This Weekend’s Horse Racing Best Bets

Diversity is the spice of life when it comes to betting on horses. Given the sheer number of racetracks running live daily cards, there is always something of interest to bet on.

As the 2020 racing season continues to wind down, there are still some major tracks on the board at your favorite online racebook.

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This weekend’s selection of featured races takes us north of the border to Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada for Friday’s top play. Del Mar Racetrack in Southern California offers an interesting graded-stakes race as Saturday’s headline event.

2020 Frost King Stakes Picks

Date: Friday, November 20th 2020

Track: Woodbine Racetrack

The Frost King is an ungraded stakes race open to two-year old Thoroughbreds. This 6½ furlong sprint will be contested on the synthetic turf track at Woodbine.

Every juvenile Thoroughbred racer turns three on Jan. 1, so these types of races are one last chance to end a two-year old campaign on a strong note. There are nine entries listed for Friday’s race with five carrying a Horse Racing Nation rating.

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The juvenile at the top of the list is trainer Robert Tiller’s Dragon’s Brew. He will break from the No. 8 post with Daisuke Fukumoto as his jockey. After three-straight finishes in the money at Woodbine, the son of Milwaukee Brew faded to seventh his last time out at an extended distance of 1 1/16 miles. He should return to form over the much shorter distance of this race.

You could add Avoman breaking from the No. 1 post and Blind Trust at No. 5 to the short list of top contenders to win.

2020 Native Diver Stakes Picks

Date: Saturday, November 21st 2020

Track: Del Mar Racetrack

The highlight of Del Mar’s Saturday card is the Grade 3 Native Diver. A small field of five have been listed as entered for this race. It is open to Thoroughbreds three and older. The race will be run on the dirt track at Del Mar covering a distance of 1 1/8 miles.

The horse at the top of this short list is Midcourt with a lofty HRN rating of 7.11. This five-year old gelding is trained by John Shirreffs. He will break from the No. 4 post with veteran jockey Victor Espinosa getting the call.

This experienced Thoroughbred is having an excellent season with five finishes in the money over six events. He placed third in this year’s Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 26 behind Improbable and Maximum Security. He was also third in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 22.

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The son of Midnight Lute comes into this race as the defending champion after winning the 2019 Native Diver over Extra Hope and Two Thirty Five in 1:48.36.

Standing in his way for the repeat victory is trainer Michael McCarthy’s Stellar Sound. Breaking from the No. 2 post, jockey Tyler Blaze will be on board. This three-year old filly was sired by Tapit.

She has been idle for most of the year after taking second at Santa Anita in this year’s Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 8. Rust should not be a factor in a wide open field.

The other three entries in this race are Combatant, Royal Ship and Extra Hope.

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A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

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.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.