There is racing from the east to the west coast on Friday afternoon. We have you covered at Laurel Park in Maryland with three picks. If you are interested in more horse racing picks, you can find some more at Laurel Park for Friday. The weekend is always the biggest for horse racing. Purse sizes are typically grander. That’s the case for this upcoming weekend as well. However, there are no Grade 1 races to speak of in North America.
The next will be in Churchill Downs in two weeks, which will be for a $500,000 purse. We get to take a breather before the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup in February, but attention is already turning to Triple Crown season in 2021. Hopefully schedules are kept the same and no changes will have to be made like this past year.
It just never felt like the Triple Crown because of the large gaps between races. That’s not what the Triple Crown is about. Part of the allure of winning the Triple Crown is winning three huge races in such a short time. In any event, there’s no controversy after Tiz the Law failed to win the Kentucky Derby after winning the Belmont Stakes.
Golden Gate Fields has eight races on the billing today. It’s split between the synthetic track and turf, with four on the main track and four on the grass worth a total of $139,500. There are a couple of horses that caught my attention in Berkeley for today. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields picks for November 13, 2020.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. PST
Our first stop at Golden Gate Fields on Friday afternoon is at Race 3. A modest purse of $10,000 is up for grabs, which covers 5 furlongs on the synthetic track. Kenna Is Spicy and Irenie should have a strong push for a win in this one. Kenna Is Spicy has gone 6th, 2nd, 5th, 3rd, 4th, 3rd in her career. She has only placed once in her career and has to win.
In the race she placed, Kenna Is Spicy finished 5 lengths behind Grazen Valor in a $11,000 event on March 12. Kenna Is Spicy showed 3rd on October 18 in her most recent outing. That was in a $10,000 maiden claiming event. Since that performance, Kenna Is Spicy made a couple of trips around the track for scheduled workouts. She completed 4 furlongs at 49.60 seconds and 3 furlong at 37.80 seconds.
In the race I noted above where Kenna Is Spicy showed 3rd, she was able to make it possible because of a DQ ahead of her. Kenna Is Spicy finished 4th, but was bumped up because of a disqualification. Irenie participated in that race as well. She made out better with place claims to finish behind the winner, Foxy Carmela, by a nose at the wire.
Irenie rallied on the rail late, but just didn’t have enough in her to complete the comeback. Similar form would be more than enough against this competition, which is relatively weak compared to what she has seen in the past. Her workouts have looked good, with times of 1:00.20 and 1:01.00 at 4 furlongs, and 36.40 and 37.40 seconds at 5 furlongs.
Post Time: 3:18 p.m. PST
We arrive at Race 6 at Golden Gate Fields for Friday. This mile long event comes with a $12,500 purse. Seven horses are expected to participate shortly after 3:00 p.m. PST. We could have a duel on our hands between Hong Kong Cowboy and Colour Me Happy. Hong Kong Cowboy seeks a hat-trick on Friday after winning on September 27 and October 18.
He won the September race over Matson by 2 lengths in a $11,000 event. Hong Kong Cowboy was able to follow up on that win with another victory on October 18. He beat Fabriana by 3 ½ lengths up slightly in class at the $12,500 level. Note that Hong Kong Cowboy hasn’t finished outside of the top-2 since August 13. He’s finished 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 1st, in his previous four entries.
In the most recent race that he didn’t win, Hong Kong Cowboy finished 2nd in a $11,000 assignment behind Glory Call by 4 lengths. You have to believe that Hong Kong Cowboy is going to run another close one on Friday afternoon. This race is right in a class that he should feel comfortable in. Colour Me Happy will most likely be the horse with the best chance of stopping Hong Kong Cowboy.
Colour Me Happy is 13 for 35 in his career and went on a monster run before being stopped recently on October 11. He won four straight races from June 28 to September 20. In his latest win, Colour Me Happy beat Little No Way by 1 ¼ lengths in a $15,000 event. Prior to that, Colour Me Happy was a 2 length winner in a $15,000 event on August 30. His loss on October 11 ended the streak, though he was still strong enough to show 3rd. Colour Me Happy was a $104,423 purchase in 2015. A $12,500 assignment shouldn’t pose too many problems for him.