In a world that changes by the minute, handicappers can take solace in Saratoga returning for another historic season and ushering in another several weeks of exciting and important juvenile racing.
Trainers & pedigree - particularly sires - are the two most important factors in handicapping these races and Betmix has a wealth of data on both.
For this post we queried the Betmix Angler database for sire performance in all 2-year-old races at Saratoga since 2012. The chart below contains figures for over 50 of the most relevant stallions, including five based in the Empire State and whose runners will have to be considered in the many heats restricted to New York-breds.
For this year's survey we also included the top five from last year's impressive first crop sire class.
Triple Crown hero American Pharoah is one of those sires and his stallion career is beginning to look very much like his racing career. His early performers at Saratoga have certainly rewarded gamblers with a 26% win percentage and $35.20 Win Return.
Among the veteran stallions, Speightstown continues to shine with his Spa juveniles - 20% winners, 44% in the money and a sparkling $43.30 Win Return.
The chart below contains the full results of the Betmix Angler Saratoga juvenile sire query (sorted by Win Return):