2018 Kennedy Road Stakes Odds
The (G2) Kennedy Road Stakes highlights this weekend's racing at Woodbine. With a purse of $175,000 on the line, the race has drawn nine top sprinters to battle it out over six furlongs on Woodbine's all-weather surface. Leading the parade to the gate will be Yorkton, the betting favorite in both the Woodbine handicapper's morning line odds and in Bodog's online racebook.
He was only sixth in this race last year, but Yorkton (7-5 morning line favorite) comes into the race this year in much better form, having a win and two runner-up finishes in his last three starts, all at the graded-stakes level.
Trained by Stuart Simon, Yorkton has spent much of the season at Woodbine racing in the shadow of Pink Lloyd, who earlier this year set the track record for the distance and finished three lengths in front of Yorkton three starts back in the (G3) Vigil Stakes.
But it was Yorkton who got the upper hand next time out in the (G3) Bold Venture, after which he was narrowly beaten by just a neck in the (G2) Nearctic Stakes on the turf.
He is the class of this field, and a repeat of either of those efforts should be enough to get him the win.
- 01Vici Making His Woodbine Debut
- 02Hemp Hemp Hurray Needs to Regain His Form
- 03Bet Woodbine Saturday Racing Online
Vici Making His Woodbine Debut
With a solid favorite on top, handicappers may be looking at the race in terms of finding a higher priced horse to put underneath in exactas, and Vici comes into the race in double-digit ML odds of 10-1.
Trained by Michael Maker, Vici has been in the money in eight-of-ten starts this year with a pair of wins. While both of those came at the allowance level, he has made two consectuitive starts in the US in graded-stakes, and two starts back managed to run third in the (G3) Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint.
Last out Vici was overmatched in the (G2) Woodford Stakes, but he gets a slight drop in class here to make his debut racing on the all-weather surface.
From down on the inside gate comes the 2017 Kennedy Road runner-up Ikerrin Road, listed at 5-1 in the ML. He’s an Irish-bred who has spent the past two season racing at Woodbine where most of his wins have come in the allowance ranks, although he did take the (G3) Bold Venture Stakes last year.
He was eighth in the Nearctic but only three lengths off the winner in a blanket finish, and should be competitive in this field and possibly overlooked at the betting windows.
Hemp Hemp Hurray Needs to Regain His Form
Listed at 3-1, Hemp Hemp Hurray is second choice in the morning line odds and is the second entry with Vici for trainer Michael Maker.
He started the year on a positive note with a win in the Animal Kingdom Stakes at Turfway Park, but he’s winless in five starts since, and last out could only manage a fourth-place finish as the overwhelming favorite in an allowance race won by Ikerrin Road.
The 2018 Kennedy Road Stakes goes Saturday, November 24 from Woodbine Race Track. As race #8 on the day, the expected post time is 4:42 PM Eastern.
Kennedy Road Stakes Picks
- 1) #2 – Yorkton
- 2) #8 – Vici
- 3) #1 – Ikerrin Road
- 4) #7 – Hemp Hemp Hurray
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