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Hard to gauge favorites in Betty Grable Stakes

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Benoit & Associates
Majestic Heat (right) is a turf route specialist, who will make her first start on dirt in Sunday's Betty Grable.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Want to bet against the two favorites in the Betty Grable Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar? Easy enough.

After all, Majestic Heat’s specialty is a turf route, not a dirt sprint. As for How About Zero, she is wheeling back way too soon – 25 days – following a career-best comeback victory.

Want to back a legit contender in the Betty Grable? That, too, is simple enough. After all, Majestic Heat is the class of the field, and How About Zero’s flashy 90 Beyer Speed Figure is the top last-out figure.

Somehow, handicappers must reconcile the pros and cons of the favorites, which is only the first step. Six other California-bred fillies and mares merit attention in the $100,000 Betty Grable, a seven-furlong dirt race that includes stakes winners Bad Ju Ju, Cuddle Alert, and Barbara Beatrice.