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´╗┐Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York will play host to the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes on Wednesday, August 31. Two year olds will take to Saratoga's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.

A field of eight juveniles have been confirmed for the With Anticipation Stakes - race 9 on Saratoga's Wednesday schedule. Post time is 5:40 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all eight combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.

2016 With Anticipation Stakes Race Preview at Saratoga Race Course

Keep Quiet 2-1 - French bred Mark Casse trained colt failed to place in his first two career starts - a fifth and a sixth respectively at Belmont Park but finally broke through last time out with a win - on this track August 6. He wasn't great to start his career but looked great last time out. He looks to keep that trend going from post 7 Wednesday with Florent Geroux guiding the morning line favorite.

Made You Look 5-2 - highly regarded Todd Pletcher trained colt has a win and a second place finish in two career starts. He steps into stakes company off a win last time out at Belmont Park June 18 - he was second in his debut May 27 also at that track. Made You Look tries for his second win in a row Wednesday from gate 2 with Javier Castellano in the saddle of the second betting choice.

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My Bo Chop 3-1 - French bred Arnaud Delacour trained colt makes his North American debut Wednesday having posted a win and a second in three career starts so far. Last time out was a respectable fourth in the Prix des Jouvenceaux Et des Jouvencelles August 6 after a maiden score in July and a second in his debut in June. My Bo Chop has been decent so far and will be looking to make a little noise from post 3 Wednesday. Joe Bravo has the mount on the morning line third choice.

Ardmore Bay 9-2 - has two career starts and two wins for trainer Thomas Morley. Last time out was a successful stakes debut - a win in the minor Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park August 7. Before that was an easy maiden score at Belmont Park July 4. Ardmore Bay tries to remain unbeaten Wednesday when he leaves from gate 4 with Manuel Franco guiding the only stakes winner in the field at an intriguing 9-2 odds.

Tell the Truth 12-1 - will hit the track for the third time for trainer Graham Motion having recorded one win so far - that coming last time out at Delaware Park July 20. He was sixth in his debut at Presque Isle Downs July 3. Tell the Truth tries for two straight wins Wednesday when he leaves from gate 6 with Jose Ortiz in the irons.

Monsoon K S A 15-1 - Cathal Lynch trained colt has a win and a third place finish in two career starts. He makes his stakes debut Wednesday off a maiden score at Delaware Park August 6 after a third in his first start - at Laurel Park July 17. Monsoon K S A has been OK so far and will be after a career-defining win from post 5 Wednesday with Angel Arroyo guiding him.

Bird's Eye View 15-1 - will race for the third time for trainer Michael Dini after his two career starts produced one win. That win came last time out August 20 after a seventh in his debut July 31 - both results at Monmouth Park. Bird's Eye View tries to build on a good effort from just 10 days ago when he leaves from the outside gate 8 with Irad Ortiz aboard.

Gemologister 30-1 - Jamie Mejia trained colt has yet to place in three career starts - all coming on this track. Last time out was a fourth in the minor Skidmore Stakes August 19 after another fourth August 11 and a seventh in his debut July 30. Gemologister hasn't been great so far but will be looking for a huge breakthrough from the rail Wednesday. Eric Cancel rides.

Joshua v molina betting beware the beat of the drummer boy


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It's been a bad week for backing favourites. I knew I should have cashed out when Manchester City were beating Chelsea but I didn't. And with that experience I should have put my finger on that wonderful Cash Out button again the next day when Liverpool were two goals up at Bournemouth, but I didn't do that either.

But that's not the only reason I'm deeply suspicious of seeing Anthony Joshua as a [1.05] favourite to retain his IBF World Heavyweight title when he meets Eric Molina in the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

I know why he should win. He was due to fight Wladimir Klitschko before the former champ got injured, and there's no way Eddie Hearn would risk setting up an alternative contest that his goldmine fighter might lose.

It didn't augur well for Molina that when I began to Google his name, it offered me Eric Morecambe before Eric Molina came up. Something about all the right punches but not necessarily in the right order came to mind.

But the more I've looked into the background of the 34-year-old from Texas, who went to Poland in April to knock out Tomasz Adamek in his last fight, the more I'd get nervous about backing Joshua at such skinny odds.

Molina, also known as The Drummer Boy, is not your average fighter. He didn't even take up the sport until he was 23 when he wanted to do something to lose weight and joined a gym. They found a talent nobody could have expected, and even though he lost his debut professional fight he's put together 25 wins from 27 contests since.

He's not all that great at maths, mind. In a recent interview he said "before I fought Deontay Wilder I had only 35 days to train, and this time I will have five weeks." Five times seven days is 35, or it was when I went to school, so I'm not sure about that one.

But anyway, whatever number of days were involved, it is clear is that in his biggest fight so far against Wilder he was under prepared. At the time he was still doing his day job as a special needs teacher. He'd finish school at 16:30, train at 17:00, run at midnight, then get up and do it all again next day.

That persuaded him to take a year off and dedicate himself totally to his one chance of earning a world title shot, and he'll step into the ring on Saturday with that burning motivation.

The one thing he does own is a huge punch. He rattled Wilder with it in the third round of their contest, and it is the thing which will present a danger to Joshua's growing status as the new golden boy of British boxing.

Joshua has blown through his career so far like a whirlwind, winning all 17 contests by stoppages and never yet being taken beyond the seventh round. He is [1.5] in the Grouped Round Betting to get this one over and done with by the end of the third.

That's all very well, but there are plenty of critics who question the people he's fought. And what we don't know is whether he can take one big punch if Molina finds a way through early on. "One shot, one kill" is Molina's message on social media and as Lee Selby pointed out in his Betfair Big Interview, that is the worry which will haunt Joshua - and even more Hearn - when the first bell goes.

I think Molina could make it tough, even if I'm not sure I want to back him at [17.5] in the Match Odds. But I do think he could make Joshua work to win, and [6.0] for the home hero to win between rounds seven and nine looks a possible outcome.

You can read Frank Monkhouse's comprehensive Joshua v Molina Betting Preview behind the link.