Del Mar Horse Racing Picks for Saturday, November 28, 2020

Jimmy Durante Stakes - Race 5 at Del Mar - Post Time 5:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Pacific) Javanica gets top billing in this mile turf stakes for two year olds. Stretching out to two turns on turf for her second career start in mid-September, Javanica put in a strong effort to rally from fifth and win. Moving to the all-weather at Woodbine for her next start, the filly cut back to one turn (seven furlongs) and was no match for the heavy favorite which won by four lengths but she still rallied nicely from last to second. Moving [...]

By |2020-11-27T08:55:21-05:00November 27, 2020|Ellis Starr's Blog|

The 2020 Hollywood Derby

The Kentucky Derby was run in September so why not have the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar? We surely couldn’t run it at Hollywood Park unless we wanted it run on a football stadium. The race came up strong this year and looks like a true Grade 1 affair. We’ve got East Coast, West Coast, and even Kentucky in there. No European invaders came but we do have a Breeders’ Cup winner in the field. I’ll run down the field and try and nail the winner! Kanderel comes from a barn I have enormous respect [...]

By |2020-11-27T08:05:36-05:00November 27, 2020|Jon Stettin's Blog|

Aqueduct & Woodbine Horse Racing Picks for Saturday, November 21, 2020

Red Smith Stakes - Race 9 at Aqueduct - Post Time 3:45 PM Eastern Ziyad, who almost won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud in June when well regarded at 4/1, was making his second ever start in North America last month in the Sycamore Stakes and was moving late when the wire came up, ending up beaten a head for second at 7 to 2. He’s not stepping up in class as that too was a grade three race and the distance is no concern as that was a mile and one-half, [...]

By |2020-11-20T08:13:13-05:00November 20, 2020|Ellis Starr's Blog|

Can we get this right?

Timing is everything is something I often say. The Breeders' Cup Classic is obviously a major event in the Sport of Kings. I'd say it is second in stature to only the Kentucky Derby but garners a fair share of excitement, fans, and of course, handle. We have year to year to prepare for its running. There should be no excuses not to get it right. There is nobody I know in the game who pays more and better attention to timing races than Craig Milkowski of Timeform US. If not for his dedication and [...]

By |2020-11-19T12:44:20-05:00November 19, 2020|Jon Stettin's Blog|

When is Too Slow Not Too Slow?

There has been a lot of talk about the morning line, undefeated favorite, Princess Noor, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Much of it is that she appears to be “too slow” on the sheets and Thoro-Graph. Now I think she is vulnerable and not my selection in the race. However, it is not because I feel she’s too slow as many sheet players are voicing. Princess Noor has won all her races, albeit only three of them rather easily by open lengths. She’s run a 10, a 7, and another 10 on Thror-Graph. To [...]

By |2020-11-11T15:02:26-05:00November 11, 2020|Jon Stettin's Blog|
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