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It’s going to be another quiet weekend with regard to stakes racing in the US. There are three $100,000 races across three separate tracks, but that’s the biggest we are going to see. Woodbine in Toronto has two $175,000 races, so those events will offer the most money. The $500,000 Clark Handicap (Gr. 1) at Churchill Downs on November 27 is the first Grade 1 race since Breeders’ Cup weekend at Keeneland.
In our first card on Thursday, we’re in New York at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Queens based racetrack is available for wagering at BetOnline, and includes ten races for a total of $582,000. Not a bad pool of prize money for a Thursday card. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for November 19, 2020.
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We will get going at Aqueduct Racetrack with Race 1. This event covers a mile on the main track for a $28,000 purse. Local Counsel and Economic Policy are likely front runners to get the win in Race 1. Local Counsel will have to show improvement from his most recent outings, but could find this event an easier road to the winner’s circle. Overall in his career, Local Counsel is 2 for 13 in his career, but has had it tough since February. Local Counsel has gone 4th, 10th, 10th, 9th, 5th in his previous five races.
Local Counsel was 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 1st before going on that cold drought. In his most recent outing, he finished 5th on March 6 in a $40,000 event. Prior to that, Local Counsel finished 9th in a $70,000 race. Local Counsel continues to slide down in class, and might have found one that he should be able to run well in. He’s participating in a $28,000 event on Thursday in one of his easiest races in well over a year. Note that Local Counsel won a $64,000 event by a neck on January 19, 2019. However, his form has disintegrated to the point where he’s aiming for $28,000 money now.
Economic Policy is in great form right now and eyeing a hat-trick after wins on September 4 and October 25 at Monmouth and Belmont. In the first win, Economic Policy beat Dohko by 3 ¾ lengths in a $17,625 event. He was geared down near the wire and was clear easily. I suspect Economic Policy could have won a more difficult race than that. Economic Policy returned on October 25 to win by 2 lengths in a $28,000 event. He was 8th at the ½ pole and drove hard from there to edge away. His current form should be enough to earn another win and the hat-trick on Thursday.
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In the co-feature race of the day, seven horses are expected to travel 7 furlongs on the dirt for a $84,000 purse. This is one of two $84,000 events at Aqueduct on Thursday. Flashndynamite and Gone Glimmering are on my shortlist for the event. Flashndynamite has been on a terrific run, with four straight wins from January 4 to July 21. She was blocked from getting a fifth straight win on November 2.
All races took place at Parx, so she’s taking a step up to Aqueduct with the transfer. In her most recent win, Flashndynamite beat Slingin Sammy B by 1 length in a $22,000 event. In her last outing, she placed 2nd behind Postal Creek by ¾ lengths in a $41,000 race to end the four-race winning streak. She is taking a leap forward in class, but should be able to run close to the wire in the stretch. I think there should be some better value out there, though. Gone Glimmering has the inside rail out of the gate and is running on good form as well.
The filly is 4 for 12 in her career with some stakes racing on her resume. Her biggest entry was in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (Gr. 1) on October 4, 2019. For that level, it wasn’t a bad performance to finish 5th. Gone Glimmering has finished 1st, 2nd, 1st in her last three outings. She won on August 27 in a $57,000 event by 1 ½ lengths over Little Red Frog. After finishing 2nd, Gone Glimmering went back to the winner’s circle on October 16 with a 1 ¼ length win for $62,500. I’m siding with Gone Glimmering.