There is one west coast track on the schedule on Thursday. Golden Gate Fields is racing today with a small seven-race card. There is $82,000 in prize money up for grabs, so it’s not the biggest day in terms of large purses. You only have to wait one more day if that’s what you’re looking for. Breeders’ Cup weekend will open at Keeneland in Lexington. There will be two $2,000,000 stakes races and three $1,000,000 events at Keeneland on Friday. That’s an appetizer for what’s to come on Saturday. The $6,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr. 1) is the main course of the weekend.
It’s been quiet on the stakes schedule since the Preakness Stakes, so it will be nice to get back to big time racing. Some of the most popular horses of the year, including Authentic, Tiz the Law, and Swiss Skydiver will be participating on Saturday. It’s a loaded field and going to make for the race of the year. We’re not going to get that at Golden Gate Fields today, but hopefully a couple of winners anyway. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields Daily Double pick for November 5, 2020.
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Race 2 is our first selection of the day at Golden Gate Fields. This event carries a $14,000 purse for 6 furlongs on the synthetic track. Eight runners are expected to participate, with Sober and Shout It Out likely going to be hot commodities here. Sober enters as the betting favorite on the morning-line at 8/5 odds. This filly will be making her third career race today after going 4th and 7th in two career races. She finished 4th in her debut, a $30,000 maiden event, and then 7th in another $30,000 event.
For being a $125,000 horse, that isn’t exactly what her connections had in mind. Hence the drop to a more manageable race on Thursday. This is a much easier assignment, as Sober goes down to a $14,000 race. She was in good form in prep work for today. Sober completed 4 furlongs in 49.80 seconds a week ago. Expect her to run a much crisper race against this competition on Thursday afternoon at Golden Gate.
Shout It Out made an impressive debut on October 18 in a $14,000 race to place 2nd behind Manhattan Grace by a half length. She wasn’t expected to do anything in that race, so it was a welcome surprise for Shout It Out. She was clocked at 49.90 seconds on October 10 in preparation for her assignment today. Given Sober’s big class drop, I have to give her the edge, though. This is by far the easiest race that she has experienced in her career so far. A loss for a $125,000 young filly in this class would be disappointing.
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The final leg of our Daily Double at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday is a $11,500 event on the synthetic track. It’s scheduled to be a small field with six participants expected to arrive at the gate. She’s So Pretty and Buttie could get into an entertaining duel in the stretch in this race. It should at least be close going into the stretch.
She’s So Pretty is 4 for 10 in her career, and just recently saw her whopping four-race win streak come to an end. In her most recent win, the fourth win, She’s So Pretty won by 1 ½ lengths in a $11,500 event. She was the even favorite and delivered nicely for her backers. However, She’s So Pretty appeared to run out of gas in her next performance against tougher competition.
She finished 5th in a $14,000 event after ditching the $11,500 class and moving on up. It made sense given her four-race win streak, but her success didn’t translate against better horses. She was put in her place in that one, and will move back down in class for Thursday’s outing. Back down here, you have to give some thought to She’s So Pretty to get the win.
Buttie is 13 for 48 in her career and sliding down in class after going winless in five straight races. Her most recent win was on March 15 in a $19,000 event by a head. She stayed up in class before finally moving down for today’s event. Buttie isn’t used to racing in $11,500 races, but should thoroughly enjoy it. Expect this one to be a close race, with Buttie edging She’s So Pretty out in the stretch.