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2023 Hopeful Stakes at a Look



For generations, Saratoga Race Course has been referred to as a locale for among the sport’s greatest 2-year-old racing, and for colts the highest 2-year-old race of the meet is the Hopeful Stakes. The seven-furlong, Grade 1 take a look at brings collectively essentially the most promising of 2-year-olds and infrequently showcases a serious menace for the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Introduced by TAA. With a proficient subject of 11, this 12 months’s version must be no exception.

1. Simply Metal (10-1): Enhancing D. Wayne Lukas-trained runner, who will get the rail and as a son of Justify ought to get pleasure from extra distance. Appears a menace right here.

JOCKEY: Joel Rosario TRAINER: D. Wayne Lukas

2. Yo Yo Sweet (20-1): He gained the Sanford Stakes throughout this meet at 46-1 odds. The time was on the sluggish aspect and this will probably be an acid take a look at for him.

JOCKEY: Angel Castillo TRAINER: Daniel Velazquez

3. Nutella Fella (30-1): Put in a blazing quick work for this (three furlongs in :34.80) however his time in his debut win at Delaware Park was a reduce under these. We’ll see if he’s greater than a morning glory.

JOCKEY: Junior Alvarado  TRAINER: Gary Contessa

4. Mission Seashore (10-1): Coach Bob Baffert shipped him east after an odds-on debut win. The important thing query is whether or not he’s the higher of Baffert’s two entrants.

JOCKEY: John Velazquez TRAINER: Bob Baffert

5. Timberlake (4-1): Fizzled in his debut then exploded for a giant win in his second begin. If the second begin was the true deal, he’ll be a serious participant right here.2

JOCKEY: Florent Geroux TRAINER: Brad Cox

6. Gold Sweep (6-1): Was second as a heavy favourite within the Sanford after an terrible journey. Stumbled at the beginning and raced large however nonetheless rallied for second in an effort that signifies there’s loads of expertise right here.

JOCKEY: Jose Ortiz TRAINER: Steve Asmussen

7. Muth (5-2): Positively seems to be the higher of the 2 Baffert runners when it comes to velocity figures and sophistication. Was second within the Greatest Pal Stakes at Del Mar and appears just like the one to catch turning for dwelling – which can be a tricky activity for his rivals.

JOCKEY: Flavien Prat TRAINER: Bob Baffert

8. Baytown Chatterbox (50-1): Gelding has been successful at Ellis Park and Horseshoe Indianapolis in sluggish occasions. Might want to take a giant step ahead to be aggressive.

JOCKEY: Dylan Davis TRAINER: Paul McEntee

9. Valentine Sweet (12-1): Was a pointy debut winner on the entrance finish however his velocity determine was a reduce under the highest threats.

JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione TRAINER: Steve Asmussen

10. Be You (9-2): Misplaced to Simply Metal in his debut and although he’s a maiden, the breeding says he ought to get higher with extra distance. Can’t be ignored regardless of not having a win to his credit score.

JOCKEY: Irad Ortiz Jr.  TRAINER: Todd Pletcher

11. Pirate (8-1): Sailed to a simple victory in his debut in good time whereas beating Simply You and has labored sharply since then. Appears to be like like a essential menace regardless of the surface put up.

JOCKEY: Javier Castellano  TRAINER: Todd Pletcher

THE PICK: Muth

LIVE LONGSHOT: Pirate

SUPERFECTA: 7-6-11-10



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