Saturday will be the 36th running of the Woody Stephens Stakes. Woody Stephens was a hall of fame trainer that won 5 Belmont Stakes in his career.
Post time with be 12:25 at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY. It will be a 7-furlong test for 3-year-old colts on the dirt track.
The Grade 1 race has a purse of $250,00. Here is the list of 5 horses that will be competing.
- No Parole
- Mischevious Alex
- Echo Town
The highest rated horse coming into the race will be coming out of the middle position. Mischevious Alex will enter Saturday with a 3-race win streak. This includes his 9 ¾ length victory in the 7-furlong Parx Juvenile at the end of last year.
“He’s not a big horse, so you kind of always worry about how far he will go and he doesn’t have a distance pedigree,” trainer John Servis noted. “But the big asset with him is he has a great mind. He is such a smart horse. Nothing gets him upset. He just cruises along and waits for you to call on him.”
Mischevious Alex is looking to add points to his resume for a possible run in the Kentucky Derby in September.
Coming out of the first gate, No Parole also has an impressive history. I his short career of 5 races, he has finished first in 4 of them. Only coming in 8th in the only race that was over a mile.
The Tom Amoss trained colt will have a lot of speed coming out of the inside.
Echo Town’s last win came by a half-length at Churchill Downs. With both of his previous starts this year at 6 furlongs, he is accustomed to the short distance.
With a stakes race with this small of a field, anything can happen. However, Mischevious Alex looks like the superior horse of the field.
He was once discussed as a horse that could be contending in the Belmont Stakes, but will now look to pad his stats with a win in the undercard.
His trainer has discussed plenty of reasons why this horse is special.
“I guess it’s class,” Servis said. “You know, he walks around the barn like he owns the barn.”
I’ll be taking Mischevious Alex to win the Woody Stephens Stakes. Will likely include No Parole and Echo Town in my trifecta.
Spooky Express Free Pick – Mischevious Alex
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