Thanksgiving Horse Betting at Churchill Downs

The extended Thanksgiving Holiday weekend offers a great opportunity to bet on some quality graded stakes races at track all across the country. From Del Mar in Southern California to Aqueduct in New York, there are 15 major graded events to choose from.

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The biggest spotlight shines on Churchill Downs in Louisville. The featured event on Friday’s live card is the Clark Stakes with the Kentucky Jockey Club taking top honors on Saturday.

2020 Clark Stakes Preview and Predictions

Date: Friday, November 27th 2020

The Clark is a Grade 1 event open to Thoroughbreds three and older. The race will be contested on the dirt track at Churchill covering 1 1/8 miles in total distance.

An impressive field has been assembled for this year’s race. There are 15 horse listed as entered with more than a few familiar names on that list. Many of the sport’s top trainers will be represented with hopes that their horse can best the field.

Each entry carries a Horse Racing Nation rating as another testament to the depth of talent in this extended field. At the top of my list would be trainer Shug McGaughey’s Code of Honor.

The four-year old Kentucky-bred colt will break from the No. 3 post with John Velazquez as his jockey.

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The son of Noble Mission took second in this year’s Grade 2 Kelso Handicap his last time out at Belmont Park on Oct. 3. In four previous races this season, he has placed in the money three times. This includes a victory at Belmont in the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes on June 6.

You could also add Mr. Freeze to the list of my top contenders for Friday’s race. Trained by Dale Romans, this five-year old horse will break from the favorable No. 7 post with jockey David Cohen on board.

He is coming off a fade to sixth in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland. However, his biggest success has come at longer distances. He won the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 10 covering the 1 1/8 miles on dirt in 1:50.71.

Two other horses to watch on Friday in the Clark are By My Standards and Owendale.

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2020 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Predictions

Date: Saturday, November 28th 2020

This is one of the last big stakes races for two-year old Thoroughbreds this year. The Grade 2 event will be run on the dirt at Churchill over a total distance of 1 1/16 miles.

A smaller field of six is expected for Saturday’s featured event. This should still be a deep field with each of those probable entries achieving a level of success in their early racing career.

Trainer Brad Cox is expected to run both Swill and Inspector Frost in this race. Each juvenile is coming off a recent victory in a Maiden Special Weight race.

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King Fury went up against the toughest competition in this year’s two-year old class and finished seventh in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The son of Curlin is definitely one to watch if he runs in this race. He is trained by Ken McPeek.

Another high-profile trainer with a pair of probable entries on the board is Steve Asmussen. He is expected to go with Super Stock and Scarred. Each colt finished in the money their last time out.

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It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

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