Stage set for stake-filled weekend

Most of us are less than 24 hours away from enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner and the major stakes races for the next three days have been drawn with only the morning lines to come.   Though the grinch is usually reserved for Christmas, it appears he may manifest himself in the person of a weatherman this weekend as foul conditions are forecast for Thursday at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs.  The weather is supposed to clear on Friday in Louisville but the main track was sloppy today and has taken quite a bit of rain.  The forecast for Aqueduct calls for rain on Thursday afternoon into Friday morning but clear skies on Saturday.  With us being so close to the end of turf season at both it will be interesting to see if races carded for the weeds stay on them.

As far as the racing itself goes, the feature on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill is the Falls City (G2).  One of the interesting participants in here is #6 RAVI’S SONG, who has two wins over this strip and comes off a third-place finish in a local prep where she was unprepared for the start.  Her dam, Lu Ravi, won her only start over a wet track and earned a 110 Beyer in doing so, which bodes well for this gal given the expected track condition.

At Aqueduct, the featured event is the Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) and three entrants will tote 129 lbs, far below what we’ve seen some of the topweights carry in the past.  #3 MESA SUNRISE looks like he’s prepared for another engagement in stakes company after failing in the Gallant Bob last year for Bill Mott.  This son of Sky Mesa picked up a win at Delaware last time out in game fashion and now gets another furlong to work with.  Jockey Ramon Dominguez has the call and this guy should offer some value in the wagering.

I’ll check in tomorrow to look at the assorted stakes races across the country on Friday, including the Clark (G1) at Churchill, the Top Flight (G2) at Aqueduct and the Matriarch (G1) at Hollywood Park.  Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you and best of luck to anyone playing the races!


One Response to “Stage set for stake-filled weekend”

  1. alfonso Says:

    Mén i neéd pick 4 for thursday i live in venezuela maracaibo always follow u picks every day please send top informatión picks

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