The Thanksgiving feast in the books, it’s time to gorge on some high quality racing from across North America here on the final day of November.
Gulfstream Park opened the doors on its winter Championship Meet Friday and brings a loaded first Saturday card headlined by six stakes. Aqueduct continues the holiday weekend action with three stakes, including a pair of graded events, while everyone will be scouting would-be potential Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders in two graded stakes at Churchill Downs.
The second primer of the holiday weekend covers all the stakes action with a little something extra tossed in for good measure. Here it is for Saturday, Nov. 30. Take care and good luck.
Gulfstream Park. Race 1. Noon. The Championship Meet arrives and opener is maiden claimer at 1 mile on the grass.
Gulfstream. Race 3. 1:00. First of six stakes on the card, the $75,000 Hut Hut for 2-year-old fillies. Tonalist’s Shape won in Hallandale Beach two back and added a victory across town last time in first start for Saffie Joseph Jr.
Laurel Park. Race 4. 1:50. Honest Mischief, beaten favorite in Grade 1 Woody Stephens and well-beaten third in Grade 2 Amsterdam, looked good in Keeneland comeback last time and stands out in $100,000 Force The Pass City of Laurel Stakes going 7 furlongs.
Gulfstream. Race 5. 2:00. Complexifier looked good winning optional at Keeneland last time out for Brian Lynch and gets next test in $75,000 Buffalo Man for 2-year-olds at 6 furlongs.
Laurel. Race 5. 2:18. Vault appreciated class relief in last two starts at Penn National and Parx and returns to stakes company for $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go.
Aqueduct. Race 7. 2:46. Fully Vested, third in Belmont Turf Sprint Championship, won’t have to go through Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint contenders Final Frontier and Shekky Shebaz, in $125,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship.
Laurel. Race 6. 2:51. Michele Nevin ships Roaming Union from New York for $100,000 Richard W. Small to take on Sunny Ridge, Bonus Points, Han Sense and Golden Brown.
Gulfstream. Race 7. 3:00. Two-year-old fillies head to the grass for $75,000 Wait A While.
Aqueduct. Race 8. 3:15. Performer rides three-race win streak into Grade 3 Discovery against Tax, Mubarmaj and En Wye Cee.
Laurel. Race 7. 3:20. Bulky field of 13 3-year-old fillies for $100,000 Imagining Safely Kept
Gulfstream. Race 8. 3:30. Sound Machine didn’t fare well as favorite in Keeneland optional last time but should factor in $75,000 House Party.
Del Mar. Race 2. 3:33. Full field of 14 for the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante for 2-year-old fillies on the grass. Croughavouke exits sixth in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf while Alms comes off victory in Grade 3 Matron in early October.
Aqueduct. Race 9. 3:44. Older fillies and mares go long in Grade 3 Long Island on the grass.
Gulfstream. Race 9. 4:00. Back to the grass for $75,000 Pulpit at 1 mile.
Del Mar. Race 4. 4:30. Siberian Iris, a stakes winner on the course two starts back, heads Grade 3 Red Carpet going 11 furlongs on the grass.
Gulfstream. Race 10. 4:30. Fort McHenry needed three starts to break maiden but $1.1 million son of Tapit stands out in $75,000 Smooth Air for Todd Pletcher.
Woodbine. Race 8. 4:39. Overeaters at Thanksgiving might like Split My Pants in the $100,000 Sir Barton but he could be up against it with Cooler Mike, Thor’s Rocket and Magical Man in the field.
Churchill Downs. Race 9. 4:57. Early glimpse at some possible Oaks contenders in the Grade 2 Golden Rod. Finite and Lady Galmour finished 1-2 in the Rags To Riches last time and are back with His Glory and Motu, the first two across the line in an optional on the same card.
Del Mar. Race 6. 5:30. Several players from Breeders’ Cup weekend, including Turf Sprint runner-up Om, Mile 13th-place finisher Next Shares and the top three from the Lure – Ronald R, Ritzy A. P. and River Boyne – square off in Grade 2 Seabiscuit.
Fair Grounds. Race 9. 5:35. Tough to sort out the dozen fillies and mares in $75,000 Richard R. Scherer Memorial sprinting on the grass.
Churchill. Race 11. 5:56. Tiz The Law, winner of the Grade 1 Champagne who bypassed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, could stake claim for 2-year-old championship in Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club. Constitution colt did nothing wrong in his first two starts and must negotiate two turns for the first time against South Bend, Fighting Seabee and Silver Prospector.
Del Mar. Race 8. 6:30. Eastern shippers Digital Age, Standard Deviation, Henley’s Joy, Uncle Bull and Mr. Dumas take on Twilight Derby trifecta Mo Forza, Succeedandsurpass and Neptune’s Storm in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.
Golden Gate Field. Race 8. 7:18. Mugaritz takes five-race win streak into Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap .
Charles Town Races. Race 7. 10:02. Still going strong? How about the $50,000 Eleanor Casey Memorial going 7 furlongs and two turns for 2-year-old fillies. Boundtobebad won at the track and trip last time and should again.