Anne M. Eberhardt

Weekend Stakes Rundown: Pre-Thanksgiving Lull

There's only one graded stakes Saturday, but other races feature horses of interest.

Each week looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week there’s only one graded stakes on the schedule, but there are still several horses of interest involved in other races. Races are listed in chronological order (all times Eastern).

Saturday, Nov. 18

2:55 p.m.—$80,000 Bet on Sunshine Stakes at Churchill Downs

Katherine Ball's homebred Limousine Liberal is the commanding favorite on a significant drop in class from the graded level. The Successful Appeal  gelding has placed in his last two starts—the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G2) and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1). Prior to those placings, Limousine Liberal won three straight stakes in Louisville—the Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by (G2), the Aristides Stakes (G3), and the Kelly's Landing Overnight Stakes.

Entries: Bet on Sunshine S.

Churchill Downs, Saturday, November 18, 2017, Race 5

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $80,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 2:55 PM (local)
11Le Ken (ARG)Ricardo Santana, Jr.120Ignacio Correas, IV5/1
22The Truth Or Else (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado120Kenneth G. McPeek5/1
33Sir Navigator (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.120McLean Robertson20/1
44Pinson (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateC.J. McMahon120Randy L. Morse20/1
55Storm Advisory (PA)Alex L. Canchari120Robertino Diodoro8/1
66Warrior's Club (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChris Landeros120D. Wayne Lukas12/1
77Uncontested (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChanning Hill118Wayne M. Catalano8/1
88Limousine Liberal (KY)Corey J. Lanerie124Ben Colebrook4/5

3:47 p.m.—$150,000 Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

Last-out Knickerbocker Stakes (G2T) winner Blacktype will look to secure his third straight victory on the turf in New York. In last year's Artie Schiller the Dunkerque gelding closed from last to just miss catching winner Macagone.

Entries: Artie Schiller S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Saturday, November 18, 2017, Race 8

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 3:47 PM (local)
11Night Prowler (KY)Javier Castellano118Chad C. Brown5/1
22Fire Away (KY)John R. Velazquez118Claude R. McGaughey III8/1
33Hollywood Hideaway (KY)Luis Saez118Barbara J. Minshall10/1
44Wolf Rock (KY)Nik Juarez118Kelly Rubley20/1
55Blacktype (FR)Joel Rosario124Christophe Clement3/1
66A Lot (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJunior Alvarado118Chad C. Brown6/1
77Marengo Road (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKendrick Carmouche118Michael J. Trombetta20/1
88Converge (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDylan Davis124Naipaul Chatterpaul30/1
99Delta Prince (KY)Jose L. Ortiz120James A. Jerkens5/2
1010Monster Bea (KY)Joe Bravo118Mark E. Casse15/1
1111Tizzarunner (MD)Manuel Franco120Michael J. Maker15/1
1212Kantune (FL)Rider TBA119Mark E. Casse4/1

4:38 p.m.—$125,000 Frost King Stakes at Woodbine

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet began his career with two impressive victories, but has missed in his last two starts at odds-on. The 2-year-old Silent Name  gelding won his debut by 11 1/4 lengths in July at Woodbine, then took the Clarendon Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths in August. Be Vewy Vewy Quiet was defeated in his next two starts—the Colin Stakes and the Bull Page Stakes—but was beaten by less than a length in both.

Entries: Frost King S.

