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John's Call Stakes Betting Preview

August 23, 2023

The 2023 Johns' Call Stakes offers plenty of betting options, as many great names are available on the board. Can the unexpected prevail over a favorite, or will a hot streak make a difference?

Johns' Call Stakes Betting Preview

John’s Call was a horse that won numerous events against all odds and has since been the name of this event dating back to 2004. It was the oldest horse to win a Grade 1 race at Saratoga.

The 2023 Johns' Call Stakes features plenty of horses on a prestigious 1 5/8-mile turf race held at Saratoga every summer. This will be exclusively held for horses without any 2023 Grade 1 or Grade 2 turf stakes victories and the victorious steed will claim a generous prize of $135,000.

Horses with Best Chance to Win

Out of the horses on the board, these are likely the best options for the 2023 Johns' Call Stakes.

Tawny Port 9-2

Tawny Port has a few victories in Grade 3 on dirt that could translate success here. Just a few ago, he made his turf debut and finished fifth in the Grade 2 Bowling Green event that showed promise for what could come.

Tide of the Sea 6-1

Tide of the Sea placed third in the 2022 John's Call, which moved over to the main track in that event. He has some positive momentum coming into this one, as he placed second in the Grade 2 Fort Marcy with career-best 99 Beyer Figure earlier this year at Belmont. He also finished seventh in the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup back in June, but he should excel on a shorter distance for this race.

British Royalty 7-2

British Royalty was a thrilling horse to watch in his last event. He made an impressive comeback in the Belmont Gold Cup, finishing third despite starting at the back of the pack. The 5-year-old gelding had not raced in six months prior to that event and had previously placed second in the same race in 2022.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The odds from MyBookie are showing that the following five horses have a great chance to win the 2023 Johns' Call Stakes.

  • Good Stake: 10-1

  • Serifos: 20-1

  • Burning Bright: 12-1

  • Pioneering Spirit: 5-2

  • British Royalty: 7-2

  • *odds are subject to changes

Pioneering Spirit 5-2

Pioneering Spirit has dominated in his previous four races and all have been with jockey Jose Ortiz. This marks the first time, however, that he will be racing in the stakes class with other prominent names.

This horse is the son of American Pharaoh, who was the 12th horse to achieve the Triple Crown and is arguably one of the most famous horses in the last two decades. You could not ask for a better horse with a ton of momentum heading into this event.

Final Pick: Take Pioneering Spirit to Win at 5-2 odds

Written By: Andrew Leatherbury