Sports are in a lull period right now? Well, not on Sunday at least. We have a full slate of NFL action in Week 10, the final round of the Masters, and horse racing across North America. We’re approaching the beginning of college basketball on November 25, so that’s something to get excited over if you’re a fan.
The NBA season will begin just under a month from then on December 22, just in time for Christmas basketball. Horse racing never slows down. If horse racing is your favorite, then you don’t know how a dead period of sports feels. There’s always something going on, but in terms of stakes racing, the end of November and December is pretty quiet.
It doesn’t mean we can’t win. The last two days were a nice success at Laurel Park. After a three for three sweep on Friday, we picked up two more winners on Saturday to make it a 5-1 streak in Maryland. I’m going to stick with Laurel Park for my first card of the day on Sunday. Laurel Park has eight cards worth a total of $224,000 on Sunday. We’ll handicap a few and hope for the best result. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for November 15, 2020.
Post Time: 12:25 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
We will get the day started at Laurel Park early in the afternoon with Race 1. This event covers 1 1/16 miles on the dirt for a $19,000 purse. Invest and Lectric Choke should be held in high esteem on Sunday afternoon. Invest is 2 for 14 in his career, having most recently won on June 18 at Belmont Park. It was a good effort by Invest, as he won by a head in a $27,000 race over Violent Delights.
That was a wire-to-wire win for Invest. For a $240,000 horse, that’s kind of what you expect. Winning a $27,000 race should be easy. Considering the price he was purchased for in 2018, a record of 2 for 14 and competing in lower-tier races isn’t exactly what his connections had in mind. Invest hasn’t made it back to the winner’s circle since that win on June 18. After winning at Belmont Park, Invest has gone 7th, 8th, 7th, 2nd.
Invest looked better in his most recent outing on November 5. He placed 2nd behind Five Card Draw in a $16,545 race. So, quite the fall from June after a $27,000 race. Now, Invest is just struggling to keep up in events below the $20,000 mark. He lost that race by 2 lengths as an underdog. Lectric Choke has been in consistent form since the summer.
Lectric Choke has finished in the top-3 in 8 of his previous 10 outings. In his most recent win, Lectric Choke beat Once in a Lifetime by 7 ¾ lengths in a blowout in a $18,960 assignment. That was too easy, so a jump in class was needed. In his most recent race, Lectric Choke placed 2nd behind Benandjoe by ¾ lengths in a $27,683 race. This should be an easier race for Lectric Choke to tame on Sunday. I will put my support behind him.
Post Time: 1:52 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 is the feature event at Laurel Park, which comes with a $47,000 purse on the dirt for 5 ½ furlongs of racing. We have what is expected to be a six-horse field in Race 4. Fly On Angel and Malibu Mischief are expected to be involved in the stretch run. Fly On Angel is 4 for 10 in her career and has had some pretty decent success.
She’s gone 2nd, 1st, 1st, 6th in her previous four outings. The biggest win of her career came on August 28 in the $200,000 Charles Town Oaks (Gr. 3). Fly On Angel won as an underdog by a half length in a surprising outcome. That was her second straight win after finding the winner’s circle on August 10 as well in a $40,000 event by 2 lengths on August 10. Naturally after winning the Charles Town Oaks, Fly On Angel entered another stakes race.
Fly On Angel finished 6th in the $150,000 Miss Preakness Stakes (Gr. 3). She was an underdog in that one and ran as expected. Unlike the Charles Town Oaks, Fly On Angel weakened and faded away after the ½ pole. For a $23,000 horse, she has accomplished a lot already, though. Malibu Mischief is on a big heater with five straight wins.
In her most recent win, Malibu Mischief won by 7 ¼ lengths over Chiefs Kingdom in an easy win at the $47,835 level. Preceding that win, she won even easier in a $42,000 race by 8 ½ lengths over She Answered. Fly On Angel is going to provide the biggest challenge to Malibu Mischief in quite a while. However, I’m confident that she can get it done and extend her winning streak on Sunday to six races.
Post Time: 2:52 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 6 is worth $29,000 on the main track at Laurel Park on Sunday. Nine horses are expected to run, with Isabellaalexa and Hydra are on my shortlist for this event. Hydra is getting some daily nice odds from the No. 1 post position and might be worth some consideration. After opening her career in 4th and 5th, Hydra has finished in the top-3 in nine straight events. In his previous four entries, Hydra has finished 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 1st.
In her previous outing, Hydra was a winner by a neck in a $26,000 event. Hydra had the lead at the ¼ pole and was able to dig in and hold on in the stretch. Prior to that performance, Hydra placed 2nd behind Kit Kat Katie by a length in a $26,000 event. She is inching up in class For Sunday, so we’ll see how she handles it. It isn’t the biggest leap. I still expect Hydra to come close in the stretch run.
Isabellaalexa is a back-to-back winner with victories on August 25 and October 21. She beat Cousin Basil by 4 ¼ lengths in a $30,000 event in August, and then followed up for a 6 length win in an easy win over Light Up Night. Isabellaalexa opened up her career going 6th and 3rd. In the last race that she didn’t win, Isabellaalexa showed 3rd in a $33,000 event on November 3. After sliding down in class below the $30,000, she found it a lot easier and the wins followed. I’m on Isabellaalexa to hold off Hydra for the win.