Woodbine, Saturday, November 18, 2017, Race 8

  • STK
  • 7f
  • All Weather Track
  • $125,000
  • 2 yo
  • 4:38 PM (local)
11Cat's Whisper (ON)Slade Callaghan123Shelley E. Fitzgerald20/1
22Handsome Like Me (ON)Jesse M. Campbell123Nicholas Gonzalez20/1
33Sheriff Clarke (ON)Ismael Eluid Mosqueira120Dale A. Desruisseaux20/1
44Inge (ON)Patrick Husbands120Lorne Richards12/1
55Royal Laser (ON)Alan Garcia123Sid C. Attard10/1
66Beer Pressure (OH)Emma-Jayne Wilson123Nicholas Gonzalez8/1
77Smooth Talk (ON)Eurico Rosa Da Silva123Catherine Day Phillips5/2
88Silent Sting (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateLuis Contreras123Sid C. Attard9/2
99Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (ON)Rafael Manuel Hernandez123Robert P. Tiller2/1
1010Josie's Riddle (ON)Jerome Lermyte120Steve Owens20/1

5:24 p.m.—$100,000 Cardinal Handicap (G3T) at Churchill Downs

Dom Felipe's Dona Bruja, the winner of the Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (G3T) on the Churchill Downs turf course in June, will seek her second stakes victory over that surface. Dona Bruja made her U.S. debut in the Mint Julep in June. Following that victory the 5-year-old daughter of Storm Embrujado recorded a one-length score in the Modesty Handicap (G3T) at Arlington International Racecourse in July.

Entries: Cardinal H. (G3T)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, November 18, 2017, Race 10

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/8m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:24 PM (local)
11Lovely Loyree (IL)Fernando De La Cruz116Michele Boyce15/1
22Tricky Escape (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChristopher P. DeCarlo119Lynn A. Ashby8/1
33Rattataptap (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.114William I. Mott20/1
44La Piba (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJon Kenton Court115Brad H. Cox30/1
55Weep No More (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado115George R. Arnold, II15/1
66Coco Channel (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulie Burke110Charles Lopresti50/1
77Beauly (GB)Corey J. Lanerie118Brendan P. Walsh5/1
88B Rockett (NY)Alex L. Canchari114Victoria H. Oliver30/1
99Linda (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.118Ian R. Wilkes9/2
1010Fair Point (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Gaffalione116Claude R. McGaughey III8/1
1111Res Ipsa (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux118Ian R. Wilkes8/1
1212Dona Bruja (ARG)Ricardo Santana, Jr.122Ignacio Correas, IV8/5

5:34 p.m.—$100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar

Just noses apart in their debut Oct. 27 at Santa Anita Park, Dream Tree and Midnight Bisou will face off again in the Desi Arnaz. Dream Tree, who went off at 4-5, just held off a late drive from 21-1 longshot Midnight Bisou to win the six-furlong maiden special weight event. Also entered is last-out maiden winner Ms Bad Behavior, who broke through by 3 1/4 lengths Oct. 15 at Santa Anita.

Entries: Desi Arnaz S.

Del Mar, Saturday, November 18, 2017, Race 5

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 2:34 PM (local)
11Steph Being Steph (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateStewart Elliott120Brian J. Koriner6/1
22Ms Bad Behavior (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateTiago Josue Pereira120Richard Baltas5/2
33Midnight Bisou (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano118William Spawr3/1
44Smiling Tigress (CA)Tyler Baze120David Bernstein10/1
55Secret Spice (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey S. Nakatani120Richard Baltas6/1
66Dream Tree (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDrayden Van Dyke120Bob Baffert2/1

6:48 p.m.—$50,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields

Antone Metaxas' Zakaroff upset the Feb. 18 El Camino Real Derby (G3) at 48-1, but has yet to find the winner's circle since. The Slew's Tiznow  gelding was pulled up early in the March 19 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita and did not finish, then returned from a nearly six-month layoff to run fifth in an optional-claiming allowance back at Golden Gate Fields Sept. 8.

Entries: Oakland S.

