PODCAST - Rich and Gang Handicap Saturday Races

Horse Racing Radar
Rich Bieglmeier
Rich Bieglmeier is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Friday, November 20, 2020
Shawn, Terry, Thomas and Rich make their picks for:

Aqueduct Race 9 - $100,000 RED SMITH STAKES – GRADE III
Churchill Downs Race 9 - $100,000 CHILUKKI STAKES – GRADE III
Del Mar Race 2 - $100,000 NATIVE DIVER STAKES – GRADE III

We've got some shots and some shorties, make sure you give it a listen!

Aqueduct Race 9 - $100,000 RED SMITH STAKES – GRADE III

Shawn: To win #8 Ziad- 2nd Us start in the first one he almost got up for place going 3-4 wide. Has done very well in France. Just missed twice in the grade 1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud. Use # 10 Red Knight who seems to be progressing and getting better while # 4 Sadler's Joy has to be used while against softer but seems to be regressing a little bit.

Thomas: #9 Aquaphobia – was shutoff in last race at the 1/8th pole running against some of these horses. This horse was claimed by Mike Maker and has improved with every race. I was torn been 2 horses in this race but went with the #9 on top of 3-4-8.

Terry: #4 Sadler's Joy to win-Exacta- Sadler's Joy on top with #10 – Red Knight, #9 Aquaphobia and #8 and Ziyad second. Finally, key Sadler's Joy on top with all other three horses in 2nd and 3rd in the Trifecta.

Rich: Sadler's Joy (PP:4) is the class of the field at his best but looks vulnerable as the favorite. Keep an eye on North Dakota (PP: 5). He just ran his best race and could move forward in his second start off the bench. Ziyad (PP: 8) and Red Knight (PP: 10) round out my picks.

Consensus: 4, 8, 9, 10 (alternatives: 3, 5)

Churchill Downs Race 9 - $100,000 CHILUKKI STAKES – GRADE III

Shawn: To win # 6 Risky Mandate - Speed of the Race and always right there. The only race she was off the board she had a bad break and was off slow. Pair with the # 2 Finite- Class of the field should have won last start if she could have got to the outside but had to rally up the rail. Longshot to use for tri #8 unique factor.

Thomas: #3 Grand Cru Classe had a very good effort in last race at 20-1 but you're not getting those odds today. I think 7f was too short for this horse. Jockey change doesn't hurt either. Let's take #3 on top of 2-4-9.

Terry: #4 - Whoa Nellie to win-Exacta- # 4 Whoa Nellie on top with #2 – Finite, #3 - Grand Cru Classe and #7 - Crazy Sexy Munny second. Finally box all four horses in the exacta & trifecta.

Rich: Finite (PP: 2) is a horse for the course, two for two at the distance. Grand Cru Classe (PP:3) won three of her four races, should be in the mix all the way around the track. Gold Standard (PP: 5) is a price worth watching. She's won two of three at Churchill and three of four at the distance.

Consensus: 2, 3, 4, 5/6 (alternatives 7, 8, 9)

Del Mar Race 2 - $100,000 NATIVE DIVER STAKES – GRADE III

Shawn: Win #4 Midcourt - Simply the class and speed of the field. Use the #1 Combatant and #2 Stellar Sound behind. Wasn't sold on the other 2 horses at all.

Thomas: #4 Midcourt is the class of the field. He has been running in Grade 1 and 2's since his win in the Grade 3 Native Diver. If he can get out of the gate, he should be on the lead and take care of this field. Short price, so look maybe to play the exacta.

Terry: Exacta- #4 Midcourt on top with Stellar Sound and Royal Ship (Brz) second.

Rich: Midcourt (PP: 4) is the one to beat but does have a history of disappointing. Stellar Sound (PP: 2) just ran her best race and has trained even faster since. Extra Hope (PP: 5) should get the jump on Royal Ship (PP: 3).

Consensus: 4,2,1 (alternatives 3,5)