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Allen Jerkens Memorial Betting Preview

August 26, 2023


The 2023 Allen Jerkens Memorial, a prestigious Grade 1 race with a $500,000 purse, stands as the pinnacle of summer for three-year-old horses built for one-turn races in Saratoga. With just six horses competing, a fierce field will be on display for perfect betting opportunities.


  • Race Date: Saturday, August 26

  • Track: Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York

  • Post Time: 4:19 PM ET

  • Distance: Seven furlongs (dirt)

  • Watch: TVG.com and FOX

Allen Jerkens Memorial Betting Preview

This esteemed event traces its origins to 1984, and over the years, its winners in the thrilling seven-furlong sprint have often foreshadowed the emergence of future equine stars. It consistently acts as a proving ground for elite one-turn horses, setting the stage for their upcoming challenges against older competitors in events like the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

It is no secret that the betting favorites are expected to win, as based on their recent performances. However, it is worth considering other closely matched horses with appealing odds.

Horses with Best Chance to Win

Within the array of prospective contenders, these selections stand out as strong candidates poised for success in the upcoming 2023 Allen Jerkens Memorial. Even if they do not clinch the first position, considering a few of these options for your exactas or trifectas could be a wise move.

New York Thunder 5/2

New York Thunder has a serious shot to win this. Out of everything he has put together this season, it makes sense to pick him to win. He has won both of his events he has competed in this year, including the Amsterdam (G2) event.

Fort Bragg 5/2

Fort Bragg has one victory and one runner-up out of four starts this year. His recent race was back at Dwyer (G3) in Belmont Park where he won by a nose. This event has better competition, so he will need to be perfect here.

Verifying 4/1

Verifying has two victories and two runner-ups this season. His recent performance was a victory at the Indiana Derby (G3) where he nosed at the finish. He also has a strong bloodline, being the son of the 13th Triple Crown Winner Justify.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie showcase all six horses for the 2023 Allen Jerkens Memorial.


  • Drew’s Gold: 12 /1

  • One in Vermillion: 10/1

  • Verifying: 4/1

  • Fort Bragg: 5/2

  • New York Thunder: 5/2

  • Arabian Lion: 2/1

Arabian Lion 2/1

Arabian Lion has won two races out of four this year that he has entered. His most recent success was at Woody Stephens (G1), which is a similar track at Belmont Park that typically correlates well for horses entering this event.

Final Pick: Take Arabian Lion 2/1 to Win

Written By: Andrew Leatherbury