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Woodward Stakes Betting – Flat Out Tough

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 9/2/2011 5:38:37 PM
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Last weekend Acclamation took over as the leader of the handicap division in the West and now online horse betting enthusiasts will follow the Easterners as they get a chance to shine in the $750,000 Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at 9 furlongs at Saratoga Saturday.
Past winners of this fixture read like a who’s who of the game. Names like 5-time horse of the year Kelso, 4-time consecutive Woodward winner Forego, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and Spectacular Bid paved the way for stars of recent years.

Among those relatively recent winners fans will find the names of Easy Goer, the great Cigar, Skip Away, Ghostzapper, Curlin and one of the greatest distaffers of all time, Rachel Alexandra.

Last year Quality Road shrugged off a head defeat in the Whitney to win the Woodward going away with a 106 Beyer.

This year let’s also start with a runner that was second in the Whitney and that’s Flat Out.

He closed into a legit pace two back taking the Suburban and if he can run back to that race, and his 113 field best ever Beyer, he will be a handful.

The son of Flattered did not get the best trip in the Whitney as he was forced to alter course but told the world he was no worse for wear when he drilled on 8/18 at Monmouth in a best of 25 :57 1/5 bullet.

He has the race over the track to draw from and look for him to sit about 4 lengths off the pace, set to pounce if the leaders come back. He’s the play.

From the rail out Ice Bow just failed in a $75K optional but is seeking his first Graded score.

Mission Impazible needed his last but never kicked in the Whitney. Would expect his rider Johnny Velazquez to put him into the race earlier this time.

Giant Oak kicked off the year winning the Grade 1 Donn but has not been able to close the deal since. Hung wide last time, he tends to concede his field 8 to 10 lengths early and that means things have to break just right.

In Rule’s best moment to date he won a Grade 3 at Tampa and that was last year. This is a much different story than beating $75 stakes rivals last time but he did show a new wrinkle coming from just off the pace. If you’re betting horses, look for this guy to be in the thick of it from the get go.

Convocation finally broke through last time for his first win of the year but it was in an optional fray and against just 5 rivals. He came to this race last year off a much higher 103 Beyer yet just ran around the track and finished out of the money.

The ladies have a vehicle as filly Harve de Grace tries to prove she is not the softer set. Three for 4 this year and the loss was by a nostril and she ran her eyeballs out in defeat in lone Saratoga beat when losing by a neck to arch rival Blind Luck.

Repeatedly proven fresh, this miss is the for real.

Finally completing the field is Mambo Meister, a double stakes winner this year but against much softer. He has tried Grade 1 foes several times in his life and has not been able to close the deal.

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