Busher Stakes 2024 Picks

Gin Gin wins 2024 Busanda Stakes.
Gin Gin wins the 2024 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct (NYRA Photo)

By Jarrod Horak

The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Aqueduct on Saturday, March 2, and I have included Busher Stakes 2024 picks below. The non-graded event for 3-year-old fillies has a $200,000 purse and the seven entrants will be journeying one mile on the main track. The Busher is the 7th race on March 2 and the top five finishers will earn Kentucky Oaks points (50-25-15-10-5). 

Busher Stakes 2024 Picks & Odds

Regulatory Risk raced wide and was unplaced as the beaten favorite in her Churchill sprint bow in September. She pressed the pace and landed the place behind a runaway winner in an extended sprint second time out. She added blinkers and wired the field in the local mud at one mile on Dec. 30, and clear runner-up Value Area was a next-out winner. 

Gin Gin stalked and scored by a length in the Busanda at 1 1/8 miles in the mud on Jan. 13. She wired the field in her extended sprint maiden win, and I can see her working out an inner tactical trip under Trevor McCarthy. 

Jody’s Pride romped by many lengths in a race originally scheduled for turf and run at 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt in her Saratoga bow, and won another race moved to the main track in the Matron Stakes second time out. She was 17-1 in the Grade 1 BC Juvenile Fillies last fall, and she stalked the pace and missed by a neck. This is a good spot for the American Pharaoh filly, and she projects a stalking trip.

The Busher field also includes Sicilian Princess, Princess Mayfair, Aoife’s Magic, and Carmelina. 

Busher Stakes 2024 Picks

The Busher is my 23rd video on the road to Kentucky Oaks 2024, and my top choices have four wins, seven runner-up finishes, and four show finishes. I will cover each points race on the Kentucky Oaks trail. Check out my Busher Stakes 2024 picks video below.