Black Friday has a nice slate of racing across the US with 11 race tracks available for betting at BetOnline. That’s just about everything you could ask for, unless you are looking for one of the really small racecourses. I don’t need much more than that for me personally. The likes of Fonner Park and Charles Town is about as small as I will go when it comes to horse racing. If you want some big racing on Friday, then you should be content on Black Friday.
There are at least six stakes races for at least $100,000 today. Churchill Downs is home to the crown jewel of the weekend. The running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap (Gr. 1) is the biggest event since the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It’s the first Grade 1 event on the calendar since that weekend. I’m not falling in love with that race, though. It’s a tough event with it being a toss-up between three or four participants.
Aqueduct has the most stakes races on Friday with three worth $100,000 apiece. To get started on Black Friday, we’ll be at Aqueduct in New York for the ten-race card. There are a total of ten races on the docket worth $728,000 in New York today. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for November 27, 2020.
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Our card will begin with the first race of the day at Churchill Downs. Race 1 features a tidy purse of $70,000 for a mile of racing on the main track. Our Man Mike and Dante’s Map are on my watchlist for the event. Dante’s Map will be running from the outside from the No. 7 post position. He was a first-time runner on September 25, and struggled to finish 7th for a $52,000 purse on September 25.
Dante’s Map followed up for a much stronger performance on October 29, both races at Belmont Park. Dante’s Map placed 2nd behind Storm Shooter by 4 ¼ lengths for a $70,000 in that outing. He was a heavy underdog, but the improved form was definitely present. Dante’s Map cleared Noble Journey by 3 ¾ lengths to earn place money. In his last workout, he looked good with a time of 48.22 seconds at 4 furlongs. That kind of form should continue to put him in contention in this class.
Our Man Mike has finished 4th, 2nd, 2nd in the first three events of his career. He was stakes racing in his previous two outings. Our Man Mike placed 2nd behind Thin White Duke by ¾ lengths in the $120,438 Aspirant Stakes (Black Type) on October 6. He was able to follow up to place 2nd again, this time 4 ½ lengths behind Blue Gator in the $218,075 New York Breeders’ Futurity. This is a big step down for Our Man Mike to a $70,000 event on Black Friday. A winning run is in the cards for Our Man Mike.
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Race 4 is for a $72,000 purse on the main track over 6 furlongs of racing. Nine horses are expected to run in this event at Aqueduct Racetrack. Spin a Yarn and Impazible Donna should be considered to get the win in this one. Impazible Donna has the potential to run well and is getting a good price on the morning-line. She has finished 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 4th in her career. Impazible Donna won on October 4 over Wasp by a neck in a $52,000 event.
It was a sharp run by Impazible Donna, as she took over the lead at the top of the stretch and held well. In her next performance, Impazible Donna was unable to finish in the top-3 for the first time in her career. For a $72,000 purse on November 1, Impazible Donna ran decently to finish 4th in the outing. She kept in at the stretch and competed. It was close between the top-4 horses, with Impazible Donna around 3 lengths off the lead.
Spin a Yarn has been terrific in her career with wins in 5 of 7 races. She finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st in her career before finishing 8th in the $125,000 Iroquois Stakes (Black Type). That was too tough for Spin a Yarn, but she has competed in other events. Spin a Yarn won on September 23 in a blowout of a win by 11 lengths for a $19,000 purse. Despite the lower class, that effort would have been enough for a win in this class, too. I am going to side with Spin a Yarn bouncing back on Friday.
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Race 7 is a $84,000 event for 6 furlongs on the main track. It should be a good race between seven horses, with Clench and Pete’s Play Call likely to give a good go of it here. Clench gets the No. 1 post position and inside rail out of the gate. Expect Clench to compete hard for the top prize at Aqueduct. Clench is 5 for 19 in his career and looking for a hat-trick on Friday in New York.
He won on September 7 in a $49,000 event by a head over Aristocrat at Saratoga. Clench was able to follow up to win again on October 12 for back-to-back wins. In that race, Clench beat Morning Breez by 4 lengths for a $65,000 purse. That was impressive and sets Morning Breez up for a winning opportunity today.
Pete’s Play Call is feeling good with some nice results lately. He has finished 1st, 1st, 4th, 2nd in his previous four outings. In his most recent victory, Pete’s Play Call won by a nose over Mount Travers in a $76,000 event. He had another good run most recently on October 25 to place 2nd behind Last Judgment by a head for a $84,000 event. A repeat performance would suffice for Pete’s Play Call on Friday. If that’s the case, he likely gets to the winner’s circle.