How to bet the 2024 Wishing Well Stakes

January 26th, 2024

A full field of 12 fillies and mares will go postward in the $125,000 Wishing Well S. at Turfway Park. The 6 1/2-furlong event on the all-weather surface is led by a pair of standout synthetic performers who seem poised for a duel in the stretch, but there is still value to be had in the vertical exotics.

Wishing Well Wagers

  • $5 superfecta: 4,7 with 4,7 with 5 with 1,3 ($20)
  • $5 superfecta: 4,7 with 4,7 with 1,3 with 5 ($20)
  • $.50-cent superfecta: 4,7 with 4,5,7 with 1,3,4,5,7 with 1,3,4,5,7 ($12)

Canadian invader #4 Loyalty (2-1) sports a nifty 10-7-0-2 mark on the all-weather in her lifetime and comes off of a fine score in the Bessarabian S. (G2) at Woodbine in her 2023 finale. The daughter of Hard Spun has trained well locally leading up to her seasonal bow, and the Josie Carroll pupil has been well managed in her lifetime to assume that improvement will come in 2024. Luan Machado will take the reins for the initial time aboard the Florida-bred.

Bill Morey’s #7 Marissa’s Lady (8-5) sports a 5-4-1-0 mark at Turfway Park and capped her four-year-old season with an ultra-game score in the Holiday Inaugural S. on the surface. By Violence, the synthetic specialist has run well while fresh in the past and gets a good post slot outside of her major foe to give options to Gerardo Corrales throughout the affair. The gray mare will always be in range from the outset.

Vicki Oliver’s #5 Napa Candy (12-1) is not especially consistent, but the Candy Ride mare is talented and more than capable of hitting the board at a big number on this occasion. The five-year-old chestnut, who was a smart allowance heroine at Churchill Downs on the dirt two back, finished a close third in a black-type event on the synthetic at Presque Isle Downs last season and will be a factor with something close to that performance. She is the key to my exotics with Rafael Hernandez taking the reins.

I will also include #1 Souper Munnings (15-1), who will be making her second run off the bench for conditioner Ian Wilkes, as well as Morey’s #3 Ravella (12-1), who wisely cuts back from a route try in her third run off the long layoff.