We have more horse racing on the track Saturday across the US. This is another big card, with 11 race tracks available for betting at BetOnline. There are at least 19 stakes races on the agenda today. There is only one Grade 1 event, so it isn’t the biggest of days monetary wise, but if you like betting stakes races, there is a fair share to handicap on Saturday.
With seven tracks stakes racing, you can find them just about anywhere today. The running of the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (Gr. 1) at Del Mar is the biggest event of the bunch. We had a profitable day at Aqueduct and Charles Town on Friday. Hopefully we make it another winning day for this card.
We’ll begin the afternoon at Laurel Park in Maryland. Laurel Park has the most stakes races on offer on Saturday. There are six stakes races expected to be run at Laurel Park today. Each of them will come with a $100,000 purse. There are a total of nine races for $670,000 in prize money on the docket in Maryland. Head below for our free Laurel Park picks for November 28, 2020.
Race 3 – Primonetta Stakes
Post Time: 1:23 p.m. EST
Race 3 will be our first stop at Laurel Park on Saturday. The Primonetta Stakes will feature 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt for a purse of $100,000. Ten horses are expected to participate. Never Enough Time from the inside rail, and Alisio from the far outside of the gate are horses I’m circling in this event. Never Enough Time is 5 for 10 and has been in terrific form recently.
She has finished in the top-3 in five straight performances, and in four of those outings, Never Enough Time finished in the top-2, three of which were wins. In Never Enough Time’s most recent win, she beat Bronx Beauty by ¾ lengths for a $100,000 purse. Never Enough Time was able to maintain a nice pace to get that win. He didn’t do as well in her most recent outing on November 21.
Never Enough Time showed 3rd in the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes. It was a wide open race, but Never Enough Time was well behind by 8 lengths. Expect her to have an opportunity for a win here, though will likely find strong opposition from Alisio. Alisio is 3 for 8 in her career, and searching for a hat-trick on Saturday.
That said, Alisio is coming off a lengthy layoff, having been on the sidelines since December 30, 2019. She was a winner in that race over Posse Needed by 13 ¼ lengths in a blowout. Prior to that win, Alisio won by 3 lengths over Kept True. She completed a couple of recent workouts with times of 50.26 and 50.21 furlongs at 4 furlongs. This is a good horse, but I would rather take my chances on Never Enough Time from the inside at a better price.
Race 4 – Concern Stakes
Post Time: 1:53 p.m. EST
Race 4 is the running of the $100,000 Concern Stakes, which covers 7 furlongs on the dirt. Ten horses are expected to participate, with Dreams Untold and Francatelli solid options to earn the top prize in this race. Dreams Untold will open from the outside. He has finished in the top-3 in six of eight races in his career. That includes three wins, most recently on October 21 in his last performance.
He beat Semi Excited by 1 ¾ lengths in that $41,000 performance. That was a solid win, though Dreams Untold has gone winless in two stakes races. Dreams Untold finished 5th in the Miracle Wood Stakes (Black Type) on February 15. More recently, he was 5th in the Chick Lang Stakes (Gr. 3) on October 1 at Pimlico. This is another race up in class for him, so we’ll see if he handles this stakes race much better.
Francatelli is a winner in 4 of 7 races in his career. He has finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 5th, 1st in his previous five outings. One of those wins was in stakes races. In the $100,000 King Corrie Stakes on September 12 Woodbine, Francatelli beat Lontano by 4 ¼ lengths in a comfortable win at Woodbine. Francatelli defeated Taco Supream by 1 ¾ lengths in a $51,371 assignment on October 30. This horse knows how to win, and I feel comfortable backing him in the Concern Stakes on Saturday.
Race 8 – Richard W. Small Stakes
Post Time: 3:53 p.m. EST
Distance:</strong1 1/16 Miles
The Richard W. Small Stakes is our final selection at Laurel Park on Saturday. Bal Harbour and Harpers First Ride are likely going to be in strong contention to get the win in this event. Bal Harbour is 5 for 23 in his career, and has been showing some serious consistency recently.
Note that Bal Harbour has shown 3rd in four straight Grade 3 events. Bal Harbour has raced in 11 straight graded events and has done well. He has finished in the top-3 in nine of those outings, though no wins. His last win was on November 23, 2018 in the $150,000 Gio Ponti Stakes.
With only three horses entering that race, there wasn’t much competition to speak of. Bal Harbour showed 3rd in his most recent performance on October 10 in the $157,500 Monmouth Stakes (Gr. 3). In all likelihood, Bal Harbour will run close in this race.
Harpers First Ride is 8 for 15 in his career and is hot recently. He has been in the top-3 in eight of his previous nine outings, which includes seven finishes in the top-2 and five wins. In his most recent win, Harpers First Ride beat Owendale in the $250,000 Pimlico Special Stakes (Gr. 3) by 2 lengths on October 2.
He was unable to follow up in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Stakes (Black Type) on October 24, but it was a good run regardless. Harpers First Ride placed 2nd behind Monday Morning Qb by 3 ¼ lengths after failing to engage enough in the stretch. I like his chances on Saturday against this competition, though. Harpers First Ride looks like a good bet in the Richard W. Small Stakes.