A Few Good Races Remain

Alas, the Breeders’ Cup has come and gone, but there are still a few meaningful Stakes races left to run in 2019.

With that in mind, here are four races you won’t want to miss finishing off the calendar year:

The Clark (G1): November 29th.  1 1/8 miles, for 3-years old and up at Churchill Downs.

One of the two races where MAXIMUM SECURITY might run next, The Clark isn’t known for pushing its Winners to year-end awards.  But it has jump-started a number of great campaigns the following season.

Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) November 30th.  1 1/16 miles, for 2-years old at Churchill Downs.

Recent winners of the Kentucky Jockey Club include McCRAKEN, TAPITURE, and GEMOLOGIST.  All three are currently standing at stud, so consider this race a big steppingstone to next year’s Kentucky Derby.

The Remsen (G2) December 7th.  1 1/8 miles, for 2-years old at Aqueduct Park.

Since the advent of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile the best freshman colts and geldings have opted to run a shorter distance for a bigger prize, rather than show up at Aqueduct in early December.

This has had a profound negative effect on The Remsen in recent years.  Between 1959 and 1994, five eventual Kentucky Derby Winners ended their freshman seasons Winning this  route.  The most recent being; PLEASANT COLONY, GO FOR GIN, and THUNDER GULCH.  But this years contest should feature some notable talent that missed out on the Breeders’ Cup. 

The Cigar Mile (G2) December  7th.  1 mile, for 3-years old and up at Aqueduct Park.

The Cigar Mile is another possible landing spot for MAXIMUM SECURITY.  Not only is it a shorter spot than The Clark, but it runs around one turn.

The Cigar Mile shows a list of recent Winners fit for this configuration.  Some are sprinters stretching out a bit, and others routers shortening up for one of the year’s final top races.

Last year’s Cigar Mile runner-up, TRUE TIMBER, and the Todd Pletcher-trained Graded Winner PRINCE LUCKY are among the other possible runners here.

Rest Assured the Daily Racing Blog will preview and handicap these contests in the weeks ahead.

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