There is some great racing in store from Saratoga on Saturday and our horse racing odds recap focuses on the Alabama Stakes fillies.
Nest and Secret Oath are the standout runners in the field and the sportsbook has them as the favorites. It’s a career-defining race and we can’t wait to see the rematch.
Nest the Best?
Nest could be the best filly in the US after winning the Coaching Club American Oaks, but she’ll be tested in this field.
The 3-year-old filly for Todd Pletcher was too good for Secret Oath last start, which is why she’s the odds-on favorite to win the Alabama Stakes.
Pletcher says she has trained well during the week and is ready to take them on.
“Went a little bit easy the first part, so I had them pick it up at the finish and galloped out really, really well,” Pletcher told DRF.com.
“Seems to be holding her form.”
He suggested having a try at the Travers, which is a notoriously tough race.
“We did talk about it, but we just felt as long as she was ready to run back in Alabama, a mile and a quarter is perfect for her,” Pletcher said. “Just felt it was too good of a spot to pass up.”
Our horse racing odds recap shows Nest firmly backed to win and hold off the talented field.
Secret Oath to Turn Tables
Bettors should have confidence that Secret Oath can defeat Nest.
Despite losing in the American Oaks, the filly trained by D. Wayne Lukas hasn’t done anything wrong in her career and doesn’t merit being a +300 second favorite. We expected her odds to be shorter, so it’s a value price.
After winning the Kentucky Oaks, the daughter of Arrogate placed fourth behind racehorse Early Voting in the Preakness. Since she may have been a little underdone in her previous run, bettors should anticipate a fitter filly.
“She’s really had a good month since that debacle in the [CCA Oaks],” Lukas said. “In fact, I feel like she’s better now than any time I’ve had her. She’s really flourished here at Saratoga. Luis has worked her three times since that race so he’s getting more familiar every day with her, too. So, that should help us as much as anything. We’re anxious to run her.”
Horse racing odds recap has her on the second line of betting, just ahead of surprise entry Gerrymander.
Gerrymander Takes Shot
The latest horse racing news is that Gerrymander is an excellent chance at upsetting the favorites for the Alabama Stakes.
Although the form lines of the daughter of Into Mischief differ from those of the favorites, she was strong to the line at Belmont, and the +400 odds indicate that she will be in the mix.
With the exception of finishing sixth behind Matareya in the Eight Belles Stakes, her form has generally been strong throughout her career.
Her comeback performance was excellent, so keeping an eye out for any more Alabama Stakes betting trends on race day would be worthwhile.
If she closes into second favoritism behind Nest, that’s a significant horse racing odds recap move.Follow us on Twitter