Highlander Stakes is a Grade I for three -year-old and up colts and geldings at six furlongs on turf. Purse $250,000. Green Mask won the 2017 Highlander Stakes. Highlander Stakes is a “ You Win You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race for the Turf Sprint.
|1||Axtell||Luis Contreras||Kevin Boniface||15/1|
|2||Imprimis||Joel Rosario||Joseph Orseno||5/2|
|3||Corinthia Knight||Luke Morris||Archie Watson||10/1|
|4||Holding Gold||John Velazquez||Mark Casse||8/1|
|5||Lady Alexandra||Jose Ortiz||Graham Motion||6/1|
|6||Long On Value||Florent Geroux||Brad Cox||7/2|
|7||Ikerrin Road||David Moran||Vito Armata||20/1|
|8||Belvoir Bay||Tyler Baze||Peter Miller||3/1|
|9||Abbaa||Gary Boulanger||Norman McKnight||15/1|
|10||Boreal Spirit||Rafael Hernandez||Jennifer Shafer||20/1|
Long On Value who is coming off win in the $69,711 Mighty Beau over five furlongs on turf at Churchill Downs. In a previous trip to Woodbine , Long On Value had finished a very troubled third in the Grade I Ricoh Woodbine Mile.
Holding Gold has been compromised by difficult trips on more than one occasion and comes into the Highlander off a wide fourth-place finish in Belmont’s Grade II Jaipur Stakes at six furlongs.
Lady Alexandra won the $100,000 License Fee at Belmont on April 29, which is her only start in 2018. Her record is 4-0-1 from eight with earnings of $210,250.
Belvoir Bay has a three-race Stake Race win streak at on Santa Anita going 6 1/2 furlongs on Hillside turf course. In 2018 she has won three Stake Races: Mizdirection Stakes, San Siemeon Stakes and Monrovia Stakes. Her 2018 earning are $228,000.
Imprimis was won all of his four career starts. He won all of the races over five furlongs on turf . His latest win was the Turf Sprint at Pimlico on May 18. He has earnings of $151,400.
Corinthia Knight has four wins on synthetic surfaces in 2018. Corinthia Knight finished fourth in his US debut at Del Mar in the Qatar Juvenile Turf Sprint on November 14, 2017.
Axtell won an Allowance race going six furlongs on turf at Belmont in his last race. He set a new track record with a 1:06.78 running time. His record time has been broken. His record has been broken and the new record is to 1:06.74.
Rounding out the field is local runners: Abbaa, Boreal Spirit, and Ikerrin Road, each should be long-shots at the start of the Highlander Stakes.
Our Top Three Picks are:
- Holding Gold
- Long On Value