UNLEASH YOUR INNER TURKEY today. First post time 11:15 a.m.
“A $50-$100 winner every week”
TAMPA BAY BEGINS TODAY; GOBBLE UP THOSE LONGSHOTS, SAYS JOHN:
Tampa Bay Downs, a favourite of ASD players, launches its fall/winter meet today at 11:35 a.m. Tampa and Fair Grounds, which begins its meet tomorrow, are two favourite tracks of John Whitehill
, a retired bricklayer who has won multiple handicapping tournaments and represented ASD in Las Vegas in the Horse Player World Series where his partner, Bonnie Simmonds
, finished a vaunted seventh several years ago.
Why does John like Tampa and Fair Grounds so much? “Because of the longshots,”
he told The Insider.“There’s a $50 to $100 winner every week.”
Tampa is also the track of choice for Saturday’s “I won bigger” betting group play.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER TURKEY tomorrow (Thanksgiving). First post time 10:25 a.m.
BEST BETS FROM KIRT, MARSHALL AND STRETCH:
What are their best plays tomorrow?
What do ASD’s super handicappers like best in tomorrow’s Thanksgiving race cards?
- Kirt’s pick: CHURCHILL RACE 5 -- #12 Right Trappe (10-1) “Filly is making only her second lifetime start. Ran a huge second while stalking the pace and was forced to alter course down the lane to pass eventual third-place finisher Polished Gem. Polished Gem came back to win very impressively by four. An extra two furlongs shouldn’t be a problem the way Right Trappe finished in debut.”
- Marshall’s pick: DEL MAR RACE 3 -- #4 Julius (5-2) “This dropping speed horse should make the lead but could stalk. Brought back to Del Mar by 29 per cent trainer Peter Miller. This 5-year-old gelding has won three of five races over this surface. Add to that the Miller/jockey Joel Rosario win rate of 24 per cent, two bullet workouts and back class and you have a horse that should be ready to roll.”
- Stretch’s pick: DEL MAR RACE 4 -- #4 Applecross (7-2) “Trainer drops this filly to where she belongs after a trip in which she got shuffled to last on the far turn, only to make a sneaky late run with a solid gallop-out. Watch the replay. The layoff doesn't bother me because she has a nice steady work pattern leading up to a top effort.”
MY VIEW: All of their logic makes good sense so I’ll call on the luck of a turkey wishbone and bet $30 to win on all three of them.
NOTE EARLY POST TIMES TOMORROW:
Fair Grounds meet begins
Rideau Carleton (H)
. Flamboro (H)
Charles Town and Mohawk (H)
FOUR-DAY TURF FESTIVAL BEGINS AT DEL MAR
with the Red Carpet Stakes that Manitoba’s Escape Clause
entered two years ago. (Remember?) She was dubbed “the darling of Del Mar.”
WHAT ARE TRAVYFOOTBALL’S NFL PICKS FOR TOMORROW’S GAMES?
Lions over Texans
The Lions are one of the traditional teams that play on U.S. Thanksgiving Day every year (Dallas being the other one). They didn’t look particularly good against the Panthers last week but they were also missing their top receiver Kenny Golladay
. They will be back at home for this game where they play much better.
Washington over Cowboys
(3:30 p.m.): The Cowboys played their best game of the season last week. They went toe to toe with a Vikings team that had been scoring a lot of points lately. But, whenever two NFC East teams play each other, all bets are off because all the teams are equally bad. Alex Smith
got his first victory in two years over the Bengals on Sunday and I think he will make it two in a row.
Steelers over Ravens
(7:20 p.m.): Still the only undefeated team, Pittsburgh will stay that way when the Ravens come to town. Canadian rookie receiver Chase Claypool
is one of only four players in NFL history to score 10 touchdowns in his first 10 games. Baltimore is coming off an overtime loss to the Titans. What’s been to blame? Their injuries or have opposing teams just figured them out? They’ve looked sluggish and their running game is almost non-existent.
LAST WEEK’S PICKS (2-1):
Not only did the Bengals lose the game, but they also lost their franchise QB Joe Burrow
for the rest of the season (and possibly next season as well) to a torn ACL....The Panthers started former XFL QB Phillip Walker
and rolled right over the Lions....And what turned out to be quite an entertaining game, the Dallas Cowboys held on to get the win over the Vikings.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER TURKEY Friday. First post time 10:50 a.m.
YOUR MUST-WATCH RACE FRIDAY
Canada's Say the Word winning the Northern Dancer; how will he do in Hollywood Turf Club? (Michael Burns photo)
is the Grade 1 $500K Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs, the marquee event of Churchill’s fall meet. It’s one of the oldest stakes in North America, having originated in 1875, the year Churchill opened. Code of Honor
, winner of last year’s Travers Stakes, and By My Standards
who raced in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, are among the main contenders in a full field.
DEL MAR TURF FESTIVAL FEATURES HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP:
Canada’s Say the Word
, winner of the Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine is among the contenders in this 1 ½-mile Grade 2 stakes at Del Mar that also is likely to include Arklow
and Red King
who raced in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER TURKEY Saturday. First post time 10:50 a.m.
It’s a big day Saturday featuring the second-last Player’s Choice handicapping tournament of the year, a Kentucky Derby prep race, the third day of the four-day Turf Festival at Del Mar and a handful of other noteworthy stakes.
Jones vs Jones
One point separates two Joneses for the prestigious Handicapper of the Year title
Roger Jones leads Trevor Tilston-Jones by one point
While about 60 of you will be seeking to gobble up a share of the $1,750 in prize money in the Player’s Choice handicapping tournament Saturday, greater drama will be playing out for the prestigious title of Handicapper of the Year.
At the top of the leader board with only one point separating them are two Joneses: transit driver Roger Jones
and retired salesman Trevor Tilston-Jones
. Roger is one point ahead. Meanwhile, a handful of you undoubtedly are plotting a way to pass both of them with major efforts in this Saturday’s tournament and the final tourney next month.
Good luck. See leader board here
. Be sure to sign up for this tournament by 5 p.m. Friday by calling the mutuel desk at 204-885-3330 ext. 225
KENTUCKY DERBY PREP RACE AT CHURCHILL:
Adding even more excitement to a super Saturday will be the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby prep race, the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes
at Churchill that was inaugurated in 1920. The top four finishers among the 2-year-olds will gain qualifying points to enter the Derby.
TURF FESTIVAL WILL CONTINUE AT DEL MAR
with three top events: the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, the Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap for older turf horses and the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante for 2-year-old fillies.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY STAKES:
The Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship at Aqueduct, the Delta Mile at Delta Downs and the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill for 2-year-old fillies
“I WON BIGGER” GROUP TACKLES TAMPA BAY:
With Woodbine racing initially cancelled because of COVID restrictions--but now in the process of possibly being revived--Saturday’s online “I won bigger” betting group will tackle Tampa Bay Downs, a track it generally has had good results playing. Major play will centre on the late pick-5. For $20 shares and programs (Manitoba players) contact Sheri
UNLEASH YOUR INNER TURKEY Sunday. First post time 11:20 a.m.
Del Mar's four-day Turf Festival--and its fall race meet--comes to a thrilling end with the $300K Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes for top mares and the Cecil B. De Mille Stakes for 2-year-olds. Build your pick-4s, pick 5s and mandatory-pick 6s
around these must-watch races. First post 2:30 p.m.