We have a big slate of racing on Friday with 11 tracks in the US at BetOnline. If you are new to horse racing, BetOnline has you covered with a risk-free $25.00 bet to put on any horse you would like. The racebook also includes a 7% cash back on horse racing losses, which is good for any of the 11 racecourses offering cards on Friday. We will get started at Laurel Park on Friday. Laurel Park has nine events available for a total of $300,000 in prize money.
The stakes racing is quiet on Friday with just one event at Fair Grounds worth only $50,000. That is the running of the Magic City Classic. Fair Grounds will have seven more stakes races on Saturday. The running of the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park is the biggest event of the day. The post-Breeders’ Cup stakes races aren’t the biggest, but with the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup coming up in February, we go from 0 to 100.
The total prize pool over the two-day event in Saudi Arabia is a whopping $30.5 million. Bob Baffert’s Authentic, who was the horse of 2020, will not be participating in the Saudi Cup. I was looking forward to it, but his time was up and he is enjoying retirement at the moment. It’s better to see a horse finish on top than race beyond their expiration date and wear down. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for December 10, 2020.
Post Time: 12:25 p.m. EST
Race 1 features a $40,000 purse for a mile of racing on the dirt. Two horses could duel down the stretch for the win in the event. Chloe Rose and Our Bella Nicole are two good horses that should be able to run well in this race. Our Bella Nicole has finished 6th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd in the first five races of her career.
She has been showing signs of improvement after finishing 6th as a first-time runner on June 29 at Delaware Park. In her most recent showing, Our Bella Nicole placed 2nd behind Gherardini by 5 ½ lengths in a $46,000 event. Nice try, but it was a bit too tough. A move down to a $40,000 event should benefit her.
Chloe Rose is out for the second race of her career. She showed 3rd on October 18 in a $46,000 event, which was encouraging as a rookie. Chloe Rose was close with 1 ¼ length deficit behind the winner, Swirling Dancer. The top-3 horses in that event were close. There wasn’t much at all separating 3rd from the winner in that race. A similar effort on Friday would likely be enough for a win.
Post Time: 1:51 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 is a 5 ½ furlong event for a $40,000 purse. Seven horses are expected to participate on the dirt in this race. Extrasexybigdaddee and Escapability should have a good attempt for the top prize in this one. Extrasexybigdaddee will make his debut on Friday after a long stretch of workouts. He’s been working hard in the morning getting prepared for today. Extrasexybigdaddee has hit the workout track in the morning a total of eight times since October 17.
Extrasexybigdaddee was most impressive recently on November 28 with a time of 1:00.00 at 5 furlongs. He was also in good form on December 4 in his last workout before today. Extrasexybigdaddee was clocked at 36.80 seconds at 3 furlongs, and appears ready for a solid showing as a rookie on Friday. He will likely have to deal with Escapability, who has the experience nod and is in good form entering this event.
Escapability has finished 4th and 2nd in two races. He was 4th as a first-time runner on October 30 in a $44,121 assignment. A month later, Escapability placed 2nd behind The Wolfman by 4 ½ lengths for a $43,362 purse. He had the lead from the ¼ pole to the ⅜ pole, but slipped up late in the race. Against this competition on Friday, Escapability shouldn’t have the same trouble. I will side with Escapability for the win.
Post Time: 2:51 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 6 is our final selection at Laurel Park on Thursday. The race covers 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $42,000 purse. This is the second largest prize of the day at Laurel Park. Eight horses are expected to run in this event. Excess Capacity and Bluefield should be involved in the stretch run in Race 6. Excess Capacity is looking to get back into form after failing to get into the money in seven straight outings.
She showed 3rd on March 8 and has been denied ever since. Her most recent win was on January 23 at Aqueduct in a $55,000 event. However, Excess Capacity has gone 6th, 5th, 4th in his previous three attempts. In her last race, she finished 4th for a $53,802 purse. Sliding down in class today, expect Excess Capacity should have more to say on Friday.
Bluefield is in hot form to open her career. She has been on a tear with results of 1st, 1st, 3rd, 1st through four performances. In her most recent performance, Bluefield beat Gallinella by a half length for a $34,017 purse. In her other two wins, she won by 2 ½ lengths in a $28,840 event, and a 2 ½ length winner in her debut in August for a $24,926 race. She continues to inch up in class and continues to find the winner’s circle. I’m aboard Bluefield at a nice price on the morning-line.