Las Virgenes Stakes Betting – Taste Like Candy Avenges Earlier Loss On Saturday January 30th, 2014 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »
While many sports betting sharps are doing their research for the Kentucky Derby prep trail, you shouldn’t forget about the fillies. They are on the hunt to reach the Derby’s sister race, the Kentucky Oaks, and Saturday’s Grade-1 Las Virgenes will be a very important race on the way to Churchill Downs. This race is a mile long run on dirt, and you should see a handful of potential Oaks participants this weekend. The winner will be a filly that lost to another in the field and she’ll get her revenge as Taste Like Candy takes the victory.
What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, February 1st, post time TBA
Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
Pick: Taste Like Candy
(All horses listed as probable as of Wednesday, January 29th)
Arethusa improved in three separate attempts to break her maiden, although she has yet to win, then she won the non-graded Sharp Cat in November and wrapped up 2013 with a fifth-place run in the Grade-1 Hollywood Starlet. It is tough to get a read on this filly as the talent and speed seems to be there, but you don’t know how she is going to react and her graded-stakes debut didn’t do anything to encourage horse betting players.
Artemis broke her maiden in her third try, which came on dirt at Santa Anita; the first two came at Hollywood Park on a synthetic surface. It was also over a mile, her first attempt at that distance and this is definitely a horse you’ll have to keep an eye on this weekend. Her trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, won this race in 2010 with Blind Luck.
Fashion Plate also broke her maiden on her third attempt, and like Artemis, it came in her first race on dirt at Santa Anita after trying at other venues. She has yet to run a mile and that may be the biggest obstacle for this three-year-old, but she has shown a marked improvement each time she has stepped on the racetrack and this race could be huge for her development. Check her horse betting odds and she could end up being a very valuable darkhorse.
Streaming has a lot going for her and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if she was the horse betting favorite for this race on Saturday after following her maiden win with a massive victory in the Hollywood Starlet. However, she has yet to run on dirt and that appears to be her last major hurdle before she really gets on the path to the Kentucky Oaks. She has a brilliant trainer in Bob Baffert, a three-time winner at this race, most recently with Eden’s Moon in 2012, so she should be ready to go by Saturday.
Sushi Empire has yet to win in four starts, although a respectable third in the Grade-3 Miesque Stakes in late November is a solid result for his graded-stakes debut. He has finished second and third in two one-mile races, but he has only run on turf and synthetic surfaces. This will be a big test on dirt for Sushi Empire, which joins Arethusa in the prospective field of horses that have been trained by Eoin Harty.
Taste Like Candy is the second horse in this potential field that is trained by Hollendorfer, and she could very well be the horse betting favorite on Saturday. She broke her maiden in her first try on dirt in October, then she posted runner-up finishes in the Hollywood Starlet and the Grade-2 Santa Ynez earlier this month. She has stood up well against some solid competition, she has run the distance before and she has run on dirt. All signs are pointing towards Taste Like Candy getting a lot of attention this weekend at Santa Anita and you will definitely hear more about her if she manages to beat the field to the finish line.
How It Will Play Out
Streaming and Taste Like Candy went toe-to-toe in the Hollywood Starlet and they will do so again on Saturday, albeit on a different surface. Taste Like Candy has done well on both synthetic and dirt surfaces, while Streaming will be taking her first trip on dirt.
While all of the horses in this field are talented, the cream will rise to the top and Taste Like Candy will end up being the victory in your sportsbook reviews picks on Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Las Virgenes Stakes Betting: Taste Like Candy