Monday’s 13th race, the Grade I Hopeful Stakes, will be the last stakes race of the 2020 Saratoga meet. Run at seven furlongs on the dirt, the race is likely to be a showdown between three contenders: Jackie’s Warrior (7-5), Reinvestment Risk (8-5), and Mutasaabeq (5-2).
Jackie’s Warrior will likely attempt to wire the field, as he has the best early speed of the group. He is already a graded stakes-winner and is a 2-year-old trained by Steven Asmussen, which is always a good combo. The catch is that today’s race is a length longer than he has ever raced, and for a sprinter who puts it all into the early pace, there seems a chance he could be caught.
Reinvestment Risk is a little more even in his pace figures, and in his only race posted a higher Beyer speed rating than either of those posted by Jackie’s Warrior. He won that race convincingly, and built on his lead in the stretch, so another furlong should not be an issue.
Mutasaabeq hasn’t shown as much as his rivals, but he is in the same class as they are and may still have this race in him.
FIRST RACE: 2-Iranistan, 9-Noah And The Ark, 3-New Member, 8-Go Get The Basil.
SECOND RACE: 2-Build To Suit, 3-Fort Worth, 1-Joe’S Smokin Gun, 4-Celtic Chaos.
THIRD RACE: 5-Ready Seeker, 4-Editor At Large, 9-Domain Expertise, 3-Threatlevelmidnite.
FOURTH RACE: 4-Rightdowngentlemen, 6-Kabob, 2-Road To Meath, 1-Larceny.
FIFTH RACE: 3-Heirloom Kitten, 4-Per Capita, 6-Candy Tycoon, 7-Yankee Division.
SIXTH RACE: 8-Aristocratic, 3-Chateau, 7-Life In Shambles, 5-Flowers For Lisa.
SEVENTH RACE: 9-Army Wife, 8-Julie Bird, 5-Freedomofthepress, 6-Mrs Frankel.
EIGHTH RACE: 5-Breaking The Rules, 1-Devamani, 2-Largent, 4-Ballagh Rocks.
NINTH RACE: 9-Savoy, 3-Speaker’S Corner, 6-Team Merchants, 5-Happy Rage.
TENTH RACE: 1-Ima Pharoah, 4-Binkster, 2-Cucina, 5-Maximiliano.
ELEVENTH RACE: 1-Mystery Bank, 6-Mr. Kringle, 2-Quarterback Dak, 9-Elusive Ruler.
TWELFTH RACE: 3-Lonesome Fugitive, 9-Gauguin, 6-Bray, 8-Succeedandsurpass.
THIRTEENTH RACE: 5-Reinvestment Risk, 6-Jackie’S Warrior, 3-Mutasaabeq, 2-Papetu.
FOURTEENTH RACE: 9-Mohjestic, 2-Stare Decisis, 5-Bold Gem, 12-Gunman.
Come Dancing (tenth).
Record for meet: 94 for 395