Free Weekend Selections / Saturday / 11-30-2013

by Ed Meyer

posted on December 1, 2013 in Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, | No Comments >>

Thanksgiving is in the books, and it’s time to catch some big time races this weekend. With the bevy of quality racing, it’s hard to follow all of the races. But not to worry, as we are giving you something to chew on besides leftover turkey. So take a look, get some ideas, and be sure to download your E-Z Win Forms to make your day a winner!



The weather calls for 38 degrees and clear.


Race #8 – The (G-1) Cigar Mile Handicap – 1 Mile – 3:20 p.m. ET


#9 – Flat Out (6-1) = Junior Alvarado in the irons for Bill Mott. A three-time (G-1) winner who comes off an eighth place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He owns a sharp work at Payson Park, and Mott feels he should be effective at this distance.

Race #9 – The (G-2) Remsen Stakes – 1 1/8 – 3:49 p.m. ET


#4 – Honor Code (9-5) = Javier Castellano (29%) in the saddle for Shug McGaughey. A two-year-old son of A.P. Indy has been off for 56 days, and the barn rolls into the winner’s circle an 18% clip. A beaten chalk last out, and that is a player’s angle right back as Shug wins 19%. The rider has been white-hot riding 8/12 ITM the last week, and his dam Serena’s Cat is 100% with her babies at the races.


Churchill Downs

The weather calls for 52 degrees and clear.


Race #9 – The (G-2) Golden Rod – 1 1/16 – 4:35 p.m. ET

#10 – Stonetastic (7-2) = Corey Lanerie gets the nod from Kelly Breen. This two-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast makes her second start off the layoff, and the barn wins 25% with babies. Lanerie is winning 20% at CD, and her dam Special Me is 100% a winner with her two-year-old runners. She was heavily backed in New York last out, and exchanged some bumps down the lane. A cleaner trip today makes her a tough gal to face.

Race #11 – The (G-2) Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes – 1 1/16 – 5:35 p.m. ET 

#6 – Tapiture (6-1) = Ricardo Santana gets the ride from Steve Asmussen, and they are winning 17% the last month together. This son of Tapit makes his second start off the layoff, and is 2/2 ITM in Louisville. He was a beaten chalk last out, and the barn comes back to score at a 26% clip. Go back two races ago, and that was a very nice effort in the (G-3) Iroquois as a maiden.


 Hollywood Park

The weather is a perfect 75 degrees and clear.


Race #2 – The (G-3) Generous Stakes – 1 mile on turf – 4:00 p.m. ET

#6 – Pablo Del Monte (2-1) = Kent Desormeaux in the driver’s seat for Wesley Ward. This son of Giant’s Causeway is 2/2 lifetime, and has been on the shelf since Keeneland. Makes the poly to turf switch, and the barn wins 18% on this move. Ward is a very talented trainer with two-year-olds winning 21%. The barn does well with layoffs winning 22%, and may be tough to handle with a good turn of foot.

Race #4 – The (G-3) Miesque Stakes – 1 mile on turf – 5:00 p.m. ET

#4 – Love in the Desert (6-1) = Corey Nakatani gets the mount for Simon Callaghan. This daughter of Lemon Drop Kid gets first Lasix, and faced the boys last out. The medication addition lends to 29% winners, and gets added distance to run. Add all this up, and we have a player who enters in at a square price.


It is time to start thinking about next year. Oh yeah, you heard it correctly as we are getting a good glimpse of the runners for 2014. Winning Ponies has been on-fire this year winning $9,747,649 with the E-Z Win Forms. Use the runners above to get you thinking about the quality racing, and focus on the tier levels. They are color coded, easy-to-read, and can give you an instant picture of how the race shapes up. There are Last Race Ratings, Composite Ratings, and Turf Class Ratings. All of these will show you how each runner has been doing, and where they stack up against the competition. Add in the handy comment icons to flag where they heading today. If the weather gets dicey, all you have to do is “click” the change of weather tab and get a brand new set of E-Z Win Forms. Enjoy this great day of racing, and best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies.