How to bet the 2024 Riley Allison Stakes

January 17th, 2024

A total of eight three-year-olds will go one mile on the Sunland Park main strip in Friday’s $100,000 Riley Allison S. The pair of morning-line choices look formidable in the field, but I will attempt the duo with a smart debut winner making his stakes debut. 

Riley Allison Wagers

$10 win and place #2 Alotaluck ($20)
$5 exacta key box 2 with 3,6 ($20)
$ trifecta box 2,3,6 ($18)

Trained by Ty Garrett, #2 Alotaluck (6-1) forced a solid pace and came home with excellent energy in a six-furlong triumph at Zia Park on December 11. The gelded son of Sir Prancealot strode home well in that tilt, topping a useful youngster, and could be poised for a big showing while stretching out in distance. 

The California-bred three-year-old comes into his black-type bow with a trio of solid morning drills on the local oval and will be acclimated to the surface. He flashed good early foot in his lone effort to date, but I expect him to do his best work from off the pace some on Friday. Oscar Ceballos, who guided the dark bay home at Zia Park, retains the ride aboard the upset selection. 

Steve Asmussen ships in the speedy #3 Crafted (5-2), who led in wire-to-wire fashion at Fair Grounds in his initial effort. By Vino Rosso, the $375,000 yearling purchase didn’t come home swiftly in his tally, but the colt is bred to get the trip and will be able to handle eight furlongs if he receives a sensible trip with Luis Fuentes taking the reins. The Winchell Thoroughbreds’ color bearer will be sent from the opening bell. 

#6 Lucky Jeremy (2-1) went gate-to-wire beneath the Twin Spires in his second lifetime appearance for conditioner Bill Morey. The $50,000 juvenile purchase took a nice step forward in his maiden coup and earned a race-topping 92 Brisnet Speed figure in the process. This Lookin At Lucky colt is bred to thrive at route races and enters the contest with an octet of morning works to be fit and ready for his first stakes outing. I expect the bay to always be close while tracking the tempo early on with Christian Ramos in the stirrups.