John Henry Turf Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 John Henry Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 John Henry Turf Stakes is set for Saturday at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
John Henry Turf Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race:John Henry Turf Stakes
- Purse: $200,000
- Track: Santa Anita Race Track
- Date: September 26
- Post Time: 7:43 PM (ET)
- Live: John Henry Turf Stakes Odds: Click Here
2020 John Henry Turf Stakes Handicapping
Along with Saturday’s Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles on the turf, the males will also get their turn in the spotlight at Santa Anita for the running of the (G2) John Henry Turf Stakes, also at 1 1/4 miles.
The race has drawn a solid field of eight, with several having recently faced each other in the (G2) Del Mar Handicap back in late August.
Odds listed here are provided by the Santa Anita track handicapper.
2020 John Henry Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: United Race Odds: 6-5
The heavy favorite in the morning line odds, United was a perfect three-for-three in Grade 2 stakes in 2020 before coming up just a head short in the Del Mar.
Third in this race last year, United improved off that effort to run second in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf, just a head back of the winner at odds of 52-1. He’s won six of 15 for his career, with five other in-the-money finishes.
Trainer Richard Mandella has won the race on six previous occasions, jockey Flavien Prat goes for his first.
2020 John Henry Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Originaire Race Odds: 7-2
An Irish-bred colt Originaire started his career in UK before coming stateside in the spring of 2019, where he’s had mixed success racing at the graded-stakes level while still looking for his first win.
Third in the Del Mar just a half-length back of United, he was also just back of that one three starts ago in the (G2) Charles Wittingham Stakes where he was interfered with in late stretch and was bumped from third to second after a Stewards Inquiry.
His trainer is Jeff Mullins, jockey Abel Cedillo won the race last year on 9-1 Cleopatra’s Strike.
2020 John Henry Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Salvator Mundi Odds: 6-1
Making just his second lifetime stakes start – with the other coming way back in the 2018 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes – Salvator Mundi comes in off a solid 2 1/2 length win going 1 1/16 miles in an allowance-level race at Del Mar.
He also has a allowance win over the Santa Anita turf at one mile three starts back. He has good ability to stalk just off the pace, the question for him is if he can get the distance.
Philip D’Amato won his second John Henry as trainer last year, jockey Umberto Rispoli gets the riding assignment.
2020 John Henry Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Oscar Dominguez Race Odds: 8-1
A veteran with 41 career starts under his saddle, Oscar Dominguez scored his biggest lifetime win to close out 2019 when he came from dead last to get up and get a neck in front of United in the (G2) Hollywood Turf Cup.
He started 2020 with a pair of third place finishes in the (G2) San Marcos Stakes and the (G3) San Luis Rey, both at Santa Anita, but he’s been off the board in his last two starts. He was fourth in this race last year.
Both trainer Richard Baltas and jockey Jose Valvidia Jr. are looking for their first John Henry Turf title.
Here’s My 2020 John Henry Turf Stakes Free Pick.
Despite the last-out defeat, United’s record of four wins and five in-the-money finishes over his last nine races stamp him as the class of the field, and I can’t bet against him for the win.
With little value to be had in that, I’ll put him on top in a straight exacta with both Salvator Mundi and Oscar Dominguez underneath.
Long shot – Oscar Dominguez
Full Field: John Henry Turf Stakes Betting Odds
- United 6-5
- Originaire 7-2
- Next Shares 9-2
- Salvatore Mundi 6-1
- Proud Pedro 8-1
- Oscar Dominguez 8-1
- Another Mystery 20-1
- Kazan 30-1
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