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Ballerina Handicap Betting Preview

August 26, 2023


The 2023 Ballerina Handicap strives to surpass the excellence of last year's race, a challenging feat to outdo. The competition features numerous skilled horses, including two returning for their second appearance on this track. 


  • Race Date: Saturday, August 26

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

  • Post Time: 4:55 PM ET

  • Distance: Seven furlongs (dirt)

Ballerina Handicap Betting Preview

All the focus will primarily be on Goodnight Olive and Echo Zulu, as these two horses raced against one another back at Keeneland at the Breeders’ Cup. Goodnight Olive came away from the victory, while Echo Zulu was close behind.

This track is similar to the one at the Breeders’ Cup, meaning those two are highly sought after to win. The best fillies will be on display and will be essentially a “win and you are in” for the upcoming Breeder’s Cup.

Horses with Best Chance to Win

Amidst the pool of potential winners, these horses are compelling candidates with a promising outlook for victory in the forthcoming 2023 Ballerina Handicap. Even if they fail to secure the top spot, contemplating a few of these possibilities for your exacta or trifecta bets could prove to be a savvy decision.

Goodnight Olive 9/5

Goodnight Olive is searching for a repeat, after winning here a year ago. She also performed well when she won at the Breeders’ Cup, outpacing fellow racers such as Echo Zulu and Wicked Halo. This is also a great option to make it within the top three.

Matareya 6/1

In three races this year, she has placed first, second, and third. Her recent performance was a third place finish at the Chicago G3 race. She definitely has had a good track record so far and could possibly steal the show for a good price.

Wicked Halo 8/1

Wicked Halo has had some close calls this year, with two second place finishes as well as two victories. Her last race was at Twin Bridges where she was victorious. This could be her opportunity to win against some of the best horses around and look to win for a second consecutive event.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie show that these horses have a good shot to win the 2023 Ballerina Handicap.


  • Echo Zulu: 7/5

  • Goodnight Olive: 9/5

  • Caramel Swirl: 10/1

  • Matareya: 6/1

  • Wicked Halo: 8/1

Echo Zulu 7/5

Echo Zulu has been perfect this year in two races, winning both of her appearances. She will have a lot of potential, as she has been successful in G1 races before. She is one of the fastest horses and it makes sense why she is a favorite to win.

Final Pick: Take Echo Zulu 7/5 to Win

Written By: Andrew Leatherbury