Bet on the Man o’ War Stakes
The Man o’ War Stakes, run at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY, has long been recognized as a premier turf race in the United States with international appeal. A Grade 1 event worth $600,000, the race routinely attracts top American and European turf horses. The Man o’ War is run in mid-May at a distance of one mile and three eighths making it a logical race for horses with Breeder’s Cup Turf aspirations.
Man o’ War Stakes Racebooks
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Man o’ War Stakes Betting Odds
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2016 Man o’ War Contenders
In a race that seems to break down as a test between the top 3 and everyone else, Wake Forest (2-1 in the morning line) and Kaigun (5-2), will meet for the second time this spring, after the former bested the latter by a head after both came from off a fairly slow pace. Since then, Ontario-bred Kaigun has run second in the Dixiana Elkhorn at Keeneland. Lightly raced since coming over from Europe following a well-traveled that career that saw wins at the Group 3 level, Wake Forest ran sixth in last summer’s Arlington Million, and will be making just his second start since then. Up With The Birds (6-1) spent a lot of his career campaigning on the turf at Woodbine, but has been a winner and multi-times placed in graded stakes on US soil as well. French Bred Morandi (8-1) has a Group 1 win to his credit, but has struggled at the allowance level since shipping over last summer.
The Picks 1) Kaigun 2) Wake Forest 3) Up With The Birds
Did you know?
The traditionally powerful Phipps Stable has won the last three runnings of the Man o’ War with Point of Entry in 2012, Boisterous in 2013, and Imagining in 2014. Point of Entry would go on to run second in the Breeder’s Cup Turf at Santa Anita in 2012 behind long-shot winner Little Mike. Cape Blanco was an impressive winner of the Man o’ War in 2011 and went on to win the Arlington Million before missing the Breeder’s Cup with an injury. Gio Ponti became the fourth horse to win multiple editions of the Man o’ War by winning the 2009 and 2010 races in a storied career that earned him the reputation as one of the best American turf horses of all time.
The 2008 running of the Man o’ War featured a very rare event: three Breeder’s Cup winners in the same field. Red Rocks won the Breeder’s Cup turf in 2006, Better Talk Now won the 2004 Breeder’s Cup Turf, and Curlin, the 2007 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner, was making the only turf start of his career. The trio ran 1-2-3, with Red Rocks defeating the 2/5 shot Curlin by a length and Better Talk Now running on late for third place. Secretariat set a track record in the 1973 Man o’ War despite running mostly on dirt throughout his career.