Why hello there my loyal blog followers! In light of Thanksgiving and the numerous amount of mouth watering races available, I decided to have a nice little Handicapping Challenge. The races we will be handicapping is the Clark Handicap on 11/27, or tomorrow. The Damoiselle, Golden Rod, Remsen, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, Gazelle, and Cigar Mile on the 11/28. Finally the Matriarch Stakes and Hollywood Derby on the 29th.
The rules are fairly simple, pick your top three for each race, and submit them to me by 4:00pm Eastern Time tomorrow. A win will be worth ten points, second six, and third is worth four, anything else is worth zero. Your horses do not have to come in in the exact order that you predict, so long as they do come in the top three. The winner will get to have a guest blog if they wish, or if they do not wish to write, they can pick the subject of my next blog which will be posted this coming Wednesday.
I myself will not be playing, but I cannot resist handicapping a couple of races, so here are some my picks for a couple of tomorrows races.
Sara Louise- Though she may be a little out of gas due to a cross country trip and racing over a surface she did not really enjoy last out she still is a monster on the dirt and her light season may be enough to cancel out any ill effects from a long trip.
Cuvee Uncorked- I love, love, love this filly. I watched her in the Poker Night and thought that once she gained the lead she won quite easily. She only by half a length in her stakes debut and before that she was unbeaten in two starts. My only concern is this is by far the best field she has faced and she is doing it while going one mile for the first time.
Justwhistledixie- She was supposed to be the horse that would give Rachel Alexandra all she could handle in the Kentucky Oaks before she scratched due to fever. In her next start she ran second to Gabby's Golden Gal then dropped from the face of the earth. She is talented, but she may need this race to help knock off some rust.
Etched- He set a track record in mud last out going this very distance. He is fragile, but his talent is astronomical. He is fresher than some other big names here and that plus his natural talent might just help him cross the wire first.
Macho Again- His last start was a furlong more than his ideal distance and here he will be returning to his comfort zone. He love Churchill, has been the picture of consistency this year, except for a couple of blips. I think he returns to his summer form and rebounds with a big finish.
Bullsbay- His Breeders Cup Mile was not a very good representation of what this colt is capable of. Returning to dirt should do the trick like it did when he ran tenth in the Hollywood Gold Cup then ran a stellar race to win the Whitney.
Tomorrow I will give you my picks for Saturday and Sunday. Until then I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving.