Meet the Contenders: 2024 John Battaglia Memorial

February 27th, 2024

Meet the horses running in the 2024 John Battaglia Memorial S. at Turfway Park. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your stable alerts.

Gettysburg Address (Photo by Coady Photography)

#1 Gettysburg Address       ***

Pro: Top-level connections hoping class reprieve from Oaklawn will turn things around.

Con: Seemingly unfamiliar with this kind of surface and likely overbet again.

Ode to Balius (Photo by Coady Photography)

#2 Ode to Balius                **

Pro: Showed respectable form at the start of his career on turf and dirt.

Con: Enters off a very long layoff dating to August.

Mr. Faversham (Photo by Coady Photography)

#3 Mr. Faversham              *

Pro: Both runs here have been good, albeit against far easier.  

Con: Exits maiden claiming ranks and lacks positional speed.

Bolt at Midnight (Photo by Coady Photography)

#4 Bolt At Midnight           ***

Pro: Sharp maiden winner in second local start, earning 92 Brisnet Speed rating.

Con: Will get a stronger test of class in this spot.

Fidget (Photo by Coady Photography)

#5 Fidget                           ***

Pro: Likely better than last-out run in Smarty Jones would suggest.

Con: Versatile as far as surface, though lacks experience on a synthetic track.

Epic Ride (Photo by Coady Media)

#6 Epic Ride                      *****

Pro: Cruised in Leonatus S. last out and has won last two by a combined nine lengths.

Con: Speedy type might see more pressure in this larger-sized field.

Blue Eyed George (Photo by Coady Photography)

#7 Blue Eyed George          ***

Pro: Second best in Leonatus and has thrown only one clunker in four starts.

Con: Earned 79 speed rating in latest, and that needs to improve.


Racing at Turfway Park (Photo by Coady Photography/Turfway Park)

#8 Break Out                     **

Pro: Graduated on the turf at Gulfstream last out and try on Tapeta two back was okay.

Con: One of several taking significant step up out of the maiden ranks.

Mission Ready (Photo by Coady Photography)

#9 Mission Ready              ***

Pro: Addition of blinkers, Lasix likely helped secure upset allowance win last time.

Con: Inconsistency and relative class are main concerns.

Good Bali (Photo by Coady Photography)

#10 Good Bali                      **

Pro: Showed improvement when a distant third in Leonatus.

Con: Needs to show more against that prep’s top two, and others.

Racing at Turfway Park (Photo by Coady Photography/Turfway Park)

#11 Mugatu                         *

Pro: Has a long body of work already and might appreciate slight step up in distance.

Con: 0-for-4 against allowance foes and appears rather exposed at this point.

Ecino (Photo by Coady Photography)

#12 Encino                          ***

Pro: Graduated for top-class connections after setting a slow pace but versatile in running style.

Con: Relatively inexperienced and not likely to offer much value from wide draw.

Karlwithanarl (Photo by Coady Photography)

#13 Karlwithanarl                *

Pro: Enters on a two-race win streak since adding blinkers.

Con: Beat far easier, including $15,000 maiden claimers, in those victories.

Katheeb (Photo by Coady Photography)

#14 Katheeb                        ***

Pro: Crushed maiden rivals here and encountered significant trouble at GP last time.

Con: Stuck with a wide post if able to draw in off AE list.