Friday is the first half of a couple of big days at Keeneland in Lexington. The Breeders’ Cup races begin today with a big card worth over $7,000,000 in prize money. Tomorrow is the grand event, with the running of the $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic. You can find all of the big names in that one from 2020, including Tiz the Law, Swiss Skydiver, Maximum Security, and Authentic. Even if you don’t want to bet on the race, that’s certainly a race to watch on Saturday. We have you covered for all of the action on Friday at Keeneland, and will for tomorrow’s card as well.
TheSportsGeek also has you covered at Del Mar on Friday. Del Mar is putting on an eight-race card worth $420,000 today. There are a couple of horses that I like on the card on the west coast in California. Head below for our free Del Mar picks for November 6, 2020.
Post Time: 3:02 p.m. PST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We go from million dollar races at Keeneland to a $20,000 event at Del Mar. They count all the same when it comes to your betting, though. We land on Race 5 to begin the day at Del Mar on Friday. We should have a good battle between Black Storm and Burn Me Twice in this one. Black Storm is 6 for 32 in his career and has a recent win two races ago on October 2 at Santa Anita Park.
It was the first win for Black Storm since June 7. After finishing in June, Black Storm went 6th, 2nd, 5th, 1st, 4th. In the win on October 2, Black Storm won by 2 ¼ lengths over Jan’s Reverse. Following that win, he finished 4th on October 25 in a $22,000 assignment. Black Storm slides down a bit to a $20,000 race and should come close at this level. He has completed three 3-furlong workouts recently with times of 37.80, 36.40, and 37 seconds.
Burn Me Twice is the second favorite according to the morning-line. He is 5 for 24 in his career and is coming off a strong performance on September 7. Burn Me Twice finished behind the winner, by a nose in a $22,000 race. That was really close, but Burn Me Twice was unable to get the bob at the wire. He was coming off a disappointing effort for 5th as the favorite on July 24, but returned in fine form in September after a bit of a break. If he runs in that form today, a win should be within reach.
Race 7 – Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes
Post Time: 4:02 p.m PST
Race 7 is the feature race of the day at Del Mar. The $150,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes will run for 7 furlongs on the dirt. Ten horses are slated to run in this race, with Will Take a Kiss and Governor Goteven on my watchlist for the event. Will Take a Kiss has taken a split so far in her career, as she finished 4th in her debut on July 2. That was in a $40,000 event. 4th was just about where she was expected to finish, so there weren’t any surprises with that performance from Will Take a Kiss.
Will Take a Kiss came back on August 1 at Del Mar in a $55,000 event for a win. She beat Eddie’s New Dream by 2 ¾ lengths as an underdog. Will Take a Kiss was not expected to run that well and exceeded expectations in that race. She has been off the grid since then, but has looked strong in workouts leading up to today. Will Take a Kiss was clocked at 1:01.60 at 5 furlongs, and most recently 48 seconds on October 30.
Governor Goteven has gone a perfect 3 for 3 in her career, which includes two Black Type stakes wins. She won on August 1 in the $100,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes by 3 ½ lengths. That was an impressive outing for a horse that was only making her second outing. Governor Goteven followed up on August 30 to win again in another $100,000 assignment in the Generous Portion Stakes. She should have enough in her to get to the winner’s circle against a beatable field.