Sword Dancer S. (G1)
12F on Turf (August 29)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 13 Saratoga Graded turf stakes at 12F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st in In the Money %
Factor Stats: 14 contenders, 8 winners (57%, $32.10 Win Bet Return 214 ROI%), 10 place/show (71%, $6.60 Place Bet Return)
The penultimate Saturday of the 2020 Saratoga meeting is anchored by a pair of Grade 1 heats, including the Sword Dancer for turf marathoners.
We queried the Betmix online handicapping database for clues to decipher this competitive 8-horse affair and found that consistency is the key.
Contenders ranking first in In the Money % in the 12-furlong graded grass races at The Spa have found the winner's circle on 8 occasions, generating a sparkling $32.10 Win Return.
The 8 winners include 6 of the past 7 Sword Dancer conquerors, including 2017 champ Sadler's Joy ($16.00) and last year's hero Annals of Time ($7.10).
Find this race in Betmix Birddog and use the In the Money % slider to see which horse ranks first in this factor. That’s the Sharp Angles play.