However, U.S. horseplayers looking for form really should embrace the game. Why? We did a 5-year study a number of years ago and found that favorites won at nearly a 50% rate.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule when it comes to handicapping and the differences between winning and losing, etc. But my steeplechasing philosophy is this: Good jumpers don’t fall.
Today’s Saratoga feature is the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers’ Cup Handicap featuring all the major players.
Tom Voss will saddle the early line favorite, Left Unsaid (5-2), who lose the G1 Smithwick Memorial by a nose. And Jonathan Sheppard, who’s won about a dozen of these things, will saddle a three-ply entry including Sermon Of Love, the 2010 winner of this race.
B we’ll stick with the very sharp Demonstrative (5-1), who won the Kiser prepping for this, a race that produced the 2011 Turf Writers’ winner. The Richard Valentine trainee sheds 10 pounds, obviously meeting a tougher group here.
Regular partner Robert Walsh has the mount on this young gelding (5YOs are considered young in this game) who loves the Spa ground, owing to a (3) 1-2-0 career slate at Saratoga.
Running Totals: (1147) 352-220-173 Total Dollar Return: $2,415.80 [win selections only] [Wednesday Results not included}