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2020 American Turf Stakes Race Favorites, Longshots, and Predictions

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
2020 American Turf Stakes Race Favorites, Longshots, and Predictions

2020 American Turf Stakes Race – Three-year-old horses will take part in the 29th running of the American Turf Stakes Race on Saturday, September 5, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The USD500,000, Grade II turf race is part of the undercard for the Kentucky Derby. The event is slated as the eighth race of the day with a distance of 1 1/16 miles (1.710 kilometers). It will be held without spectators to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and online betting sites will be in for a treat as eight horses will compete in the race.

2020 American Turf Stakes Race

When: Saturday, September 5, 2:55 PM ET
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
TV: Fox Sports 2

The Race

The American Turf Stakes Race was inaugurated on May 2, 1992, as the fourth race on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Señor Tomas emerged victorious in the initial salvo of the event with a time of 1:43.10. In 1998, it was classified as a Grade III race and 12 years later, the American Graded Stakes Committee upgraded the event to Grade II. The event’s most notable winner is Kitten’s Joy, who picked up the American Turf Stakes title in 2004. His three other siblings – Banned (2001), Divisidero (2015), and Camelot Kitten (2016) also emerged victorious in the race. Last year, Irish horse Digital Age won the race with a time of 1:44.63.

Betting on Horse Racing at the 2020 American Turn Stakes Race

Eight horses will slug it out in the 1 1/16-mile turf race that kicks off the Kentucky Derby festivities. Of the eight, three have emerged as initial favorites and they are Smooth Like Strait, Field Pass, and Fancy Liquor. Considered as the morning-line favorite, Smooth Like Strait seeks to extend his first-place run to three races and five of seven overall. The three-year-old colt will get a supreme challenge in Field Pass, who aims to bounce back from a seventh-place finish in the Saratoga Derby.

The horse has emerged victorious in five of his 11 starts and in his last 1 1/16-mile race, he emerged victorious in the Transylvania Stakes, edging past Street Ready and Fancy Liquor. Another horse that can light up the field is five-race veteran Fancy Liquor. The Caesars Stakes winner has placed in the top three in his first five races and has placed second behind Field Pass in the Transylvania Stakes. Other horses entered in the field are Taishan, American Butterfly, Sugoi, Sunsation, and King Theo.

2020 American Turn Stakes Race Entries

  1. Taishan  15/1
  2. American Butterfly  12/1
  3. Sugoi  8/1
  4. Field Pass  2/1
  5. Smooth Like Strait  8/5*
  6. Sunsation  15/1
  7. King Theo  12/1
  8. Fancy Liquor  9/2



* – favorite


In a very balanced American Turf Stakes field, Smooth Like Strait, Field Pass, and Fancy Liquor stand out as the best bets. However, Smooth Like Strait should pull it off in this tough field based on his track record. According to off-track oddsmakers, Field Pass, Fancy Liquor, and even Taishan will make it tough for Smooth Like Strait in his quest to earn a victory.