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
racing is what brings this community together.
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.
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.
field of eight will race 6 furlongs in the eighth race on the holiday card.
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.
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.
(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.
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
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.
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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