How to bet with, and against, Wet Paint in the 2023 Alabama Stakes

August 17th, 2023

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A fantastic field of 10 three-year-old fillies will hope to endure 1 1/4 miles in Saturday’s $600,000 Alabama S. (G1) at Saratoga. The last trio of winners in the event have earned an Eclipse Award at season’s end, and the outcome of this year’s tilt will have a big say in determining championship honors once again.

Wet Paint – With

$3 trifecta key 2 with 1,3,5,9 ($36)

$.50-cent trifecta 2 with 1,3,5,9 with all ($16)

Wet Paint – Against

$.50-cent trifecta 5,9 with 1,2,3,5,9 with all ($32)

$1 exacta box 1,2,3,5,9 ($20)

Fireline is bred to run long, she has displayed important tactical speed, and the three-year-old has also been training in good fashion following a subpar fourth in the Delaware Oaks (G3) last time out, as well. The presence of Javier Castellano, who is savoring a superb 2023, in the irons is an additional benefit. I expect Fireline to be perfectly placed at the top of the stretch.

Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) victress #9 Taxed (8-1) would not be a surprise in her second run since May. Conditioned by Randy Morse, the daughter of Collected has shown marked improvement since having the hood removed three back, and I loved her prep for this race when she was a clear second in the Indiana Oaks (G3) last time out. This Kentucky-bred gray has enough positional speed to avoid being left behind in the contest, and she gives the impression of a filly who will be capable at 1 1/4 miles, too. Rafael Bejarano will ride.

Coaching Club runner-up #1 Sacred Wish (8-1) and the blue-blooded #3 Julia Shining (5-1), each make sense for the vertical exotics.