Handicapping & Race Analysis

YESTERDAY November 20, 2017
Speed horses are known for being more effective on dirt than turf. But one just wouldn't get that impression in looking at the form of Shining Copper, the morning-line favorite for Thursday's Grade 3, $100,000 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs.
Untrapped will bring the best kind of company line into the $200,000 Zia Park Derby on Wednesday.
Stallwalkin' Dude, narrowly beaten when second as the 4-5 favorite in last year's Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap, will look to improve on that finish in Thursday's 104th renewal of the traditional Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct.
New Orleans native son Al Stall Jr. won the Thanksgiving Handicap for the first time in 2016, and he can win it for the second time Thursday.
Trainer Larry Jones is back to Zia on Wednesday with Proud and Fearless, who could go favored in the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies that tops a $1.2 million program.
The turf season may be winding down in these parts, but the careers of Shahroze and Not in Charge may just be revving up. These two 3-year-old geldings are the main protagonists in a first-level allowance/optional $25,000 claimer at 1 3/16 miles over ...
Penn National will usher in the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday evening with the premier race of its fall season, the $200,000 Fabulous Strike, a six-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds and up.
The $100,000 Swatara Stakes, which leads into the $200,000 Fabulous Strike at Penn National on Wednesday evening, will match eight grizzled veterans and is not an easy nut to crack.
The 20th year of Churchill Downs offering parimutuel futures on the Kentucky Derby starts Thursday when the first of four pools toward the 2018 Derby opens at noon Eastern.