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2013 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill

UncapturedThis Saturday we have two 2014 Kentucky Derby Points races in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs and the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. In this post we will be covering the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. In last year’s edition of this race, Uncaptured won by a neck over Frac Daddy. From this race on, Uncaptured, who appeared to be well on his way to the Derby, began to fade from the limelight. Frac Daddy would go on to run 16th in the Derby and 14th in the Belmont. Ironically, Java’s War ran 6th in this race and 13th in the Kentucky Derby. Will Take Charge ran dead last in this race last year, settled for a problematic 8th place finish in the Kentucky Derby and is now one of the top 3 year olds out there with a great chance of landing 3 year old of the year. After winning the Travers, Pennsylvania Derby and capturing a very close second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It just goes to show that these early 2 year old races like the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes capture great horses at different levels within their careers. You never know when you are looking at the next 3 Year Old of the Year! Let’s take a look at this year’s contenders.

Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club

Almost FamousThe Grade 2 $150,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes is the 11th race on the card at Churchill Downs on Saturday and will feature 10 up-and-coming 2 year olds traveling 1 1/16 mile. The 6/5 morning line favorite is Almost Famous. Almost Famous looks tough to beat in this one, but at the same time has quite a bit of front-end speed to contend with which could be a problem. He has won at this distance by 6 lengths but he was also in an optional claiming non-winners event in that race and his competition here should be much tougher. For value I’m going with Notability at 10 to 1 on the ML. In his first outing he made a most impressive come from behind run that landed him in 2nd, missing the win by ½ a length and I feel that this race will suit his running style well. For a longshot that could knock this one right out of the park at a fantastic price, I like Buck Magic at 50 to 1 on the morning line. He seems to like that late run, too and this race is perfect for him. His speed figures are slightly off of the mark here, but as a closer that doesn’t mean that he won’t improve. Look for a big run from him and possibly a little magic on the tote board! Good luck!

 

 

 

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