The stakes racing might be quiet this weekend, but there’s still a full card of racing across North America for Sunday. BetOnline is offering nine racecourses for wagering today. Three marquee tracks are in business, with Del Mar, Churchill Downs, and Aqueduct running. I’m not too keen on what Churchill Downs and Aqueduct are offering, but I have you covered for Del Mar in California on Sunday. We’re also aiming for a profit at Laurel Park today. It was another winning day yesterday in Maryland. It wasn’t a three for three sweep like Friday, but we’ll take the two winners and move on.
There is one Grade 3 race at Del Mar today. It’s the only graded race in North America. There are a couple of $100,000 stakes races at Aqueduct, and another at Woodbine in Toronto, but that’s all. Everyone is still in a Breeders’ Cup Classic hangover after the $6,000,000 race last week. There were a lot of graded events at Keeneland, including several over the $1,000,000 mark. You are not going to find that at Del Mar. What you are going to find is a nine-race card with $451,000 in total prize money available. Head below for our free Del Mar Racing picks for November 15, 2020.
Post Time: 2:00 p.m. PST
Race 4 is a $57,000 event on the main track covering a mile. There are six horses expected to participate in the race. Tapitution has shown improvement after debuting in 6th on June 19 at Santa Anita Park. The Bob Baffert trainee finished 6th in a $50,000 event as a first-time runner. He wasn’t expected to be near the front, so there weren’t any surprises with the performance.
Tapitution came back out on September 5 and did two spots better. Tapiutition finished 4th in that race, which was a $55,000 assignment for him. The prize money continues to increase for Tapitution, as he’ll be going into a $57,000 race on Sunday. His connections are really hoping that things pan out correctly for him. This horse was bought for $350,000 in March of last year, so results are expected to follow, especially in this class.
Charlito has finished in the top-3 in five straight performances after beginning out 5th in back-to-back races to open his career. As expensive as Tapiution was, Charlito was over double the price with a price tag of $725,000. He was bought in the same month as Tapitution. In Charlitos last race, he finished a half length behind Mystery Man in a $55,000 event. He’s looked even better in recent workouts. In his most recent workout, Charlito completed 5 furlongs with a time of 58.60 seconds. If that form holds on Sunday, without question Charlito should be in for a winning trip on Sunday.
Race 8 – Bob Hope Stakes
Post Time: 4:00 p.m. PST
The Bob Hope Stakes (Gr. 3) is the lone stakes race at Del Mar on Sunday. It’s the only graded event in North America today. It will take place on the main track at Del Mar for a $100,000 purse. A small but talented field is expected to participate in this 7-furlong event. Weston and Spielberg are the most recognizable names in this race, and they both have a good opportunity to win a graded race today.
Weston has gone 2 for 3 in his career, with a win to open his career on June 21 in a $50,000 event by 1 ¼ lengths over Ambivalent as an underdog. Beating Dr. Schivel in that race was awfully impressive as well for Weston. That effort prompted an immediate class hike to a Grade 2 race on August 8. It was another exciting race for Weston, as he beat Girther by a neck to win the $150,000 event. They got into a duel and Weston won out in the stretch.
After those two standout performances by Weston, was a Grade 1 win in the cards next? Nope. That was too tough, as Weston showed 3rd in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on September 7. Dr. Schivel got his revenge in that race, as he beat Weston by two spots. Spielberg finished a spot ahead of Weston for place money. He had Weston beaten by 3 ¾ lengths.
Spielberg is a Baffert trainee expected to win some big events. Purchased for $1,000,000 in 2019, Spielberg is 1 for 4 in his career thus far. He’s been close in all of his entries, though, going 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 1st. He finally broke through in a $57,000 event over Parnelli by a neck on November 1. While that was one of his easiest assignments, his form was at its peak in that race. This should be another attainable event for him on Sunday. Baffert appears to have him running well at the moment, and he should be able to beat this field.