How to bet the Hall of Fame Stakes
A fantastic cast of seven 3-year-olds, one of which is a main-track only entrant, will vie in Saturday’s $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) at Saratoga.
Hall of Fame Analysis
The pace of the 9-furlong test on the inner turf will be established by #3 Get Smokin, who will lead the field to the top of the lane.
Hall of Fame Contenders
#1 DOMESTIC SPENDING -- Unbeaten Chad Brown trainee has displayed a fine turn of foot in both lifetime starts to date. Kingman gelding draws well inside and will challenge for the top prize with another step forward on Saturday. Irad has the call and will be saving ground throughout atop the bay.
#2 MOON OVER MIAMI -- Recent allowance winner makes his local debut for Mott. Malibu Moon colt won with blinkers added at Churchill Downs most recently, but he faces a tall task against a field of this stature, however. Junior Alvarado will be up.
#3 GET SMOKIN -- Dangerous chestnut is three times stakes placed on the green for Tom Bush. Get Stormy gelding is lone speed on paper, and he could get brave late if he establishes a slow early tempo. Jose Ortiz riding adds to the intrigue.
#4 MONEY MOVES -- Talented sophomore is two-for-two on the dirt for Pletcher, while overcoming adversity on each occasion. $975,000 purchase would be the clear one to beat if the race washes off the lawn.
#5 GUFO -- Streaking son of Declaration of War reeled off his fourth straight win with a strong late burst in the Kent (G3) for Clement. Chestnut could be compromised by a slow early pace in the Hall of Fame, but he is a must use, nonetheless. David Cohen inherits the ride.
#6 EVER DANGEROUS -- Weaver pupil has gone unplaced in a pair of attempts following a sharp debut tally at Gulfstream Park. Son of Kitten’s Joy figures to get a great trip on Saturday while tracking from second, but he will need improvement to match strides with the big guns in the field late. Javier Castellano will take the reins.
#7 DECORATED INVADER -- Superb Grade 1 winner is perfect from two outings in 2020, including a tour-de-force romp in the Pennine Ridge (G2) at Belmont last time out. Kentucky-bred broke his maiden in a good way on the course as a juvenile, and he is simply all class for Clement. Bay will track the action while in the clear beneath Rosario.
Hall of Fame Wagers
- $20 Trifecta Key: 7 with 1,5 ($40)
- $10 Trifecta 1,5 with 7 with 1,5 ($20)