Brent Sedo | Fri 16/02/2018 - 14:00 EST

2018 Rachel Alexandra Stakes Picks

2018 Rachel Alexandra Stakes Picks

Rachel Alexandra Stakes Preview and Odds

Named for the 2009 Preakness Stakes winning filly, the Rachel Alexandra is the first of the 30 Kentucky Oaks qualifiers in the 2017-18 season to offer points on a 50-20-10-4 scale. In the past couple of years, the cut-off point for the 14 spots in the Oaks starting gate has been right around 40 points, and so it's clear that a win or even a runner-up finish in the Rachel Alexandra would go a long way for a filly trying to make the Oaks field. 

In an evenly matched field for what should be a very good betting race, Wonder Gadot (4-1 in the morning line odds) is already a graded-stakes winner, having won the (G2) Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct in December, as well as the (G3) Mazarine Stakes at her homebase of Woodbine last October. She made her 2018 debut at Fair Grounds, finishing second by a neck to a 33-1 long shot in the Siverbulletday Stakes, but that effort was probably just what she needed after a six-week layoff, and she should be primed for her second race off the break. 

She has shown very good ability to stalk just off the pace, and with a win already at 1 1/8 miles, distance isn't a question. Breaking from the #4 gate should allow jockey John Velazquez every opportunity to put her in a good position early. She currently sits in third place on the Oaks leaderboard with 14 points. 

Monomy Girl Needs To Grow Up

Favored in the ML at odds of 8-5, Monomoy Girl started her career with two consecutive wins on the turf, before she was switched to dirt to capture the Rags To Riches Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs last October. She capped 2017 by stepping up to graded-stakes racing, where she ran second in the (G2) Golden Rod Stakes. She was a bit erratic in the stretch drive in that one, lugging in and out, which is what ultimately caused her to lose the race by just a neck. The Rachel Alexandra will be her first start of 2018. 

Monomoy Girl is expected to show lots of early speed, and she's most likely going to be joined on the front end by Classy Act (6-1) who will be making her stakes debut. It took her four tries to get her maiden win, but she did that on the Fair Grounds turf course in late December, and then came back to win last month on the Fair Grounds dirt at the allowance level. She went wire-to-wire for the win, setting fast early fractions and then cruising to the win by 2 1/2 lengths.

If a speed duel does develop up front, it could play right into the hands of a closer like Patrona Margarita (6-1) who came from way back to capture the (G2) Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill last September by 3 3/4 lengths at odds of 24-1. She seems to be getting better as the distances increase, but she has been off since the Pocahontas win, and conditioning may be a factor. 

The Rachel Alexander Stakes goes Saturday, February 17 from Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. One of several stakes races in the card, it precedes the (G2) Risen Star Stakes, which is a qualifier for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Expected post time for the Rachel Alexander is 4:05 PM Central. 

Entries w/ ML Odds

  1. Actress On Board (20-1)
  2. Testing One Two (6-1)
  3. Classy Act (6-1)
  4. Wonder Gadot (4-1)
  5. She's A Julie (12-1)
  6. Heavenly Love (6-1)
  7. Patrona Margarita (6-1)
  8. Monomy Girl (8-5)

Rachel Alexandra Picks

  • 1) #4 - Wonder Gadot
  • 2) #7 - Patrona Margarita
  • 3) #8 - Monomy Girl
  • 4) #3 - Classy Act

You can bet the Rachel Alexandra Stakes and the entire schedule of races leading to the Friday, May 4, Kentucky Oaks with an account at a top-rated online racebook

Rank Bonus SIGN UP BONUS Review Visit Site
1
2
3

Category : Betting Picks

Tag : BetOnline , Horse Racing

More articles...
Betting Picks - 20/08/19
Travers Stakes 2019: Breeders' Cup Spot Up For Grabs 
The Travers Stakes is the oldest stakes race in US thoroughbred racing. It was first contested on August 2nd, 1864. Among the horses that have won the historic race was Whirlaway, the 1941 Triple Crown winner.

Other famous winners of the Travers States are Alydar, Arrogate, Buckpasser, Easy Goer, Man o’ War, Point Given, and Sword Dancer. The winner of this race also receives an automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup.
Betting Picks - 12/08/19
NFL Futures: Patriots Look For Record Super Bowl Win 
The NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. The league was born during a meeting in a Canton, Ohio car dealership in 1920, and has grown to become the most popularity sports betting entity in North America. The New England Patriots have won two of the last three Super Bowls. Super Bowl Sunday, slated this season for Miami's Hard Rock Stadium, is the biggest single sports wagering day of the year.
Betting Picks - 08/08/19
UFC 241: Heavyweight Showdown On Tap 
The big boys will take center stage in the octagon at UFC 241. UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his title against former champ Stipe Miocic.

Cormier defeated Miocic to win the title at UFC 236 on July 7th 2018. Miocic is listed as the No. 1 contender for the heavyweight title. His loss to Cormier was his first in the octagon since 2014. He's never lost two in a row.
Betting Picks - 23/07/19
UFC 240: Holloway, Cyborg Seek Redemption From Rare Setbacks 
Check out the odds and picks for the UFC 240 here.