Bet on the Woodward Stakes
The Woodward Stakes at Saratoga is a Grade 1 race historically and traditionally recognized as an elite race for older horses. Run at a mile and an eighth on dirt for a purse of $600,000, the Woodward has been won by such thoroughbred immortals as Kelso (1961-63), Forego (1974-77), Seattle Slew (1978), Affirmed (1979), Holy Bull (1994), Cigar (1995-96), and Rachel Alexandra (2009). The late summer timing of the race has also made it a popular pre-destination for horses pointing towards the Breeder’s Cup Classic.
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Woodward Stakes Betting Odds
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2016 Woodward Stakes Contenders
Frosted (1-2 in the morning line) has enjoyed a solid campaign in 2016, and comes into the Woodward looking for his third straight win, after blowing away the field in the Metropolitan Handicap, and then prevailing over a much tougher group last out in the Whitney Stakes. He’ll likely be sitting just off the pace here and will be moving to the front as they turn for home. From there, it might be up to the expected early leader in Bradester (6-1) to try and hold on for as long as he can, with a group likely to include Shaman Ghost (12-1) and Samraat (10-1) all coming to try and get a piece. Shaman Ghost took the Brooklyn Handicap two starts back and then faltered to fifth last out in the Suburban Handicap and will get first-time lasix. Samraat almost always shows up to run, but has not had a win in quite awhile.
Entries w/Morning Line Odds
1) Shaman’s Ghost (12-1)
2) Breaking Lucky (20-1)
3) Frosted (1-2)
4) Bradestar (6-1)
5) Catholic Cowboy (20-1)
6) Samraat (10-1)
7) Tale of Verve (30-1)
8) Tapin Mojo (50-1)
9) Mubtaahij (5-1)
Did you know?
Since its inaugural running in 1954, the Woodward Stakes has been a destination race for trainers and owners often serving to solidify or establish the credentials of the best older horses in training. Since the inception of Breeder’s Cup Classic in 1984, a total of four Woodward Stakes winners went on to claim the Classic with Curlin, the 2007 Breeder’s Cup Classic Winner, claiming the Woodward the following year. Rachel Alexandra won the Woodward in 2009 becoming the first filly in the history of the race to do so – an even more astounding feat for a three year-old.
In 2011, Havre de Grace, trained by Larry Jones became the second filly to win the Woodward. She would go on to be the favorite in the Breeder’s Cup Classic that year, but finished fourth to Drosselmeyer. Despite the loss, Havre de Grace would go on to claim 2011 Horse of the Year Honors. In total, Woodward winners have claimed 17 Horse of the Year awards – the most prestigious honor in racing. Five horses – Kelso, Forego, Cigar, Slew o’ Gold, and Sword Dancer – have won multiple Woodward Stakes with Cigar, Slew o’ Gold and Sword Dancer twice, Kelso thrice, and Forego a record four consecutive winning efforts from 1974-77.