Heavyweight Clash

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Who says all the stars are jammed into the Saturday cards, never to be seen during the week at Saratoga Race Course due to a reconfigured stakes schedule?

Consider Wednesday’s $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap.

The 6-furlong sprint drew only five entries, undoubtedly because of the presence of two older mares with collective earnings of nearly $2.8 million. They’ve won 14 stakes – eight of them graded and two of them Grade 1. One’s an Eclipse Award winner, the other on her way to a New York-bred championship and maybe more.

Did we mention it’s Wednesday?

Midweek attendees and gamblers and fans watching offsite get a treat for the Grade 2 Honorable Miss, headlined by Judy The Beauty and La Verdad. They’ll start the Grade 2 stakes side-by-side and are even-money and 8-5 on the morning line. The three others – Enchantress, Ultimate Shopper and Street Story – will need powerful swings to fell those tall trees.

“It’s exciting, very exciting,” Wesley Ward, who trains and owns Judy The Beauty, said of the Honorable Miss.

To read the rest of the Honorable Miss, access Wednesday’s digital edition of The Saratoga Special presented by Keeneland.