Things To Be Thankful For

by Ed Meyer

posted on November 26, 2008 in Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping | No Comments >>

These next couple of days have us gathering with family and friends, and remembering what we are thankful for. I have a few other things to add to your list, and you guessed it. They all start at

On Friday, there will be some top-notch racing taking place. I begin with the G-2 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. There are a couple of sweet plays to pay heed.

In the 1 1/8th event, Commentator looks to be the controlling speed, and even money is starting to look pretty good. Nick Zito and Johnny V team up, and he is 1/1 under the Twin Spires. The Distorted Humor gelding is 5/5 ITM this year, and this heat looks to fit him well. Been off since the Mass Cap, where he commanded by a smoking 14 lengths. The drop into G-2 action should fit his whistle well on this day.

If you are not satisfied with the price, there may be an upset runner. Take a gander at #3 Einstein. He is 2/2 ITM at Churchill, and makes the turf to dirt move. Trainer Helen Pitts wins 25% on this angle, and the layoff since August may have freshened up this son of Spend A Buck. He shot a bullet work on November 23rd, and that was this past Sunday. He is locked and loaded, and is prime to upset the apple cart.

If you are a West coast player, there are some nice races as well. In the 6th, the G-3 Miesque, I find a couple of standouts as well. Emmy Darling looks to be tuning nicely. She exits a solid effort against Goldikova on Breeders’ Cup Day. Bejarano and John Sadler team up together. They have won 40% over the last 60 days. She has faced some very tough gals, she looks good, and should give an honest account of herself.

The spoiler could be Habaya. Richard Migliore in the irons, and Kiaran McLaughlin come to the paddock together. She ran second against Laragh at Keeneland. Nice closer, who could come rolling down the lane late in the game.

I would advise you to dial-up to maximize your weekend. Happy Turkey Day to you and yours, and hopefully you will have a few more things to be thankful.