The 2019 Stephen Foster Handicap takes place on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. The winner of the race will receive an automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Classic. Post time is 9:47 p.m. ET.
Before you bet such a high-profile race, you NEED to hear what legendary horse racing handicapper Richard Eng has to say.
Eng was the turf editor and handicapper for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for 20 years and literally wrote the book on wagering on the sport. In fact, he was the author of Betting on Horse Racing for Dummies, the preeminent book for newcomers. Prior to his work for the Review-Journal, Eng worked as a publicist for the New York Racing Association, Garden State Park, Monmouth Park, Santa Anita Park and Turfway Park.
To say that Eng was all-in on Justify early last year would be a massive understatement. He picked Justify when that horse was a HUGE 100-1 long shot in the Kentucky Derby Futures Book in January, before the horse made his racing debut. He picked Justify to win all three Triple Crown races, cashing big each time.
At the 2019 Belmont Stakes, Eng nailed the top-two horses, as Sir Winston surprised the field at 10-1 odds, with favorite Tacitus taking second. Anyone who has followed Eng's lead is WAY up.
Now, Eng has releasing his 2019 Stephen Foster picks and full projected leaderboard.
We can tell you Eng says that Gift Box, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, makes a strong run but falls short of the title. On Saturday, Gift Box leaves his comfortable California home and returns East. In 13 starts away from Santa Anita earlier in his career, he won just three times, none of those in stakes races. He's not worth the steep 3-1 premium you'll need to pay.
However, Eng is high on an underrated dark horse to take down the Stephen Foster and earn the automatic bid into the Breeders' Cup Classic. This horse has all the tools to put together a complete run, and if the horse hits as Eng expects, you could be looking at a MASSIVE payout.
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