How to bet the 2023 Summer Stakes

September 14th, 2023

The $500,000 Summer S. (G1) at Woodbine is the first of four graded stakes races on the huge card on Saturday, with a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Santa Anita on November 3 going to the winner. A total of 11 prospects have entered for the one-mile tussle on the green for two-year-olds, and it appears to be an attractive betting opportunity to me. 

Summer Stakes Wagers

  • $12 win and place #11 King of the Track ($24)
  • $4 exacta key box 11 with 2,3,4 ($24)
  • $1 trifecta 11 with 2,3,4 with all ($21)
  • $.40-cent superfecta 2,11 with 2,11 with 3,4 with all ($9.60)

#11 King of the Track (8-1) looked like a very nice juvenile when dominating a sprint on the All Weather here at first asking, and I will give the second timer top billing in the event. Conditioned by Mark Casse, who has five entered for the tilt, the son of Bolt d’Oro is bred to like the surface change to the turf and did get in a morning drill on the green on August 27. The bay was forwardly placed in his first offering and figures to do the same on this occasion with Rafael Hernandez retaining the mount

The Christophe Clement-trained #2 Carson’s Run (4-1) defeated maiden special weight foes at first asking prior to finishing a strong second in the subsequent With Anticipation S. (G3), both coming over the Saratoga lawn. Purchased for $170,000 in the spring, the son of Cupid has rallied into soft early paces in both of his assignments to date and will receive a more robust early tempo to run at late on Saturday. The Kentucky-bred chestnut will have regular pilot Dylan Davis in the stirrups. 

#3 My Boy Prince (3-1) could be the one to catch and beat for Casse. The Ontario-bred colt was second on debut before adding blinkers, and this March foal has won his last pair of races by a combined 20 lengths since the equipment change. A 14-length victor of the Simcoe S. on the main strip last time out, the gray son of Cairo Prince should handle the turf with relative ease under Joel Rosario. My Boy Prince will be sent from the break. 

Barbara Minshall’s #4 Tunechi (20-1) didn’t run especially fast in his maiden tally on the surface last time out, but the youngster responded well to the addition of blinkers and can surely make some noise late at a fair price today. The bay son of Outwork has posted some solid morning drills in anticipation of his stakes bow, and the likelihood of a fast early pace will aid his running style, as well. Emma-Jayne Wilson will guide the exotics contender.