A Look at the Eight Graded Stakes for Saturday , November 24.

Today you can enjoy eight graded stakes races at five tracks.

Churchill Downs card host twelve races for 2-year-olds, including the Golden Rod (GII) headed by Restless Rider, the runner-up in the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) and the Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) with Knicks Go, the 2/1 Morning line favorite who ran second in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI).

Aqueduct Racetrack card has a trio of stakes, with the Discovery (GIII) the final graded stakes opportunity of the local season for straight 3-year-olds, and the Long Island (GIIIT), the last graded stakes on the circuit scheduled for turf. Also on the program is the $125,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship.

Del Mar offers a grassy stakes doubleheader consisting of the Jimmy Durante (G3T) for juvenile fillies and the Seabiscuit (GII) for older males.

Golden Gates is host to the Berkely Handicap (GIII) for three-year-old and up males. Editore is the 3/1 Morning Line favorite.

Woodbine is host to the six furlong Kennedy Road Stakes (GII) for three-year-old and up males. Yorktown is the 7/5 Morning Line favorite.

Races at Churchill Downs

Race 9. Golden Rod Stakes.  The top two betting choices should be Restless Rider is a stakes winner. She easily won the Darley Alcibiades (G1). The other one is Break Curfew exits a front-running debut win. There’s not a whole lot of rival speed for Break Curfew to deal with, which should enable her to clear over to the inside despite breaking from post 8.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Restless Rider
  • Break Curfew
  • Princess Causeway

Race 11. Kentucky Jockey Club. Knicks Go won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (GI) and was on the board in the Juvenile.

The field has numerous entries that will trying to set the of early pace. The faster the pace the better the chances are for a closer like late-closing Signalman, who  ran third in the Juvenile from post 13.

Tracksmith and Current make the turf-to-dirt switch.

Tracksmith had nearly seven weeks to freshen up after being positioned a bit closer to the early leaders than he prefers in the Dixiana Bourbon (G IIIT) and winding up beaten less than three lengths by Current.

Current comes off an excusable off-the-board finish on yielding ground in the BC Juvenile Turf (GIT).

King for a Day comes off a maiden route win at Belmont Park second time out, after which he recorded a pair of improved five-furlong workouts.

Dunph has won his two starts by better than 16 lengths, capped by the Spendthrift Juvenile Stakes in his initial outing for Mike Maker.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Signalman
  • Knick Go
  • Current

Races at Aqueduct

Race 6. Discovery Stakes, (GIII).  The two favorites at race time appear to be Plainsman and Gronkowski.

Plainsman has found his stride as of late and has posted third at Saratoga and is entering following back-to-back wins in allowance company.

Gronkowski is horse that need to find consistency, he ran second in the Belmont Stakes Presented By NYRA Bets (GI), then poor showings in both the Runhappy Travers Stakes Presented By NYRA Bets (GI) and the Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI). Gronkowski needs to win a race but doubt that this will be one he wins.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Plainsman
  • Life’s a Parlay
  • Gronkowski

Race 9. Long Island Stakes. Brown has three entrants in the final graded grass stake of the New York season— Pollara , Lady Paname and Night of England.

Pollara and Lady Paname each boast good past races on soft going, and while Night of England has raced exclusively on “good” turf in Germany up to now, 11 furlongs is her distance and a second-place finish in the German Oaks (GIT) indicates she classes up nicely.

Lady Montdore won gate-to-wire the Glens Falls (GIIT) in her second U.S. She may rebound after coming up a flat third in the Flower Bowl (G1T). The mile and three-eighths should not represent a problem.

Our Top Three Picks

  • Pollara
  • Night of England
  • Lady Montdore

Races at Del Mar

Race 5. Jimmy Durante

The race has six European invaders out of the 13 fillies in the lineup. They include  Pivottina , the  7-2 favorite, and Monette , the second choice. Both made up good ground in their initial stateside starts, Pivottina rallying from 12th to fourth in the Natalma (GIT) and Monette last of 11 early before closing to run second, beaten a head, in the Matron (GIIIT).

Lakerball has improved since stretching out and placed on turf, winning two minor stakes.

Elsa started off with a convincing debut sprint win at Laurel Park. She has had some time off since beaten as the favorite in the Bolton Landing and the Selima, and the latter race may be a toss owing to yielding turf. The distance should not be a problem and will be on Lasix for the first time.

Our Top Three Picks

  • Lakerball
  • Elsa
  • Monette

Race7. Seabiscuit

This 1 1/16-mile route drew a field of 12. The race is an evenly matched field with Synchrony, as the favorite at 9-2, while four others are at 5-1 or 6-1 and four more at 8-1.

Synchrony should probably get a bit more respect, as he has won four graded stakes from five outings on firm turf in 2018, the only loss when stretched out of his comfort zone to 1 3/16 miles.

Pincheck drops 15 pounds off a third-place finish in a Group II stake in Ireland last out. He had a solid win two back in the Invesco Desmond Stakes (GIIIT).

Big Score drew a decent post ,PP2, after a slew of outside draws.

Caribou Club has never raced this far but drew favorably and comes off a solid closing third in the Eddie D (GIIIT) behind Stormy Liberal, who then notched his second straight win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1T).

Our Top Three Picks

  • Big Score
  • Synchrony
  • Pincheck

 

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