Our preview of the 2014 Jim Dandy Stakes will include a look at the field of entries as well as a peak at the betting odds and post time.
The 2014 Jim Dandy Stakes has attracted a strong field of contenders this year and the Grade II race will take place on Saturday, July 26th at Saratoga Park with the entries running for their slice of a $600,000 purse. The Jim Dandy Stakes is a race open to 3-year-olds who are willing to run 1 1/8 miles on a left-handed dirt track.
Post time of the 2014 Jim Dandy Stakes is set for around 5:45 PM ET on Saturday afternoon and there are 7 terrific entries in the field for this year’s edition. Those that want to bet on the Jim Dandy Stakes will want to click on our link in this sentence to sign up at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Those that do so will get a 50% cash bonus on top of their first deposit and these guys offer daily horse wagering on tracks all over the country.
2014 Jim Dandy Stakes – Field of Entries Preview:
Cousin Stephen – There is still a chance this guy could end up in the Curlin Stakes, but for now he’s tentatively scheduled to be amongst the entries of the Jim Dandy. Cousin Stephen last ran 6th in the Tampa Bay Derby and 3rd in the Sam F. Davis a few months back but he could show improvement as his sire Proud Citizen was 2nd in the Kentucky Derby and 3rd in the Preakness Stakes at a similar age in 2002.
Legend – This Tiznow 3-year-old has finished top 2 in 4 straight races with his last run coming at a 1 1/16 miles in the Easy Goer where he came in 2nd to fellow Jim Dandy Stakes entry Kid Crus. Legend has experience with 5 career runs at a mile or more on dirt and has never finished outside of 2nd at 1 1/16 miles which is his current longest race.
Ulanbator – While quite a few of the 2014 Jim Dandy Stakes entries have been resting up, Ulanbator has been showing improving form. He placed 2nd in the Matt Winn and 3rd in the Dwyer Stakes against Kid Cruz. Ulanbator nas finished top 3 in his last 3 races at a mile or longer and could be more in-form than some of the other contenders in the Jim Dandy this year.
Tonalist – 2014 Belmont Stakes winner is going to be one of the favorites in the Jim Dandy Stakes this year and it’s tough to go against him seeing as he has won all 3 career races at the 1 1/8-mile distance. Tonalist also has a win over a talented field in the Peter Pan Stakes and will be tough to beat this year.
Kid Cruz – There is plenty of buzz surrounding Kid Cruz in the horse racing world as he has won 4 of his last 5 races with recent wins in the Dwyer Stakes, Easy Goer, Federico Tesio, and Private Terms. Kid Cruz was iffy during an 8th place run in the Preakness Stakes but he’s bred for distance as he’s sired by 1999 Belmont Stakes winner and Jim Dandy Stakes runner-up Lemon Drop Kid. It seems the best is yet to come for Kid Cruz.
Commanding Curve – Another horse that was entered into the Curlin Stakes but he has since scratched from there in order to run in the Jim Dandy. Commanding Curve is most well known for finishing 2nd to California Chrome in the 2014 Kentucky Derby before a disappointing 9th in the Belmont Stakes. Commanding Curve has plenty of experience with 7 career races on dirt at a mile or more.
Wicked Strong – My personal bet in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, Wicked Strong ended up finishing 4th in both races despite impressive runs. The 2014 Wood Memorial winner has been in there against the best and will be one of the 2014 Jim Dandy Stakes favorites. His pedigree is outstanding as he’s sired by Hard Spun who finished top 3 in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup Classic back in 2007 and his mare is sired by Charismatic who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1999.