s Plate Stakes – 1 ¼ Miles All-Weather – $1,000,000
Starship Jubilee figures to offer underlay odds in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes on Saturday. The 7-year-old, Indy Wind sired mare had won four straight before finishing fourth behind Rushing Fall, Mean Mary, and Sistercharlie in the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga on August 23. Starship Jubilee has won the last two runnings of the Canadian Stakes
2019 Bison Stakes winner Speedy Soul has yet to race this year. Will Speedy show up in the 2020 Bison Stakes on Sep. 12? Bold Script, last year’s second-place finisher, figures to enter the gate. Trained by Charles Simon, Bold Script finished fifth in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly in her last. She’ll have a big chance to win the 2020 Bison if Simon enters her.
Although it doesn’t have a grade designation, the Queen’s Plate Stakes is one of the most important races for 3-year-olds in North America. It’s Canada’s version of the Kentucky Derby.
On Saturday, there are 16 possible entrants. Leading the charge is Clayton. The Bodemeister sired runner won the Plate Trial Stakes over Woodbine’s all-weather service back in August. Clayton will be followed in the betting by Plate Trial Stakes runner-up Halo Again.
Halo Again finished second. Dotted Line, who took the lead, almost pulled off the upset at 8/1. All three should enjoy serious backing on Saturday as will Woodbine Oaks winner Curlin’s Voyage.
The Josie Carroll trained, Curlin sired, filly made an impressive move along the rail to easily win the Oaks. She could go off second-choice after Clayton. Make sure to check out this week’s top stakes race, the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on Saturday.
Sunday, Sep. 13
- Grade 3 Longacres Mile – 1 Mile Dirt – $100,000
Emerald Downs in Washington rarely runs a stakes race. On Sep. 13, the Grade 3 Longacres Mile happens at the Northwest race track. The Longacres should attract runners from the 7 furlong Pat O’Brien at Del Mar on August 29.
The third place finisher in that race, Law Abidin Citizen, won the 2019 Longacres Mile. CZ Rocket, who won the Pat O’Brien, and Flagstaff, the O’Brien second place finisher, might also enter.
The Longacres Mile is a great way to end the week!