The Charles Whittingham Stakes is just a Grade-2 race taken from Santa Anita Park in California, and it’s for male horses which are four years old and up. It is run using a turf surface over a lengthy distance of 1 1/2 miles, and it includes a purse of $200,000 as betting players search for some sort of action before the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, goes off of June 6th.
This isn’t the strongest field you’ll find in your racebook as many of the big-name horses are saving themselves for the more profitable portion of the summertime schedule and of course, all the eye goes on American Pharoah’s run for the Triple Crown. You can find only five horses slated to line on Saturday at Santa Anita, with two originating from Brazil, but the winner is an American thoroughbred as Divine Noah hasn’t been at his best in 2015, but he could just desire a good run to get his confidence up. He’ll get it at the Whittingham Stakes this weekend as he’s the smart pick with this race.
Ashleyluvssugar is coming off his graded-stakes debut in March as he won the Grade-2 San Luis Rey over a distance and a half on turf. Prior to that particular, Ashleyluvssugar had ran in nine races, seven of that have been allowance races, and he won two of those, but additionally had three finishes of fourth or worse.He hasnèt broken his maiden yet, but he did finish third in the non-graded I’m Smokin’back August 2013. In a tiny field, this four-year-old gelding might make some noise if a few things go his way.
Crucero is making his graded-stakes debut as he has yet to break his maiden in six tries, although he has won certainly one of four claiming races and is coming off a next at an allowance race at Santa Anita in April. He will probably be a longshot here because although it isn’t a heavy field, Crucero has yet to find a home on turf, dirt or an artificial surface and at five years old, he has yet to run higher than a 1 1/2 miles, so it is likely to be interesting to observe how he handles 1 1/2 miles.
Divine Oath, on the other hand, probably makes this race as the favourite as nine of his 12 starts attended in graded-stakes events, and he has won three of them, including the Grade-2 Grade-3 W.L. McKnight Handicap in December. It hasn’t been a powerful 2015 for Divine Oath, who has a fifth and two fourth-place results under his saddle up to now this year, but but if this four-year-old colt will probably transform it around for the remaining year, he should start here.
Ganesh has a single race on his resume, but it was an extraordinary second-place finish in the Grade-3 Last Tyconn last month and he hails from Brazil, so very little is known out of this six-year-old. That race was run at 1 1/4 miles, so he’ll have a little bit further to get at the finish line and he could offer some solid value to at the very least finish in the cash in such a small field. He may even find yourself winning the race and making some horse betting players very, very happy.
Going Somewhere also originates from Brazil and is making his American debut, although he has a lot of races on his resume (13 to be exact) and 12 of them have already been of the graded-stakes variety. He’s finished in the cash seven times, but he hasn’t won since his debut at the Grade-1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini in December 2012, and he also has raced since a couple of seventh-place finishes at the Grade-3 Prix Gladiateur and the Grade-1 Prix du Cadran in September and October of this past year, respectively. He is another horse which come out of left field, but he’s six years old and hasn’t run in a competitive race for over 6 months, so it’s tough to back this thoroughbred.