Franklin Simpson Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Franklin Simpson Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Franklin Simpson Stakes is set for Wednesday at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Franklin Simpson Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Franklin Simpson Stakes
- Purse: $500,000
- Track: Kentucky Downs
- Date: September 16
- Post Time: 4:32 PM (ET)
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2020 Franklin Simpson Stakes Handicapping
Kentucky Downs brings to a close their one-week, turf-racing only meet this Wednesday, and the feature for the day is the (G3) Franklin Simpson Stakes.
The race is open to horses aged three, and they’ll be racing 6 1/2 furlongs on the Kentucky Downs Turf. A field of 12 is expected to go to the gate, including a filly trying to beat the boys.
Odds listed here are provided by the Kentucky Downs handicapper.
2020 Franklin Simpson Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Kimari Race Odds: 5-2
Last seen running second in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in England, Kimari comes in with a record of four wins and two runner-up finishes in seven lifetime starts.
This will actually be the fourth time she’s gone up against males, with two previous wins. The only real blemish on her record was a fourth-place run in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
She has three stakes wins on her resume, but she’s still looking for her first win at the graded-stakes level.
Wesley Ward trains, Julio Garcia gets the mount.
2020 Franklin Simpson Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Turned Aside Race Odds: 3-1
A colt by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Turned Aside showed steady progess through last summer before claiming his maiden win in his third start at Belmont Park.
He opened 2020 with a second-place effort in the Sir Cat Stakes at Belmont, and then shifted to Saratoga to capture the (G3) Quick Call Stakes, prevailing over two others in a tough stretch drive and recorded his lifetime best Equibase speed figure.
Linda Rice trains, Jose Ortiz is the jock.
2020 Franklin Simpson Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Embolden Odds: 10-1
Virginia-bred colt Embolden has been knocking on the door in his past five starts but is winless in that span, with two seconds, and two thirds since winning the Jamestown Stakes one year ago.
Last out he took his second shot at the graded-stakes level and ran fourth in the (G3) Sarnac at Saratoga after stalking the lead through 3/4 miles.
He’s trained by Michael Stidham, while James Graham is tapped to ride.
2020 Franklin Simpson Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Guildsman Race Odds: 20-1
French-bred colt Guildsman was competitive at the Group 2 and 3 level in the UK last year and was on the edges in three US starts in 2020 before breaking through last out in the Tom Ridge Stakes at Presque Isle Downs.
He lacks the top-end speed of some of the others in here and needs to get a clean break from the gate.
Brenden Walsh is the trainer, Tyler Gaffalione will be in the irons.
Here’s My 2020 Franklin Simpson Stakes Free Pick.
Anyway you slice it this is step down in class from what she faced last out, and if she can hold her recent form, Kimari should take this. I’d personally be happy with 5-2, but suspect she’ll drift down in the odds from there.
There’s some value in playing some of the longer shots in here in the exactas. Embolden has consistently posted some very solid speed figures without results, and gets a cut back in distance that should benefit. There’s a lot of early speed in this field, and that could benefit a closer like Guildsman.
Full Field: Franklin Simpson Stakes Betting Odds
- Kimari 5-2
- Turned Aside 3-1
- Maven 5-1
- Embolden 10-1
- Fore Left 10-1
- Johnny Unleashed 12-1
- Another Miracle 15-1
- Flap Jack 20-1
- Island Commish 20-1
- Old Chestnut 20-1
- Guildsman 20-1
- Souper Dormy 30-1
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