There is plenty of football and horse racing on Sunday, as the NFL enters the Week 13 edition of Sunday football. The stakes are getting higher in the NFL, with teams battling for playoff spots and seeding now. It should be an exciting race down the stretch in December. We should have some exciting racing down the stretch on Sunday across North America. There are nine tracks available for wagering at BetOnline today, with eight in the US and another in Canada at Woodbine.
It’s another pretty quiet day with regard to stakes racing. The biggest race on the slate is the $125,000 Mazarine Stakes (Gr. 3) at Woodbine. Next weekend we have a Grade 1 race at Churchill Downs for $500,000. The running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap (Gr. 1) on Friday is the first Grade 1 and race for at least $500,000 since the Breeders’ Cup weekend at Keeneland.
We are at Churchill Downs on Sunday for a total of $500,000 in prizes across nine races. It was a good day at Del Mar on Saturday, with two successful horses, including Exotic West, an exciting rookie for Bob Baffert that could make her mark in 2021. Two or three more winners at Churchill Downs would be a nice way to wrap up the weekend. Head below for our free Churchill Downs pick for November 22, 2020.
Post Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Miles
Race 1 will get us started at Churchill Downs on Sunday afternoon. This is a 6 ½ mile race for a $27,000 purse on the dirt. Baby White Sox and Lake Nimrod are expected to run strong races in this one. Baby White Sox gets the inside rail out of the gate from the No. 1 post position. He is winless in four races, with results of 11th, 10th, 3rd, 10th. In his best performance, Baby White Sox showed 3rd on May 23 in a $35,000 assignment. He had the lead at the top of the stretch by a half length, but yielded down the stretch.
Baby White Sox came back out on July 10 to finish 10th in another $35,000 race. Disappointing to say the least, and considering that Baby White Sox was a big underdog in that race he finished 3rd, it could have very well been an outlier for Baby White Sox. Hence, Baby White Sox will drop in class for Sunday to a $27,000 event. That should certainly put him in better standing. For a $100,000 horse, Baby White Sox should run better below the $30,000 mark.
Lake Nimrod has finished 4th, 2nd, 8th, 2nd in his career, placing twice and finishing outside of contention in the other two. In his most recent performance, Lake Nimrod placed 2nd behind Motown Music by a nose at the wire in a $28,500 race. This was nice after finishing 8th preceding that outing on September 26 in a $75,000 event. Race 1 on Sunday presents a winnable situation for the $180,000 Lake Nimrod.
Post Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Race 3 is one of the bigger races on the card at Churchill Downs on Sunday. Powder River and Financial One should have something to say in the stretch run in this event. Powder River has finished 6th, 6th, 6th, 7th, 3rd in her career. She broke the top-3 for the first time in her career on October 8 at Keeneland. Powder River showed 3rd in the $70,000 assignment. Powder River was regarded as finishing well, as she went from 7th at the ¾ pole to 3rd for some of the purse money.
Financial One has gone 2nd and 4th in her career. She made her debut on September 4 and placed 2nd behind Saintsation by 2 ½ lengths for a $97,000 purse. Financial One made her next outing on October 8 and finished 4th for a $70,000 purse. That was a bit disappointing everything considered. Financial One was the betting favorite, but Powder River had her by 2 ½ lengths to earn place money.
Difference being on Sunday is that Financial One is going to get inside position out of the gate, while Powder River is on the outside. Financial One has been in good standing in workouts leading up to today as well. She completed 4 furlongs in 47.40, 48, and 49 seconds following the loss on October 8. I’m going to side with the No. 1 horse in Race 3.
Post Time: 4:36 p.m. EST
The feature race at Churchill Down should be a good one in Race 8. It should be a competitive race for a $95,000 purse. Mojo Man, Wellabled, and Hollis all have a case to win here, with my shortlist cut down to Mojo Man and Hollis. Mojo Man is the betting favorite with a morning-line of 5/2. He is 7 for 22 in his career with two wins in a row going into Sunday.
Mojo Man was a 3 ¾ length winner for a $62,500 purse on August 13, and then was a repeat winner with a win on September 25 in a $65,000 event by 1 ½ lengths. He is a winner in four of his previous five outings, but Mojo Man is taking a jump in class today. This is one of the trickiest races that Mojo Man has had to deal with in a while. Certainly he’s going to see tougher competition on Sunday.
He will have to contend with Hollis who has been on fire recently. Hollis is on a two-race winning streak, including a stakes win recently in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes on October 1. Hollis beat Completed Pass by a neck as an underdog for his second straight win. Prior to that performance, Hollis beat American Butterfly by 3 ¾ lengths in a $48,400 assignment. He’s also a winner in three of his previous four outings. I think there is some nice value on Hollis in this one.