Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, November 5, 2021

| November 4, 2021 1:17 pm PDT

Friday marks the first of two days of Breeders’ Cup Championship Series races at Del Mar in sunny southern California. The nine stakes’ races on Friday’s ten-race card offer a total of $7.7 million in purses.

And while some of the races may have the winners already etched in stone (at least, according to the morning-line’s odds), there are plenty of contests that will be edge-of-the-seaters.

If you’re a wagering sort of person, you’ll want to watch the races with an eye on the oddsmakers’ latest evaluations.

Good luck!

Race Two – Qatar Golden Mile Stakes

The Qatar Golden Mile Stakes is a $150,00 purse, one-mile race on the turf course for two-year-olds. I like the 8/1 sleeper, Nobals, ridden by E.T. Baird.

This gelding is the standout in this ten-horse field, finishing in the money for three of his four career starts, winning two, including his initial maiden run at Presque Isle Downs and the Arlington-Washington Futurity (Listed) at Arlington International Racecourse.

He also finished second in the Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) at Presque Isle last month.

Longtime racing veteran Larry Rivelli trains Nobals for Patricia’s Hope LLC.

Race Three – Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes

The Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes Presented by PNC is a $175,000 purse, seven-furlong race on the main track for two-year-old California-bred or sired-fillies.

I’m backing the 4/1 second-favored entry here — At the Spa, with Tyler Baze in the irons.

Her career record stands thus far at three money finishes in four starts, with three wins: Her maiden at Santa Anita in May, the Fasig-Tipton Debutante Stakes (Black Type) in June (also at Santa Anita), and the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes (Black Type) at Del Mar in August.

Her single miss was an eighth-place finish in the TVG Del Mar Debutante Stakes (Grade I) in September. Recent workouts give no indication she is anything but ready, willing, and able for this race.

Jorge Periban trains At the Spa for owners Tom Beckerle, Saul Carrillo, and Terry C. Lovingier. Tyler Baze was also Periban’s choice to saddle At the Spa for all three of her wins.

Race Four – Senator Ken Maddy Stakes

The Senator Ken Maddy Stakes is a $200,000 purse, five-furlong race on the turf course for fillies and mares two years old and upward.

I’m going to agree with the morning-line on this race and bet on the 3/1 favorite, Superstition, with Flavien Prat aboard.

It took Superstition a few maiden attempts to get the hang of it, but since then, she’s been quite skilled at getting to the wire faster than most.

Her record is nine money finishes in eleven career starts, with four wins, including the Wishing Well Stakes (Black Type) at Santa Anita in February and the Daisycutter Handicap (Black Type) at Del Mar in July.

In between those two stakes wins , she ran second in the Mizdirection Stakes (Listed) at Santa Anita in March and third in the Monrovia Stakes (Grade II) at Santa Anita in June. She’ll do.

Hall of Famer Richard E. Mandella trains Superstition for owners Perry R. Bass II and Ramona S. Bass.

Race Five – Golden State Juvenile Stakes

The Golden State Juvenile Stakes is a $175,000 purse, seven-furlong race on the main track for California-bred or sired two-year-olds.

I’m buying a win ticket on the 4/1 second-favored Finneus, piloted by Joel Rosario.

This colt moneyed four of his five career starts, winning one. He also finished second in both the Best Pal Stakes (Grade II) and the Del Mar Futurity (Grade I) at Del Mar this past August and September, respectively.

Walther Solis trains Finneus for owners Naseer Mohammed Fasihuddin, Terry C. Lovingier, and Amanda Navarro.

Race Six – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Grade II)

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint is a $1,000,000 purse, five-furlong grass run for two-year-olds. I’m backing the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Averly Jane, with Tyler Gaffalione in the irons.

This filly was victorious in her initial maiden attempt at Keeneland in April, then she won the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) at Churchill Downs a couple of weeks later.

She followed that up with a victory in the Skidmore Stakes (Black Type) at Saratoga in August and another in the Indian Summer Stakes (Listed) at Keeneland last month.

The tl;dr version: She’s won all four of her career starts.

Longtime Breeders’ Cup veteran Wesley A. Ward trains Averly Lane for Hat Creek Racing.

Race Seven – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I)

The NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is a $2,000,000 purse, 1-1/16 miles stakes race on the main track for two-year-old fillies.

As much as I like to crow about an underdog, I occasionally must acknowledge the obvious, so I’m betting all two of my dollars on the 4/5 morning-line favorite here, Echo Zulu, piloted by Joel Rosario.

This filly won all three of her career starts, beginning with her maiden in July at Saratoga, then on to the winner’s circles in both the Spinaway Stakes (Grade I) at Saratoga in September and the Frizette Stakes (Grade I) at Belmont Park last month.

As Yoda would say: “All that she is, and a bag of chips.”

Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen trains Echo Zulu for owners L and N Racing LLC and Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC.

Race Eight – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade I)

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf is a $1,000,000 purse, one-mile stakes race for two-year-old fillies. I’m calling this one for the second-favored (at 6/1) Koala Princess, ridden by Joel Rosario.

This filly finished in the won both of her career starts, including her maiden at Monmouth Park in August and the Ainsworth Stakes (Black Type) at Kentucky Downs in September.

In this 14-horse race (complete with two 6/1 underdogs and four 8/1, um, uber-underdogs), she’ll do.

Highly ranked among his peers for the past six years in wins, earnings, or both, Arnaud Delacour trains Koala Princess for owners Runnymede Farm, Inc., Peter J. Callahan, Chris Zinkhan, and John C. Oxley.

Race Nine – TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I)

The TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a $2,000,000 purse, 1-1/16 miles stakes race on the main track for two-year-old colts and geldings.

I’m backing the 8/1 (fourth-favored) Pinehurst, with John R. Velazquez aboard.

This colt won both of his career starts, including his maiden at Del Mar in August, followed by the Del Mar Futurity (Grade I) in September.

Hall of Famer and multiple Eclipse Award winner, Bob Baffert, trains Pinehurst for owners Golconda Stable, Madaket Stables LLC, SF Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC, Starlight Racing, Stonestreet Stables, LLC, Waves Edge Capital LLC, Catherine Donovan, Robert E. Masterson, and Jay A. Schoenfarber.

Race Ten – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade I)

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf is a $1,00,000 purse, one-mile stakes race on grass for two-year-old colts and geldings.

Lots of European imports in this race, and I like the one from Great Britain: The third-favored (at 6/1) Albahr, ridden by Lanfranco Dettori.

This gelding moneyed all five of his career starts, winning four — including two novice matches, the Stonehenge Stakes in August at Salisbury Racecourse in Wilshire, England, and the Summer Stakes (Grade I) in September at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Even in this 14-horse field, he’s a standout.

One of the UK’s top thoroughbred trainers, Charles Appleby trains Albahr for owner-breeder Godolphin. Incidentally, Lanfranco Detorri already has 14 Breeders’ Cup wins on his card.

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