How to bet the 2024 San Francisco Mile

April 26th, 2024

An overflow field of 13 will run one mile on the Golden Gate lawn in Saturday’s $175,000 San Francisco Mile S. (G3). There are multiple shippers coming from Southern California in the field and I think the race will come down to the imports. 

San Francisco Mile Wagers

  • $10 win and place #6 Air Force Red ($20)
  • $3 exacta key box 6 with 5,7 ($12)
  • $2 trifecta 6 with 5,7 with 4,5,7,11 ($12)

Leonard Powell’s #6 Air Force Red (6-1) is a question mark at eight furlongs in general, but she did pick up a stakes trophy at the trip in the 2022 Lure S. at Santa Anita and also had a nice prep for this contest last time out. The six-year-old bay led to late stretch before checking in a good fourth in the recent American S. (G3) second time off the shelf, and improvement third time off the layoff is surely possible. The Kentucky-bred son of Air Force Blue has improved his Brisnet Speed figure in two straight and wouldn’t be a surprise with Armando Ayuso in the silks. 

In a field with the potential of a hot and contested pace, #5 Cathkin Peak (8-1) has appeal first time following the claim for Ed Moger. The six-year-old gelding has plenty of back class to him, and while he is far from a win machine, the Irish-bred always packs a late punch and is a great inclusion for the vertical exotics, at the very least. The bay likes the distance and will make one run in the lane at a healthy number. 

#7 Astronomer (4-1) will make his seasonal debut in this spot for trainer Simon Callaghan. The Air Force Blue gelding was a neck second in the City of Hope (G2) at this trip in September, and he broke his maiden by a big margin on this course as a juvenile, as well. The Kentucky-bred bay likes to be forwardly placed, and he might sit in the garden spot tucked in behind the leaders to the top of the lane on Saturday with Evin Roman in the silks. 

Defending champ #4 Balnikhov (3-1) and Richard Mandella’s #11 Sumter (5-1) also deserve respect, but I will omit each of those in the top rungs of my wagers.