How to bet the Mint Millions Stakes
A huge field of 12 will travel one mile on the Kentucky Downs lawn in Saturday’s lucrative $2 million Mint Millions S. (G3). I’ll take a shot with #6 Ancient Rome (8-1) in his U. S. debut for trainer Charlie Hills. The well-bred son of War Front faced some heavy hitters in his native France as a three-year-old, and while he has possibly not been as sharp in 2023, the colt has still registered some decent results in the group ranks this campaign.
Mint Millions Wagers
Ancient Rome is capable of running on virtually any kind of surface, he comes in off of a victory, and the dark bay seems like a good fit going eight furlongs on this course, as well. Jamie Spencer coming in to retain the ride aboard the win contender is a major plus, too.
#10 Annapolis (8-5) is the class of the field and the obvious one to beat for trainer Todd Pletcher. The Grade 1 winner has been first or second in each of his trio of outings this season, which includes a smart runner-up performance in the Fourstardave H. (G1) at Saratoga last time out. The versatile son of War Front sports a 7-3-3-0 mark at the distance and could be placed anywhere early on in the heat, which will give Tyler Gaffalione a lot of options coming out of the gate. I do fear, however, taking a short price on him in a big field while he tries this unique course for the initial time.
#8 Churchtown (4-1) has a good measure of class to him and brings very good form to the field for trainer Roger Attfield. The gelded Air Force Blue four-year-old had a good prep for this test when a close fourth running seven-eighths at Woodbine most recently, and the bay has the gate presence to secure a good position early on in a big cast, as well. He drilled a bullet five panels on the lawn in advance of Saturday and will have Julien Leparoux in the irons.
#12 Max K. O. (30-1) has the early foot to overcome the widest post in the field, and the dark bay is also two-for-two on this surface, as well. The son of J P’s Gusto will make his third run since joining the barn of Mike Maker and could peak in this one coming off of a pair of solid stakes attempts in succession. James Graham will guide the Florida-bred who is worth including at a huge price.