Reigning 2-year-old champion filly Echo Zulu will try to bounce back from her only career defeat when she leaves the starting gate in the 2022 Acorn Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Coming off a second place finish in the Kentucky Oaks, Echo Zulu has been installed as the formidable 3-5 morning-line favorite in the Acorn Stakes odds. The Brad Cox-trained Matareya is the 6-5 second choice in the five-horse field. Post time for the one-turn mile is 12:33 p.m. ET.
With many accomplished horses set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Acorn Stakes picks. Join SportsLine now to see her picks!
Few people in racing are as well-connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders' Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.
Yu also has tremendous handicapping chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders' Cup, she nailed 11-1 long shot Wuheida to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year, in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1. In Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this year, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at a whopping 18-1 when Rich Strike won the Derby.
Since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Sham Stakes, El Camino Real Derby, San Felipe Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap, Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes. Anyone who has followed her is WAY UP.
Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Acorn Stakes field, made her picks and constructed her bets. Join to see them.
One surprise: Yu is high on Divine Huntress, a 12-1 long shot. "I can get behind the return to a one-turn race for this filly," Yu says. She is using Divine Huntress prominently in her wagers.
In addition, Yu's top pick is a filly with "heart." She also is high on another long shot who is taking a "big jump in class" on Saturday. She is including these horses in her 2022 Acorn Stakes bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see her picks before locking in any of your own!
So who wins the 2022 Acorn Stakes? What long shot is a MUST-BACK? What does Yu think of every horse in the field? And how has Yu constructed her wagers?... Join SportsLine right now to get Michelle Yu's 2022 Acorn Stakes picks and bets and see which long shot contends, all from the insider who nailed last year's Kentucky Derby winner and this year's Kentucky Derby futures wager!