Thursday has a nice slate of horse racing action across the US. There are a minimum of eight race tracks available for wagering at BetOnline. The stakes racing scene is quiet on Thursday. There isn’t one notable event to talk about today. After the Breeders’ Cup Classic, it’s a bit of a dead period for big time stakes racing. The $20,000,000 Saudi Cup is scheduled for February, so we’ll go from a lull to the richest race in the world soon. That said, there is a high quantity of stakes races on Saturday this weekend. There are at least 20 stakes races in the US, with the running of the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (Gr. 1) at Los Alamitos the biggest of the bunch. The $250,000 Cigar Mile (Gr. 1) at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York is the other Grade 1 event on Saturday.
We’ll get started at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans on Thursday with a couple of selections. I can’t say that this is a day that I love for racing. There isn’t a lot that sticks out at these eight tracks, but there are a couple of horses at two tracks that catch my attention. If you want more horse racing picks along with our Fair Grounds selections, go to our horse racing page and check out what’s there currently. Feel free to bookmark it for our future picks as well. Head below for our free Fair Grounds Race Course picks for December 3, 2020.
Post Time: 1:00 p.m. CST
We will get started at Fair Grounds with the first race of the day in New Orleans. Race 1 covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $15,000 purse. Awe Shackle and In the Arch are respected horses going into Thursday. Awe Shackle has finished 3rd, 4th, 4th in his career so far. He’s been in decent enough form and has his sights lowered on Thursday.
As a first-time runner on August 17, Awe Shackle was in good form to show 3rd in a $19,500 event. He was 2nd at the top of the stretch, but failed to keep pace and dropped to 3rd. In his next performance, Awe Shackle dropped a spot to 4th on September 9 in another $19,500 assignment. He was a favorite to win that race, so that was rather disappointing.
Awe Shackle ran a similar race most recently on September 24 in his debut at Remington Park. He finished 4th in a $29,000 event, so that was a bit tougher. Awe Shackle is down in class for what should be an easier assignment on Thursday. In the Arch transfers from Indiana Grand to Fair Grounds after completing two races in Indiana.
In the Arch finished 4th and 2nd in those two events. He was 4th as a rookie on October 19 in a $16,000 event. In the Arch lacked a bid in that race as the favorite. A better debut was expected from In the Arch, but he returned on November 5 with a much better effort.
In the Arch placed 2nd behind Funny Bone by 3 ½ lengths. He rallied late, but it was too little too late for In the Arch. That was at 5 ½ furlongs, so it would have been nice if he had an extra half furlong to play catch up. In the Arch will have an extra half furlong to work things out on Thursday. I think he can make the most of it and get to the winner’s circle on Thursday.
Post Time: 3:25 p.m. CST
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 covers 1 1/16 miles on the turf for a $44,000 purse. This is one of the biggest races at Fair Grounds on Thursday. In Good Spirits and Desert Oasis are likely going to be in contention in the stretch in Race 1. Desert Oasis is 2 for 12 in her career, with her last win occurring on February 9 at Santa Anita Park. That was in a $57,000 event for a mile on the turf.
Desert Oasis got the win over Arctic Roll by ¾ lengths. She showed nice kick after the ¾ pole to take a half length lead at the top of the stretch. However, since then, Desert Oasis hasn’t been back to the winner’s circle. She has gone 2nd, 4th, 6th, 5th in her last four performances.
Desert Oasis appeared in the $75,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes on June 14. He finished 4th and then responded for 6th in the $65,000 Osunitas Stakes (Black Type) on July 12 at Del Mar. Desert Oasis jumped off the stakes circuit for 5th in a $50,500 allowance race.
Taking a slide down in class for Thursday, Desert Oasis should have an easier time getting to the front. In Good Spirits is dropping down in class today as well. She is 2 for 7 in her career with a couple of graded events on her resume. In Good Spirits showed 3rd in the $100,000 Regret Stakes (Gr. 3) on June 27.
She followed up to finish 4th in the $300,000 Edgewood Stakes (Gr. 2) In Good Spirits is a $200,000 horse that should thrive in this class. In her last win, In Good Spirits beat Wexx in a $73,000 event by ¾ lengths. Her assignment today should be easier today. I’m siding with In Good Spirits to get the job done.