We have a nice big card on Friday with 12 racecourses on the agenda in North America. Woodbine represents the one card in Canada, while the 11 others are in the US. The biggest tracks racing today include Aqueduct, Del Mar, and Churchill Downs. Aqueduct and Churchill Downs will start earlier in the east, while Del Mar will get going later in the day in California.
With the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the books, there isn’t much in the way of big stakes racing the rest of the year. There will be some Grade 1 races along the way, but the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup is what I’m looking forward to the most. Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Authentic, will not be present after heading off for retirement following the $6,000,000 win on Saturday.
We’ll begin the day at Laurel Park in Maryland. It might not be as popular as Aqueduct or Churchill Downs in the east, but I think we can do something with the card on Friday afternoon. Laurel Park has nine races on the schedule worth a total of $262,000 in prize money. We’ll see what we can do with three horses on Friday in Maryland. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for November 13, 2020.
Post Time: 1:24 p.m. EST
Race 3 isn’t the feature race at Laurel Park on Friday, but it is the second biggest event in Maryland. This $40,000 event covers 7 furlongs on the dirt. Cool Stuff and Peace With Honor are going to likely have a chance at winning this event. Peace With Honor has finished 4th, 5th, 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 3rd. She has finished in the top-3 in three of her previous four outings. There has been some decent form there for Peace With Honor.
Peace With Honor placed 2nd behind Dare to Try by 2 ¾ lengths in a $40,000 event at 5 ½ furlongs. Dare to Try was a heavy favorite and took care of what was expected from her. Peace With Honor was an underdog in that race, so place money was more than acceptable for him. She came back on October 22 and was able to get into the money Peace With Honor showed 3rd in a $44,000 event. Once again, Peace With Honor was an underdog and out ran expectations.
Cool Stuff likely has an argument from the No. 1 post position. She has gone 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 2nd in her career. Cool Stuff has come close on three different occasions from getting to the winner’s circle. In her latest races, all of which came at Monmouth Park, Cool Stuff placed 2nd on October 3 behind Dantastic by 1 ¾ lengths in a $59,375 event.
Cool Stuff came back out on October 24 and placed 2nd again, this time by Country Miles by 3 lengths in a $59,907 race. However, she did beat nine other runners, and is moving down in class for Friday. All signs point to a bold bid for Cool Stuff, with a win more than doable in her debut at Laurel Park.
Post Time: 2:54 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 6 is the feature race at Laurel Park, with a purse of $47,000 on offer in this event. Lost in Limbo and Lewisfield have to be of some interest to handicappers. Lost in Limbo will try to make it happen from the No. 6 post, which would result in the second straight win for him. He also won on October 31 after going winless in seven straight races.
He was held out of the top-3 in five straight performances before getting the win on Halloween. That was a 2 ½ length win for Lost in Limbo in a $58,185 event. It wasn’t expected from Lost in Limbo. He was an underdog and wasn’t close around the ⅜ pole. Lost in Limbo as 5th at the ⅜ pole and then turned it on from there. A repeat effort would make this an interesting race in the stretch.
Lewisfield is 8 for 26 in his career and is coming down in class after stakes racing. The vast majority of the outings in his 26-race career have been stakes events. In his most recent win, Lewisfield won the $75,000 Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial Stakes on December 7 over Still Having Fun by a neck. Since then, Lewisfield has gone 4th, 9th, 3rd. In his most recent showing, Lewisfield was 3rd in the $102,000 Maryland Million Sprint Handicap (Black Type) on October 24. He drops way down in class and should be able to find a win in Race 6 at this level.
Post Time: 3:24 p.m. EST
One more selection at Laurel Park for Friday. Race 7 goes 7 furlongs on the main track for a $33,000 purse. Dr. Ferber and Hello Hot Rod are on my watchlist in this event. Dr. Ferber made his debut on October 17 at Delaware Park and was strong out of the gate. He showed 3rd in a $25,000 event at 6 furlongs after being passed along three times since 2018. Dr. Ferber was originally purchased for $7,000 in 2018, and then $15,000 a year later, and then finally $40,000 at auction in May.
He is expected to compete in this class. Hello Hot Rod made his debut on October 30 and was in good form as well. He placed 2nd behind Doubleoseven by a neck in a $44,121 event. Based on form in workouts, Hello Hot Rod was regarded as one of the favorites of that race. He handled his first race really well. Hello Hot Rod should be able to get the win in this easier assignment on Friday.