Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2022 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2022 Kentucky Jockey Club is set for November 26 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Preview
- Race: Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes
- Purse: $400,000
- Track: Churchill Downs
- Date: November 26
- Post Time: 5:56 PM (ET)
- Live: Kentucky Jockey Club Odds: Click Here
2022 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Handicapping
After a big Breeders’ Cup weekend in Lexington, Kentucky racing switches focus to Louisville and the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs.
The Saturday afternoon feature is for two-year-old horses racing 1 1/16 miles on dirt in the (G2) Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. The race has drawn a solid field of nine, and they’ll run for the purse money as well as 2023 Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers.
Odds listed here are provided by the Churchill track oddsmaker.
2022 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Instant Coffee Race Odds: 5-2
After breaking his maiden in his first start at Saratoga, Instant Coffee stepped up to the graded-stakes ranks to run in the (G1) Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. He was fourth, more than six lengths back of winner Forte, who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Despite the loss, he took a nice step forward with a solid 94 Equibase speed rating, improving by 5 points over his career debut.
2022 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Pick & Handicapping: Curly Jack Race Odds: 3-1
One of the more experienced runners in the field, Curly Jack has already made five lifetime starts, with two wins and a runner-up finish to his name.
One of those wins came in the (G2) Iroquois Stakes on this same Churchill dirt track and at this distance. He was last seen running fifth in the BC Juvenile just three weeks ago, so the question is how he will respond from that tough test on short rest.
2022 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Red Route One Race Odds: 7-2
Although he never got close to the winner Forte, Red Route One looked impressive when rallying from way back to get up for third in the Breeders’ Futurity, one spot ahead of Instant Coffee at odds of 60-1.
Last out he caught a sloppy track he probably didn’t like and finished a non-threatening fifth in the Street Sense Stakes on this track and at this distance.
2022 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Freedom Trail Race Odds: 6-1
Unbeaten in two consecutive starts on turf, the connections of Freedom Trail are hoping his talent will translate to dirt and spot in the Derby next May.
Both his wins came on the grass at Aqueduct in New York and both came at this 1 1/16 miles distance. From a pedigree angle, his sire Collected was a Grade 1 winner on the dirt.
Here’s My 2022 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Free Pick.
Despite a bit of hype that comes with a couple of these as future Derby contenders, I’m finding this to be a rather underwhelming field. While both Instant Coffee and Curly Jack were Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runners, neither had an impact in that race or look like a cinch to win here.
So I’m going to roll the dice a bit on Freedom Trail to be able to make the switch to the dirt and pick up his third consecutive win at what should be decent odds.
Full Field: Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Odds
By post position
- #1 – Curly Jack 3-1
- #2 – Western Ghent 20-1
- #3 – Denington 12-1
- #4 – Gigante 12-1
- #5 – Red Route One 7-2
- #6 – Freedom Trail 6-1
- #7 – Hayes Strike 10-1
- #8 – Instant Coffee 5-2
- #9 – Cyclone Mischief 8-1
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