Cup doesn’t end the racing season

The Breeders’ Cup has come and gone and the racing world was treated to 14 exciting races, numerous unforgettable performances, and unfortunately some forgettable ones too.  However, the Breeders’ Cup being in the rearview mirror does not mean that racing is over for 2010.  Not at any level in fact.

The Florida Million will take place at Calder on Saturday with 8 stakes races on tap.  For those of you questioning the quality of those races remember that recent Breeders’ Cup winners Awesome Feather and Big Drama are both Florida-breds.  Entries were drawn on Monday and 69 betting interests are available in the 8 stakes races.  A pick four will be offered on races 5-8 with a $0.50 minimum.  Included in the stakes races is the Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies where a number of youngsters will be happy to have Awesome Feather out of the mix.  Bill Mott’s Come a Callin will be making her first start on dirt since her maiden win on the final program at Saratoga.  A couple of 3YOs take center stage in the Bonnie Heath Turf Classic as Bim Bam and Tannersville were separated by just a nose the last time they met up in the Calder Derby.  Scott Lake’s 10-time winner Ju Jitsu Jax headlines the Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap and Gourmet Dinner will look to turn things around in the Jack Price Juvenile after a defeat in the In Reality last time out.  Tom Proctor’s Holidaysatthefarm looks to be a prohibitive favorite in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf and Marty Wolfson is once again holding all the aces in the Elmer Heubeck Distaff with Amazing and Trip for A.J. The Carl G. Rose Classic is the centerpiece of the afternoon and a showdown between Duke of Mischief and Birdrun seems likely.  The former scored handily in the Iselin at Monmouth in August but enters this off a dull effort in the Monmouth Cup.  The latter scored at Belmont most recently and will make his first foray into stakes company since the Challenger at Tampa earlier this year.  All in all a fun afternoon is on tap at Calder and the forecast is perfect with no rain and a high temperature of 78 degrees.

A week from Saturday the Delta Jackpot will take place at Delta Downs and will be run in the afternoon for the first time.  There’s a special post time of 1:00 PM CST and included in the card is a $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4.  The quality of the Delta Jackpot has increased dramatically in recent years as Rule won it last year and came back this year to take the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa before finishing a close third in the Florida Derby (G1).  The Delta Princess will be offered on the same card and its 2009 winner was Quiet Temper, who came back to win the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in 2010.  In all, eight stakes races will be offered and there were a record number of pre-entries for this year’s Jackpot.  Sharpen your bullring handicapping by taking a gander at Delta Downs races on a nightly basis from Wednesday through Saturday.

Thanksgiving weekend needs no introduction to avid racing fans as we have big races at Hollywood, Aqueduct, and Churchill with each having a clever nickname.  Holidayfest at the Big A includes the Fall Highweight Handicap, the Turf Festival at Hollywood includes the Citation, Matriarch, and Hollywood Derby, and FallStars weekend at Churchill features the Fall City, Clark, Golden Rod, and Kentucky Jockey Club.

So, if you were wondering how the next three weekends will go for racing fans, have no fear, there will still be plenty of interesting racing.  Check back here Saturday as I’ll offer some thoughts on Aqueduct’s $250,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 along with the Florida Million card at Calder.

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One Response to “Cup doesn’t end the racing season”

  1. dave Says:

    U IS DA MAN!!!! I SINGLED TODAY THE 8 HORSE IN THE LAST RACE AT AQUEDUCT AND I WON THE DOUBLE THE PICK 3 THE PICK 4 AND HAD 5/6 ON THE PICK 6 !!!! WOO HOO!!!! MADE LOTS OF $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ THANX 4 THE INFO!!!!

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