Stephen Foster Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Stephen Foster Stakes is set for Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Stephen Foster Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Stephen Foster Stakes
- Purse: $500,000
- Track: Churchill Downs
- Date: June 27
- Post Time: 5:47 PM (ET)
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2020 Stephen Foster Stakes Handicapping
One of four graded-stakes races on offer at Churchill Downs on Saturday, the (G2) Stephen Foster Stakes carries a big purse as well as the added significance as a ‘Win And You’re In” race for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The BC Classic will go November 7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Stephen Foster has drawn a field of eight to race 1 1/8 miles on the Churchill dirt course.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2020 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Tom’s d’Etat Race Odds: 5-4
Third in this race last year, Tom’s d’Etat comes into the 2020 version on a three-race win streak, including a fairly easy 3 1/4 length win at the track and distance in the (G1) Clark Handicap to close out his 2019 season.
He has one race under his saddle so far in 2020, taking the Oaklawn Mile Stakes by 3/4 of a length over Improbable, who has since come back to win the (G1) Hollywood Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
The trainer is Albert Stall Jr., while Miguel Mena will ride.
2020 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: By My Standards Race Odds: 5-2
Another one coming in on a three-race win streak, By My Standards has been a very consistent runner through his nine-race career, hitting the board eight times with five wins. Racing primarily at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, he was the winner of the 2019 (G2) Louisiana Derby and this year won the (G2) New Orleans Classic.
Last out he won the (G2) Oaklawn Handicap over a solid field, scoring a career best 106 Equibase speed figure in the process.
He’s trained by the red-hot Bret Calhoun, with regular rider Gabriel Saez up.
2020 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Owendale Race Odds: 6-1
Second to Tom’s d’Etat in the Clark Stakes back in November, the late-running Owendale has a trio of Grade 3 stakes victories on his resume as well as a recent win over the track after capturing the Blame Stakes at Churchill in late May.
It’s notable that that win was at one mile and now he gets a stretch out to a distance more suitable to his running style.
Brad Cox is the trainer, Florent Geroux is tapped to ride.
2020 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Silver Dust Race Odds: 12-1
Well travelled six-year-old colt Silver Dust is typically on the fringes at the graded-stakes level, although he does have a Grade 3 win this year after claiming victory in the Mineshaft Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Most recently he was third in the Blame Stakes, but less than a length behind Owendale, in a race where he actually made the lead into the stretch but was worn down in a long drive to the finish.
He’s another Bret Calhoun trainee, while the jockey is up-and-coming Adam Beschizza.
Here’s my 2020 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick.
On paper this boils down to a three-horse race, and beyond that it is really Tom’s d’Etat’s race to lose. The track and distance is exactly in his wheelhouse and even at seven years old he seems to be just a step ahead of the rest of the field in terms of class. There’s not a ton of speed here and he should be able to sit just off the pace and make his move in the stretch.
With little win value, I’ll put him on top in the exacta with both By My Standards and Owendale underneath, and add Silver Dust and consistently fast Pirate’s Punch underneath in the trifecta.
Full Field: Stephen Foster Stakes Betting Odds
- Tom’s d’Etat 5-4
- By My Standards 5-2
- Owendale 6-1
- Fearless 9-1
- Silver Dust 12-1
- Multiplier 14-1
- Pirate’s Punch 16-1
- Alkhaatam 20-1
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