Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:55 AM
At the Gate - Wednesday
We have a fun week coming up with plenty of stakes action over the holiday weekend starting with good cards at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day.
The long-standing feature on Turkey Day at the Big A is the $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (G3), a throwback to the golden years of horse racing when top horses carried weight.
Firenze Fire is the 8-5 morning line favorite and will carry 134 pounds, spotting his rivals as many as 12 pounds. The Jason Servis trainee was fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) in his last start.
The colt is also entered in Wednesday night’s $200,000 Fabulous Strike at Penn National. I will have selections and analysis for the Fall Highweight in tomorrow’s column.
The co-feature is the $150,000 Winter Memories for three-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf course. A field of 11 will go and the weather looks good for Thursday.
Sorrentina Lemon is the 7-2 morning line favorite for trainer Christophe Clement. The filly is perfect in two starts, breaking her maiden in her debut and then beating first level optional claimers at Belmont Park in her last outing off an eight-month layoff.
We have a pair of graded stakes on tap at Churchill Downs on Thursday—the $175,000 Cardinal Handicap (G3) and the $300,000 Falls City Handicap (G2).
Friday’s action includes the $600,000 Clark (G1) and $300,000 Mrs. Revere (G2) at Churchill Downs, the $200,000 Comely (G2) at Aqueduct and the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) at Del Mar.
Juveniles take center stage at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls go in the $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and the $300,000 Golden Rod (G2) likely will produce contenders for the Kentucky Oaks (G1).
The $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) is the feature at Del Mar and the $200,000 Discovery (G3) and the $400,000 Long Island (G3) are the co-features at Aqueduct.
Sunday’s action includes the $300,000 Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar.
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Here is the opening race from Aqueduct to get the day off to a good start:
AQU Race 1 Md $40,000 (12:20 ET)
#2 Bobbyfrompalm 8-1
#7 Icy Dude 7-2
#1 Shandian 8-1
#4 Textpectation 6-1
Analysis: Bobbyfrompalm was off a beat slow in his debut and was not a threat in an eighth-place finish, sent off at just under 7-1 in a field of 10. The gelding was claimed out of the race by the Weaver barn that does not hit the claim box often, showing a 0 for 8 mark and dating back five years is 4 for 24 (with a +ROI) first off the claim. he comes back here in a good spot tagged for $40,000 while stretching out to a mile. He is the first foal to race out of a Yonaguska mare. The barn is 17% winners moving runners from sprint to route.
Icy Dude makes his debut for the Mott barn that is 12% winners with first timers. The colt is by First Dude out of a Gone West mare that has dropped four foals to race with three winners, top earner stakes winner Mama Joyce ($236,619). A couple of quick gate drills on the morning tab and this is not a very imposing looking spot for his debut.
WIN: #2 to win at 9-2 or better.
EX: 2,7 / 1,2,4,7
TRI: 2,7 / 1,2,4,7 / 1,2,4,7,8
Today’s Featured Race of the Day from Aqueduct:
AQU Race 6 Md Sp Wt (2:47 ET)
#7 Klickitat 5-2
#3 Crazy Life 9-5
#6 Jimmy Jazz 7-2
#4 Kingfish 6-1
Analysis: Klickitat stretches back out to a route here after stalking the early pace and finishing evenly in a runner up finish at seven furlongs. He was no match for 5 3/4 length winner Worth a Shot, who came back to beat Alw-1 foes on Nov. 3 while the fourth-place finisher The Honest Toun returned to graduate in his next start on Nov. 24 for a $40,000 tag. Blinkers go on and this guy has landed in the runner up spot three times in his seven career starts including two and three back going a route of ground. The Jerkens barn is 3% winners (with a +ROI) moving runners from sprint to route. He is out of a More Than Ready mare that has dropped three winners including one turf winner, top earner stakes winner Evaluator ($319,928).
Crazy Life finished ahead of our top pick in his last outing and now returns off a three-month break. The Brown barn is 27% winners with runners coming back off a 61-180-day layoff. He earned a career top speed fig last out in third, beaten a length for the top spot. He has finished third in each of his last three starts, two back on the main track at the Spa in a race washed off the grass. He is out of a Gone West mare that has dropped five winners including one turf winner. The barn has then ready to go off breaks and Castellano sticks.
WIN: #7 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 3,7 / 3,4,6,7
TRI: 3,7 / 3,4,6,7 / 2,3,4,6,7
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.
R1: #2 Bobbyfrompalm 8-1
R1: #1 Shandian 8-1
R2: #5 Zecha 12-1
R3: #5 Riot Worthy 15-1
R7: #2 Aye Aye Sir 8-1
R9: #10 Lawn Boy 10-1
Good luck today!