Bet on the Triple Bend Stakes

Bet on the Triple Bend Stakes

The Triple Bend Stakes is a premier Grade 1 for sprinters held in California every summer. It was inaugurated in 1952 and held at Hollywood Park until that historic track shuttered its doors. The race moved to Santa Anita for 2014 and has found a new home there. The seven furlong contest offers a purse of $300,000 and is held over Santa Anita’s conventional dirt main track. From 2007 until the final edition at Hollywood Park in 2013, the race was contested on their synthetic surface. 

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Triple Bend Stakes Betting Odds

Even though the heavy favorite, Masochistic, delivered at odds of 6-5 in the 2015 edition of the Triple Bend, there was still some value to be had in the exotics. Longshots Appealing Tale and Wild Dude filled out the trifecta which returned $102.40. Through Bovada’s racebook, horseplayers could have gotten even more for their investment – there are 3% win-or-lose rebates on all straight wagers and 5% back on exotics. 

2016 Triple Bend Contenders

The field has been set for the 2016 edition of the Triple Bend Stakes and the race will feature a competitive field of eight, though the race did lose some star power when the talented filly Taris was forced to withdraw from consideration.

Kobe’s Back headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2. There have been two major things that have contributed to his recent success – jockey Gary Stevens and the addition of blinkers. He has won two of his three starts this year and was last seen finishing a fast closing third in the Churchill Downs Stakes (G3).

His biggest competition may come from Subtle Indian, a four-year-old gelded son of Indian Charlie trained by Robertino Diodoro. He has won seven of his ten starts and was recently second in the Kona Gold Stakes (G2).

Here is the field for the Triple Bend Stakes along with morning line odds.

  1. Clever Royal, 15-1
  2. Kobe’s Back, 5-2
  3. Cautious Giant, 8-1
  4. Lord Nelson, 3-1
  5. Ambitious Brew, 8-1
  6. Subtle Indian, 3-1
  7. Home Run Kitten, 12-1
  8. Coastline, 6-1

Did you know?

Trainer Bob Baffert has saddled four winners of the Triple Bend, starting in 1996 with Letthebighossroll and continuing with Zensational (2009), E Z’s Gentleman (2010) and Declassify (2014). Jockey Chris McCarron won the race five times before his retirement and was victories with Summer Time Guy (1981), Never Tabled (1982), Debonaire Junior (1984), Letthebighossroll (1996) and Mazel Trick (1999).

The stakes record was set in 1980 by Rich Cream and William Shoemaker. They completed the seven furlongs in 1:19.40 at Hollywood Park and in doing so, set a world record which remains standing to this day.

The race is named in honor of Triple Bend, a star in California in the 1970s. The speedy colt won numerous graded stakes races including the Santa Anita Handicap and the Los Angeles Handicap. In the latter, he set a seven-furlong world record of 1:19.80 which stood until Rich Cream toppled it in his namesake race.