Three graded stakes races happen this week. Churchill Downs runs the Grade 3 Chilukki Stakes, Aqueduct runs the Grade 2 Red Smith over turf, and Del Mar showcases older thoroughbreds in the Grade 3 Native Diver. On Sunday, Aqueduct runs a couple of 2-year-old non-graded stakes while Del Mar runs the non-graded Cary Grant.
Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, Nov. 20th to Sunday, Nov. 21st. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds & Picks November 15th Edition
Top Stakes Races for the Week
- When: Saturday, Nov. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 21
Churchill Downs – Saturday, Nov. 20
- Grade 3 Chilukki Stakes – 1 mile dirt – $300,000
Connections for just 4 equines have said they will run in the Chilukki Stakes. Without a doubt, Brad Cox trained Matera should offer the lowest odds. Matera had won 4 straight before finishing fourth behind Shedaresthedevil, Crystal Ball, and Envoutante in the Grade 3 Locust Grove in her last. Chris Block trained She Can’t Sing, Princess Causeway from the Ian Wilkes barn, and Pass the Plate will also run.
Aqueduct Racetrack – Saturday, Nov. 20
- Grade 2 Red Smith Stakes – 1 3/8 miles on the turf – $200,000
9 runners are likely to break from the gate in Aqueduct’s Saturday feature, the Grade 2 Red Smith. Among the runners are well-known New York based grass stars Channel Cat, Value Engineering, and Tide of the Sea. Serve The King, from the Chad Brown barn, finished second in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in his last. The Kingman sired runner is likely to go off the chalk.
Del Mar Racetrack – Saturday, Nov. 20
- Grade 3 Native Diver Stakes – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $100,000
Up to 11 runners may try for a share of the Native Diver’s $100,000 purse. Bob Baffert trains 4 of the 11 likely runners. Baffert’s best shot might be fourth-place BC Dirt Mile equine Eight Rings. John Shirreffs puts the saddle on a couple, including possible favorite Midcourt. Don’t accept low odds on any horse. Make sure to do your homework before deciding on a winner.
Aqueduct Racetrack – Sunday, Nov. 21
- Key Cents Stakes – 6 furlongs dirt – $100,000
Vacay beat Rossa Veloce and Party at Page’s in last year’s Key Cents Stakes. Past winners include Big Q, Sassy Agnes, and I Still Miss You. Because this is a 2-year-old filly race, we can expect Todd Pletcher to enter at least one contender.
- Notebook Stakes – 6 furlongs dirt – $100,000
The Notebook Stakes is Aqueduct’s 2-year-old race for colts. In 2020, Rudy Rodriguez trained Eagle Orb beat Blue Gator and Market Alert. Rodriguez also won the 2019 running with Dream Bigger. Check back later this week to see if Rudy has entered a contender for the 2021 Notebook Stakes.
Del Mar Racetrack – Sunday, Nov. 21
- Cary Grant Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $100,000
There’s a chance 11 runners enter the starting gate for the Cary Grant Stakes. One of the most popular non-graded events during Del Mar’s fall meet, the Cary Grant Stakes often produces a big mutuel winner. This year, Peter Miller trained None Above the Law could bounce back from a terrible performance in the Grade 2 Twilight Derby to win this. Don’t back None Above the Law without handicapping the race, though. The field for the Cary Grant should be deep.