Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes – Saturday, June 12, 2021

by Cole Paganelli | June 10, 2021 |

The Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes will take place as Race 9 of a scheduled 11-race card going to post at 10:11 pm (ET). Eleven horses will be running for the $150,000 purse. This race is restricted to fillies and mares four years old and up and will be run on the turf surface. The distance for the Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes will be 8.5 furlongs.

The weather for this day’s events looks warm in the mid-eighties. Typical running styles that win over this track in recent history are those who can stalk the early pace. Of the contenders today, we will be highlighting four who can bring home a win late Saturday.

Betting Preview: (2) Juliet Foxtrot

Their recent race history suggests a stake win coming first off the layoff in a Grade 1 event make Juliet Foxtrot the prohibitive favorite, even if her running style is to lead all the way around. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione is winning at 20% for the meet, while trainer Brad Cox, fresh off his Belmont Win, is winning at 28% at Churchill. Their running style is that of the pacemaker, and without much other early speed, this race could turn into a paid workout.

Betting Preview: (8) Tuned

Their recent race history suggests previous stakes placings at a similar level, and their ability to come from just off the pace put this horse as someone who can get up in the final strides. Jockey David Cohen is only winning at 4%, but trainer Graham Motion is winning at a respectable 14%.

Their running style is one who can come from just off the pace as a stalker. Workout times are average, and I know Tuned hasn’t won the big one just yet, but maybe, just maybe, Saturday is the day. What Tuned really needs is for some other horse like (9) Crystal Ball to go and press the pace. If there is a speed duel on the front end, this is the only stalker I like who can truly just pass tired rivals and get a victory.

Betting Preview: (3) Hendy Woods

Their recent race history suggests a win at the higher allowance level and a previous stakes victory in 2020 put this horse as a possible mild upset pick. Jockey Florent Geroux is winning at 22%. Their running style is that of one who can win from both far off or close to the pace. Although there may be some losses on their more current resume, losses to some special horses can always be forgiven.

Betting Preview: (4) Vezpa

You can call me crazy, but there could be something about this shipper from Brazil. Their recent race history suggests a win over Chuchill at long odds closing into a relatively slow pace make this one interesting second time out in America. Jockey Joe Talamo stays aboard, and Vezpa seems to want to close into a hot pace. I wouldn’t be absolutely shocked if she noses them at the wire.

Spooky Express Free Pick: (2) Juliet Foxtrot to win easily

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