Kick Off August With Coast-to-Coast Grade 1 Horse Races This Saturday

The start of August also starts the official countdown to this year’s Kentucky Derby. The biggest horse betting race of the year was pushed back to Saturday, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs. This Saturday’s betting card features a pair on major stakes races on each coast.

The running of the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course highlights the East Coast action. Out on the West Coast, the Bing Crosby Stakes is the featured event at Del Mar Racetrack.

2020 Whitney Stakes- Saratoga Race Course



This Grade 1 event is open to Thoroughbreds four years and older. The race will be run on the dirt track at Saratoga over a total distance of 1 1/8 miles.

This is one of the premier summer events for veteran horses. A small field of six probable entries are on the current list at Horse Racing Nation. All six of those contenders have a HRN rating of 6.8 or higher to add even more excitement to this year’s Whitney.

Tom’s d’Etat is at the top of the list with a lofty 8.08 rating. The seven-year old veteran is trained by Albert Stall Jr. and he is riding a four-race winning streak. This includes a recent victory at Churchill Downs in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes on June 27. He covered the 1 1/8 miles on dirt in 1:47.30 past By My Standards and Silver Dust.

The son of Smart Strike has also finished in the money in seven of his last eight races going back to May of last year.

Two more probable entries to use in any exotic bets would be Code of Honor and Improbable. Each of these high-value four-year old colts finished in the money their last time out. Trainer Bob Baffert’s Improbable won the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 6.

2020 Bing Crosby Stakes- Del Mar Racetrack



This Grade 1 race covers a quick six furlongs on dirt. It is open to Thoroughbreds three and older.

Coming into this exciting sprint, HRN has confirmed 10 contenders as entered. The top-rated entry on the list is Baffert’s McKinzie with a 7.58 HRN rating. He will break from the No. 4 post with jockey Mike Smith on board.

The five-year old Kentucky-bred horse faded to fifth in this year’s Grade 1 Metropolitan at Belmont on July 4. This followed a victory at Santa Anita on June 7 in the seven-furlong Grade 2 Triple Bend Stakes. The son of Street Sense appears to be at his best running these shorter distances as he gets older. As an interesting side note, McKinzie won last year’s Whitney Stakes.


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Moving down the rest of the field for the Bing Crosby, trainer Mark Glatt’s Collusion Illusion offers some solid value at longer odds. Sired by Twirling Candy, he is coming off a victory in the Grade 3 Laz Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita on June 20. He covered 6 ½ furlongs on dirt in 1:16.03 with Ragtime Blues and Howbeit rounding out the Top 3. He now has four wins over his last five events.

You could also add Desert Law and Anyportinastorm to the list of ‘ones to watch’ in this race. Trainer Carla Gaines’ Desert Law has the second-highest HRN rating (6.27) in the field.

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