Golden Gate Fields, Saturday, November 18, 2017, Race 7

  • STK
  • 6f
  • All Weather Track
  • $50,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 3:48 PM (local)
11Quick and Silver (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateSilvio Ruiz Amador123William Delia12/1
22Star Student (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien Couton123Dan L. Markle8/1
33Zakaroff (KY)Rocco Bowen120Steven Specht20/1
44Right Hand Man (KY)Ricardo Gonzalez120Jeff Bonde12/1
55Outside Nashville (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAbel Cedillo123Jerry Hollendorfer8/1
66Percy's Bluff (WA)Frank T. Alvarado123Jerry Hollendorfer4/1
77I Will Score (KY)William Antongeorgi III123Jerry Hollendorfer5/2
88Mach One Rules (WA)Pedro M. Terrero123Frank Lucarelli8/1
99P Club (CA)Aaron T. Gryder123Ryan Kenney20/1
1010Westley (WA)Juan J. Hernandez123Blaine D. Wright7/2

Sunday, Nov. 19

1:18 p.m.—$125,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

The only two entrants entering off last-out victories are the longest shots on the board—Nobody Move and Cloud Control. The others are all exiting stakes races, however, and Sudden Surprise, Loki's Vengeance, and Gold for the King are all multiple stakes winners.

Entries: New York Stallion Series S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Sunday, November 19, 2017, Race 3

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $125,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 1:18 PM (local)
11Becker's Galaxy (NY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.120Rudy R. Rodriguez7/2
22Sudden Surprise (NY)Luis Saez120Brad H. Cox5/1
33Cloud Control (NY)Angel S. Arroyo120John C. Kimmel6/1
44Nobody Move (NY)Victor Lebron118John T. Toscano, Jr.12/1
55Loki's Vengeance (NY)Jose L. Ortiz120Linda Rice5/2
66Gold for the King (NY)Joel Rosario122Charlton Baker2/1

4:38 p.m.—$100,000 Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine

Grace and Dignity has been very impressive in the first two starts of her career, and the Animal Kingdom  filly will step into stakes competition for the first time. She won her debut by 5 1/2 lengths in September at Woodbine and took her second start by 5 1/4 last time out Oct. 18 in an optional-claiming allowance in Toronto.

Entries: Glorious Song S.

Woodbine, Sunday, November 19, 2017, Race 8

  • STK
  • 7f
  • All Weather Track
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 4:38 PM (local)
11Perfection Cat (KY)Jesse M. Campbell117Julia Carey10/1
22Star Hunter (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Manuel Hernandez115Nick Joseph Caruso20/1
33Enchanted Tale (ON)Sunny Singh115Harold Ladouceur20/1
44Grace and Dignity (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateEurico Rosa Da Silva117Catherine Day Phillips2/5
55Win the War (KY)Patrick Husbands117Mark E. Casse4/1
66Madame X. (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateLuis Contreras117Susan S. Cooney6/1

7 p.m.—$100,000 Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar

Grade 3 winners Solid Wager and Gold Rush Dancer have back class, but will face a field of talented California-breds. The top four finishers from the Oct. 7 Harris Farms Stakes at Fresno will stretch out another furlong in the Cary Grant. Tribal Storm took the six-furlong Harris Farms by a half-length over Jimmy Bouncer, who was followed by Prime Issue and Solid Wager.

Entries: Cary Grant S.

Del Mar, Sunday, November 19, 2017, Race 8

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:02 PM (local)
11Love My Bud (KY)Santiago Gonzalez120Martin F. Jones20/1
22Solid Wager (CA)Victor Espinoza120Peter Miller7/2
33Prime Issue (CA)Flavien Prat120Peter Miller10/1
44Green With Eddie (CA)Drayden Van Dyke118Doug F. O'Neill15/1
55Gold Rush Dancer (CA)Corey S. Nakatani124Vann Belvoir9/2
66Jimmy Bouncer (CA)Martin A. Pedroza120Michael Pender6/1
77Edwards Going Left (CA)Tyler Baze120John W. Sadler3/1
88California Diamond (CA)Kent J. Desormeaux118Peter Miller15/1
99Smokey Image (CA)Gary L. Stevens120Carla Gaines8/1
1010Tribal Storm (CA)Rafael Bejarano120Ed Moger, Jr.6/1