Cigar Mile Day Preview

This Aqueduct card could easily be held on a Saturday in Saratoga with four Graded Stakes headlined by the final Grade I of the year in New York – the Cigar Mile. In addition, there are four turf races carded – on December 4th! I’ll tackle the Cigar Mile along with the Grade II Remsen for two year colts. The other two stakes at the Big A today are the Grade II Demoiselle for two year old fillies and the Grade III Go For Wand for fillies and mares ages three and up.

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Breeders’ Cup 2021 Day 2 Preview

Today is THE day – nine Breeders’ Cup races highlighted by the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. I’ll tackle those two headline Breeders’ Cup races here. The best of the best are here for these two headlining races and you can make good cases for five or six entrants in each. This of course leads to great prices in many Breeders’ Cup races and those Breeders’ Cup exotic payouts tend to be very juicy due to the size of the fields and the way money is spread throughout the pools.

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Breeders’ Cup Future Stars Preview

There are five Breeders’ Cup races on the card today headlined by the $2 million Juvenile Fillies and the $2 million Juvenile. I like the “themed” approach to Friday but personally I would go back to the Friday Breeders’ Cup day as an “Oaks Day” where they run all the filly and mare races. This has the benefit of giving our best fillies and mares top billing on Friday in the Distaff rather than having them buried inside the star studded Saturday card. But things evolve and it has become “Future Stars Friday” which is a perfectly fine alternative and better than just picking five races with no theme at all.

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Saratoga Weekend Stakes Report

If there is any one horse that symbolizes racing at Saratoga, it is Fourstardave. “The Sultan of Saratoga” won a race at the Spa for eight consecutive years from 1987 to 1994. He found the winner’s circle in twenty-one of his remarkable one hundred starts, finishing in the money fifty-five times. “Dave” was a winning horse, a blue collar horse, a New York bred – he was one of our own. Appropriately, Fourstardave is forever with us at Saratoga as he is buried on the backside at Clare Court.

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Saratoga Weekend Stakes Report

Happy Whitney Day! On frigid winter days when we look out across the frozen Upstate landscape, this is the Saratoga race card we daydream about. Five stakes races - three Grade Is (the Test, the Saratoga Derby, and the Whitney), the Grade II Glens Falls, and the listed Lure Stakes. The all stakes mandatory payout Pick 5 (races 6-10) should pay nicely given the depth of these fields. Enjoy! I’ll analyze the Saratoga Derby and the Whitney Stakes. Race 9 – The Saratoga Derby Invitational – Grade I One Mile and Three Sixteenths on the Mellon Turf, For Three Year Olds August 7th, 2021 This $1 million race…
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