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Charles Whittingham Stakes Betting – Divine Noah Whips A Small Field At Santa Anita

Posted by on 5/22/2015 9:09:40 PM

The Charles Whittingham Stakes is a Grade-2 race coming out of Santa Anita Park in California, and it is for male horses that are three years old and up. It is run on a turf surface over a lengthy distance of 1 1/2 miles, and it features a purse of $200,000 as betting players look for some sort of action before the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, goes off of June 6th.

This isn't the strongest field you'll find in your racebook as many of the big-name horses are saving themselves for the more profitable portion of the summer schedule and of course, all the attention is going on American Pharoah's run for the Triple Crown. There are only five horses slated to line up on Saturday at Santa Anita, with two coming from Brazil, but the winner is an American thoroughbred as Divine Noah hasn't been at his best in 2015, but he might just need a good run to get his confidence up. He'll get it at the Whittingham Stakes this weekend as he is the smart pick for this race.

What : Horse Betting

When : May 24th, 4:30 PM ET

Where : Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA

Pick : Divine Noah

Ashleyluvssugar is coming off his graded-stakes debut in March as he won the Grade-2 San Luis Rey over a mile and a half on turf. Prior to that, Ashleyluvssugar had ran in nine races, seven of which were allowance races, and he won two of those, but also had three finishes of fourth or worse.He hasnèt broken his maiden yet, but he did finish third in the non-graded I'm Smokin' back in August 2013. In a small field, this four-year-old gelding could make some noise if a few things go his way.

Crucero is making his graded-stakes debut as he has yet to break his maiden in six tries, although he has won one of four claiming races and is coming off a third at an allowance race at Santa Anita in April. He is going to be a longshot here because even though it isn't a deep field, Crucero has yet to find a home on turf, dirt or a synthetic surface and at five years old, he has yet to run more than a 1 1/2 miles, so it will be interesting to see how he handles 1 1/2 miles.

Divine Oath, on the other hand, probably comes into this race as the favorite as nine of his 12 starts have come in graded-stakes events, and he has won three of them, including the Grade-2 Grade-3 W.L. McKnight Handicap in December. It hasn't been a strong 2015 for Divine Oath, who has a fifth and two fourth-place results under his saddle so far this year, but but if this four-year-old colt is going to turn it around for the rest of the year, he should start here.

Ganesh has a single race on his resume, but it was an impressive second-place finish in the Grade-3 Last Tyconn last month and he hails from Brazil, so not much is known from this six-year-old. That race was run at 1 1/4 miles, so he'll have a little bit further to get to the finish line and he could offer some solid value to at least finish in the money in such a small field. He could even end up winning the race and making some horse betting players very, very happy.

Going Somewhere also comes from Brazil and is making his American debut, although he has plenty of races on his resume (13 to be exact) and 12 of them have been of the graded-stakes variety. He has finished in the money seven times, but he hasn't won since his debut at the Grade-1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini in December 2012, and he also has raced since a pair of seventh-place finishes at the Grade-3 Prix Gladiateur and the Grade-1 Prix du Cadran in September and October of last year, respectively. He is another horse that come out of nowhere, but he is six years old and hasn't run in a competitive race for over six months, so it's tough to back this thoroughbred.

How It Will Play Out

This looks like it is Divine Oath's race to win and he should be able to get back on track on Sunday with a decisive win at Santa Anita.

Charles Whittingham Stakes Betting Pick: Divine Oath

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