2018 Artie Schiller Stakes

2018 Artie Schiller Stakes

The non-graded stakes event features plenty of classy runners, including 3/1 morning line second choice Qurbaan, who most recently finished third in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. Qurbaan could well go to post favored over Bricks and Mortar (5/2) who has not raced since October of 2017.

Betting Tips

The Field

While Qurbaan certainly looks to be a solid wagering choice, Blacktype (9/2) and Projected (4/1) also stand out as viable win candidates. The former won the Grade 2 Knickerbocker Stakes Oct.8 and enters on a two-race winning streak. Here's the rest of the field listed by post position:

  • 1-Qurbaan 5/2
  • 2-Profiteer 10/1
  • 3-Backsideofthemoon 30/1
  • 4-Black Tide 15/1
  • 5-Blacktype 9/2
  • 6-Bricks and Mortar 5/2
  • 7-Proforma 15/1
  • 8-Dalarna 30/1
  • 9-Projected 4/1
  • 10-Dr. Edgar 10/1

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  • 11-Papa Zulu 3/1
  • 12-Exulting 7/5

Thoughts and picks

Bricks and Mortar is a false morning line favorite at 5/2. Bettors should be encouraged that this horse figures to take some money away from the rest of the field, but it's highly doubtful he'll reach the starting gate favored. In any event, being able to eliminate a short-price horse certainly assists with wagering strategy.

Qurbaan Artie Schiller Stakes Odds
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Qurbaan is certainly an improving horse and should be able to display the strong late kick he's demonstrated in recent races against better company. Notably, Qurbaan defeated both Profiteer and Projected two starts ago while winning the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.

Qurbaan is my pick, but I aslo fancy Blacktype who could take this field a long way while racing on or near the lead. Check the site often for more free picks.

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