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Forego Stakes Betting Preview

August 26, 2023


The 2023 Forego Stakes is an excellent showing of top-class horses for your betting pleasure. With only five horses competing, the competition will be fierce.


  • Date / Track: 08/26/2023, Saratoga Race Course

  • Post Time: 3:07 PM ET

  • Distance: 7 furlong (Dirt)

  • Purse: $500,000

Forego Stakes Betting Preview

Everyone will be looking at Elite Power and Gunite for this event. Both of these top-notch horses last battled it out at the end of July in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1), with Elite Power winning and Gunite in second.

Synthesis, another competitor in this field, also raced alongside those two. He finished fifth in that event and has a good opportunity to stay within reach here. 

Horses with Best Chance to Win

Among the field of equine competitors, these choices shine brightly as formidable candidates for triumph in the impending 2023 Forego Stakes.

Gunite 6/5

Gunite is no stranger to upsets, though this would be a minor one at best if he wins. Back in 2021, he had an 11/1 odds in the 2021 Hopeful Stakes (G1).

He placed second in the Amsterdam Stakes last year and was a runner-up in the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes (G1) against the great Jack Christopher. Will a third time be the charm for Elite Power or can Gunite finally win one over in this head-to-head?

High Oak 30/1

One interesting horse at this event is High Oak, who is seemingly under the radar. William Mott is the trainer for both Elite Power and High Oak, making this a perfect betting opportunity.

Mott won this race last year with Cody’s Wish, a horse he trained, and now has another two competing. High Oak has not won though since his victory at the Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) back in 2021.

Synthesis 20/1

Synthesis earns some respect with his recent momentum he has gained. He is coming off of a fifth place finish at the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) when he was not expected to do much (out of seven horses). 

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie are showing all five of these horses for the 2023 Forego Stakes.


  • High Oak: 30/1

  • Gunite: 6/5

  • Elite Power: 1/2

  • Pipeline: 12/1

  • Synthesis: 20/1

Elite Power 1/2

Elite Power is a perfect name for this horse. He has not lost a race since May of last year, winning eight straight races that include five graded stakes.

This will be the third time that Elite Power and Gunite battle each other, with Elite Power claiming victory twice. This will likely be another close race like it was in Vanderbilt, one that Gunite was close to winning. 

Final Pick: Take Elite Power 1/2 to Win

Written By: Andrew Leatherbury