Rodeo Drive Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Rodeo Drive Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Rodeo Drive Stakes is set for Saturday at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Rodeo Drive Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Rodeo Drive Stakes
- Purse: $300,000
- Track: Santa Anita Race Track
- Date: September 26
- Post Time: 6:30 PM (ET)
- Live: Rodeo Drive Stakes Odds: Click Here
2020 Rodeo Drive Stakes Handicapping
Long known as the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, the (G1) Rodeo Drive is one of the premier turf races for fillies and mares on the West Coast.
Run over the Santa Anita turf course at a challenging 1 1/4 miles, the Rodeo Drive is a ‘Win And You’re In’ qualifying race for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. This year’s Rodeo Drive has drawn an international field of seven starters.
Odds listed here are provided by the Santa Anita track handicapper.
2020 Rodeo Drive Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Bodhicitta Race Odds: 5-2
A UK-bred filly who started her career in Ireland before coming stateside last summer, Bodhicitta needed 10 starts to grab her maiden win, although she was second three times in that span.
Since then she has been very good, winning three-of-four starts so far in 2020. Last out she got up to win by a nose over a couple others in here in the 1 1/16 miles (G2) Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. Prior to that she was second in the (G1) Gamely Stakes on the Santa Anita turf.
She’s trained by Richard Baltas, while jockey Flavien Prat won the race three times in a row from 2016-18.
2020 Rodeo Drive Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Mucho Unusual Race Odds: 5-1
California-bred filly Mucho Unusual has five in-the-money finishes in her last eight races but has not been able to find the winner’s circle in more than a year.
She was third last out going one mile in a stakes race restricted to Cal-bred fillies and mares. She was beaten just a nose out of second by Bodhicitta in the Gamely, and opened 2020 just a length back of the winner in the (G2) Buena Vista Stakes.
The trainer is Tim Yakteen, Juan Hernandez is the jockey.
2020 Rodeo Drive Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Lady Prancealot Odds: 2-1
After starting her career with five wins and 12 in-the-money finishes in her first 17 races, Irish-bred Lady Prancealot has struggled in four starts so far in 2020, three times finishing out of the top three.
She was better last out in the (G2) John C Mabee Stakes at Del Mar, rallying from off the pace to just get beaten by a neck by the race favorite going 1 1/8 miles. She does have a win at the track and distance when she took the (G1) American Oaks to close out 2019.
The second entry in the race from trainer Richard Baltas, up-and-coming jockey Umberto Rispoli gets the ride.
2020 Rodeo Drive Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Catch The Eye Race Odds: 12-1
Third behind Lady Prancelot in the Mabee Stakes, Catch The Eye has the look of an improving filly that will be making only her second start at the graded-stakes level.
She only has a her maiden and one allowance-level win to her name in 14 lifetime starts, but her last two consecutive plus-100 Equibase speed figures would seem to indicate she has a shot at grabbing a minor piece of the prize in this field.
David Hofmans is the trainer, veteran Victor Espinoza will be in the saddle.
Here’s My 2020 Rodeo Drive Stakes Free Pick.
Given there are so many factors to consider – class, form, pace projection – it’s easy to overthink things when handicapping horses. In looking at the top two contenders here I’m going to keep it simple. In two races in a row, the Gamely Stakes and the Yellow Ribbon Handicap, Bodhicitta and Lady Prancealot went head-to-head, and in both cases Bodhicitta came out on top.
I think both fillies can handle the distance, but I also think Bodhicitta can stay a bit closer to the early pace and will get first jump on the frontrunners. I’ll play her for the win.
Long shot – Catch The Eye
Full Field: Rodeo Drive Stakes Betting Odds
- Lady Prancealot 2-1
- Bodhicitta 5-2
- Maxim Rate 4-1
- Tonahutu 5-1
- Mucho Unusual 5-1
- Pretty Point 12-1
- Catch The Eye 12-1
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