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Today's Beatable Favorite(s): None
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Graded Stakes - 10/16 - Keeneland - QE II
2.Empress Josephine ( Ire )
3.Shantisara ( Ire )
Pretty competitive rendition of the QE II this year, but we'll give the slight edge to #1 BURNING AMBITION. Well travelled gal starts at her 5th different venue from 6 trips to the frontside, with the last 4 resulting in her photograph being taken. She's essentially improved with each passing turf heat, so right off the bat, who knows where her ceiling is in that regards. From a DRF Formulator standpoint, barn is a tight 4:3-1-0 with graded turf stayers who won less than 68 days ago ( sans Lasix ) and there's a sub category of two fer two right here. #4 EMPRESS JOSEPHINE (IRE) lost by only a length at 12-1 when making her American debut, and adds blinkers while catching firm ground for the first time. You can feel free to draw an upwards arrow alongside the BSF's of #3 SHANTISARA (IRE), as this one is getting better and better, & we'd be silly to exclude. OFF TURF: 5-2-10-1-3
Belmont ( Current ): 42-174 ( $367.40 ) Beatable Favorites 5-22( 22.7% ) Favorites Win %: 54-174 ( 31% )( As of Saturday morning )
Graded Stakes ( Current ): 9-51 ( $68.50 ) Beatable Favorites 1-3 ( 33.3% ) Favorites Win %: 26-51 ( 51% )
Saratoga ( Final ): 81-417 ( $578.30 ) Beatable Favorites 7-19 ( 36.8% ) Favorites Win %: 166-417 ( 39.8% )
Belmont ( Final ): 67-444 ( $534.40 ) Beatable Favorites 7-27 ( 25.9% ) Favorites Win %: 171-444 ( 38.5% )
Aqueduct Spring ( Final ): 16-95 ( $118.70 ) Beatable Favorites 0-6 ( 0% ) Favorites Win %: 51-95 ( 53.7% )
Aqueduct Winter ( Final ): 86-464 ( $989.40 ) Beatable Favorites 5-15( 33.3% ) Favorites Win %: 162-464 ( 34.9% )
Aqueduct Fall ( Final ): 28-175 ( $454.00 ) Beatable Favorites 1-9 ( 11.1% ) Favorites Win % 56-175 ( 32.0% )
Graded Stakes ( Final ): 10-54 ( $122.40 ) Beatable Favorites 0-1 ( 0% ) Favorites Win %: 17-53 ( 32.1% )
All Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup, Selected Grade 1's and Travers full days ( These are also counted in the "Dirt Tracks" category ):
( 2013-2020 Final ) 74-465 ( $703.70 ) Beatable Favorites: 18-57 ( 31.6% ) Favorite's Win %: 140-414 (33.8%) +/-: -24.3% against a 16.8% takeout
Polytracks 2013-16 (All Final): 85-568 ( $819.20 ) Beatable Favorites : 15-68 ( 22.1% )Favorite's Win %: 163-587 ( 27.7% ) +/-: -27.6% against a 15.6% takeout
Dirt Tracks 2013-21 (All Final):3004-15504 ($26,050.90) Beatable Favorites : 378-1380( 27.4% )Favorite's Win %: 5862-15586 ( 37.6% ) +/-: -15.9% against a 16.9% takeout
Cumulative Stats (All Final): 3089-16072 ($26,870.10) Beatable Favorites : 393-1447( 27.2% ) Favorite's Win %: 6025-16173 ( 37.3% ) +/-: -16.3% against a 16.7% takeout