Giving It Our All for the Thanksgiving Classic

Horse Racing Radar
Rich Bieglmeier
Rich Bieglmeier is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, November 26, 2020

It's Thanksgiving in a year that's been tough for many, many Americans (and people all around the world). While 2020 has been beyond difficult, there are still many things to be thankful for. Since horse racing is our livelihood, we are beyond thankful for your support and for the sport running throughout the pandemic. We are grateful for all those who make the Sport of Kings an everyday sport. 

Horse racing is what brings this community together. 

Our job is to see if we can pick some winners for you. Obviously, we aren't perfect but rest assured, we take the task of picking horses beyond seriously, watching 1000's of races, reading countless books and boring as hell academic studies, and analyzing gazillions of past performance lines. No matter how much we learn, there is always more to know, it never ends. 

On this Thanksgiving, let's see if we can give back to you for your support by putting our midnight oil and elbow grease to work in the $125,000 Thanksgiving Classic at Fair Grounds Park. 

A field of eight will race 6 furlongs in the eighth race on the holiday card. 

Our top pick is BOBBY'S WICKED ONE (PP: 4 ML 4-1). The five-year-old feels at home at Fair Grounds. He raced at the Louisiana track six times, finding the winners' circle all but once. Jockey Miguel Mena is going to take home to the front and try to stay there all the way around the main track. If BOBBY'S WICKED ONE breaks cleanly and gets the early lead, he's the one to beat. 

MANNY WAY (PP: 5 ML 3-1) is dropping in class after finishing fifth of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Trainer Wayne Catalano doesn't enter many at the non-graded stakes level but wins at a decent 20% when he does. This level and length could be a good fit for MANNY WAY as he should be at/near peak form in his third start after a layoff. He ran his best in the third inning, by a wide margin, in his last three race cycle. 

LANDESKOG (PP: 6 ML 4-1) is another that likes to be near the front and is dropping in class from a Grade III effort in his last. He was the favorite in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes but finished sixth – ouch. He could rebound nicely in this spot as trainer Brad Cox bounces back at 30% the next time around the track with beaten favorites. 

MR. MONEY BAGS (PP: 8 ML 9/2) has travelled across turf in his last two efforts. Like LANDESKOG, he failed as the public's choice in his last. Trainer Danny Pish puts the four-year-old back on dirt where he has thrived, winning eight of 12 on a fast track. He's been especially strong at 6 furlongs with five wins in six tries.

As you can see by the odds, The Thanksgiving Classic looks to be a competitive race. Horseplayers might consider an exacta box with our top four choices. Hopefully, the two with the longest odds will come home one, two. 

If so, please consider donating some of the winnings to a food bank near you. Because of the pandemic, donations to food banks are down, big time, while demand is growing. Many of our fellow citizens can use a little help. We can be thankful for having a few extra bucks to play the ponies. If we win, let's share in our good fortune this Thanksgiving. 


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