Race Recaps: Analyzing the Clark, Honoring Pink Lloyd, and More

Thanksgiving weekend gave up a full slate of racing from across the country. On today’s episode, I break down the races at Aqueduct, Churchill Downs, and Del Mar. The Big A produced some surprising winners on the Friday after Thanksgiving, most notably Bees and Honey in the Grade III Comely Stakes where she was able to sit behind a glacial pace and then made a move to easily pull away from the field. Meanwhile, a few hours later, Maxfield entered retirement a winner as he closed out a tremendous career with a win at the Grade I Clark at Churchill Downs. However, his performance wasn’t the only one talked about as many were disappointed by the finish of Midnight Bourbon who finished third down the stretch. I spend some time talking about what Midnight Bourbon needs to do to reverse his recent trend of coming up short and whether that’s simply who the horse is at this point in his career. Then we go out west to Del Mar for a huge Saturday that featured some upsets in the Grade I Hollywood Derby and while there is some back-patting of myself for identifying Beyond Brilliant and Santin as the best long shots prior them finishing 1-2 in the race, I also spend time talking about what we learned from all three graded stakes races at Del Mar that day.

On the business side of things, I cover some other news in horse racing including Gun Runner surpassing Uncle Mo and Tapit on an impressive, and expensive, list. I also talk about the upsets that took place at Laurel Park in Maryland over the Thanksgiving weekend. Finally, I honor a great sprinter who finished out his career with a win—Pink Lloyd who capped off a truly special career by winning the Grade II Kennedy Cup at Woodbine.

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