Patch to race tomorrow in the Stephen F. Foster Handicap


June 15th 2018 – Updated June 16th 2018 6:45 PM CST

Tomorrow evening, NBC Sports will air the Stephen F. Foster Handicap, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Post time is 9:39 PM EST, 8:39 PM CST.

The one-eyed horse Patch was entered and drew the 2nd post and was given 10-1 Morning Line Odds. He’ll have some stiff competition in Backyard Heaven (6/5), Irish War Cry (5/1), Pavel (5/1), Lookin’ At Lee (12/1) and last year’s Stephen F. Foster Runner-Up–Honorable Duty (6/1). This will be a very interesting race because 7 out of the 9 entries are all coming off of wins in their last start.

I was planning on previewing this race, but life got in the way. The birth of my grandson Madden Joseph came unexpectedly late last night. And I have finally added a Grandson to my Grankid Trifecta.

Anyway, you can see the full Stephen F. Foster Handicap field on Equibase by clicking HERE

Update: You can see the Brisnet Past Performances by clicking HERE. When looking at the Brisnet Prime Power Ratings, this should be a close and exciting race. The horses that I would put in my Trifecta would be: Backyard Heaven, Honorable Duty and Patch. But I would give this a low confidence rating because this field is so close in talent. 

Backyard Heaven is the deserved favorite, but I am not sure he really deserves odds as low as 6/5 in this field. I don’t feel that this is the best distance for Patch but I feel his chances of hitting the board are pretty good. One horse that many liked last year, Pavel, could pull a surprise performance. He finished 4th in the Gold Cup race at Santa Anita Park back three weeks ago. 

On the docket…

I submitted my article for US Racing today that is tentatively titled: “Justify vs American Pharoah: Who’s Better?” This should come out in the next few days and I would guess by Monday evening at the latest. I’ll keep you posted.