Each year the Breeders’ Cup serves up quite a daily double. It
produces an array of the year’s best races along with a coupled entry
of some of the season’s most perplexing handicapping challenges.
With the Breeders’ Cup just two weeks away, handicappers searching
for a puzzle upon which to sharpen their skills would be wise to focus
on Saturday’s $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland Race
Course. The seven-furlong sprint on the synthetic Polytrack surface
brings together 14 evenly matched three-year-old fillies and is about
as close to a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma as one might
find at a racetrack.
It is a baffling contest that has a vulnerable favorite, a couple of
horses who figure to bounce after career-best efforts, and even a
shipper with seven straight wins trying a synthetic surface for the
Basically, the Raven Run is one of those races that explains why the
“all” button was created for multi-race wagers. Yet, for all the
headaches it may spawn, all of this confusion just might produce a very
rewarding payoff—if you are fortunate enough to key on the right horse.