How to bet the 2023 Coronation Cup Stakes

July 13th, 2023

A cast of nine sophomore fillies, one of which is a main-track-only contestant, will vie in Friday’s $150,000 Coronation Cup S. at Saratoga. The 5 1/2-furlong dash on the green attracted a strong cast and I 'love' a pair of fillies in the heat.

Wesley Ward’s lightly raced #4 Love Reigns was an impressive winner in her 2023 debut when running her foes down late in the Limestone S. at Keeneland on April 14. The talented daughter of U S Navy Flag was a dominant first-out graduate last campaign and followed up that result with a strong fourth in the Queen Mary S. (G2) at Royal Ascot. In her penultimate two-year-old appearance, the Irish-bred powered home to a decisive victory in the Bolton Landing S. on this surface.

Love Reigns overcame a poor start and troubled voyage in her Keeneland victory most recently, and she has a lot of room to improve in her second run of the season on Friday. The bay shows a bullet morning drill in advance of this assignment, and she will be much closer to the pace in this spot as the field lacks an abundance of speed. Joel Rosario has the assignment.

#2 Love Appeals was last seen strolling home a powerful 4 3/4-length heroine over allowance company at Belmont Park for conditioner Christophe Clement. By Speightstown, the sophomore miss is two-for-three lifetime and handled the cutback in distance last time out with aplomb. The Moyglare Stud homebred comes in fresh for this one with a handful of morning drills and will stalk the pace early on with Manny Franco in the stirrups.

#8 Bosserati has turned into a new animal since moving to the lawn, winning each of her three assignments on the turf. This Brittany Russell trainee will be facing the toughest field of her lifetime on Friday, but she possesses very good early speed and will be dangerous if she clears the cast with Tyler Gaffalione in the silks.

#1 My Sweet Affair owns a fine closing kick, she is well drawn to save ground from the rail, and the Twirling Candy filly also comes in off of a rapid bullet move on the turf. This George Weaver pupil is a logical exotics piece with Irad taking the reins.

Coronation Cup Wagers

$10 exacta: box 2-4 ($20)

$5 trifecta: 2,4 with 2,4 with 1,8 ($20)

$.50-cent superfecta: 2,4 with 2,4 with 1,8 with all ($10)

$.50-cent superfecta: 2,4 with 2,4 with all with 1,8 ($10)