We’re less than two weeks away from Santa Anita’s opening day. The Great Race Place always starts their long winter-spring meet on Dec. 26, the day after Christmas. Make sure to circle Dec. 26 on your calendars. Shore up your game before Dec. 26 by checking out this weekend’s top stakes action. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, Dec. 19th to Sunday, Dec. 20th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds & Picks from December 19th to 20th
Fair Grounds Racetrack
- Blushing K.D. Stakes – 1 1/16 miles turf – $75,000
In 1996 and 1997, Blushing John sired filly Blushing K.D. won 8-of-10 races, including the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Who will take her namesake race on Saturday at Fair Grounds? Make sure to handicap what’s sure to be a competitive event!
- Tenacious Stakes – 1/16 miles – $75,000
No doubt, Godolphin owned, and Brandon Walsh trained Maxfield will go off the chalk to win the Tenacious Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 19. Maxfield was undefeated and a Kentucky Derby contender before heading to the sidelines with an injury this year. Make sure to check out his return to the races.
- Queens County Stakes – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $100,000
Musical Heart, Mirinaque, Akhaatam, and Forwarned are listed as probable for the Queens County Stakes at the Big A. Expect more to sign on for what is sure to be a competitive event.
- Via Borghese Stakes – 1 3/16 miles turf – $100,000
In last year’s Via Borghese Stakes, Touriga beat Pivotal Connection and Chipolata. The race is for 3-year-olds and older. It’s one of the few turf races at Gulfstream that won’t attract the top filly and mare turf stars. Because of that, we can expect a full field that may produce an overlay win mutuel.
- Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $100,000
In 2019, Diamond Oops added his name to the list of Mr. Prospector winners. Coal Front won this race in 2018. Oops could enter this year. Firenze Fire, because he scratched from the Cigar Mile, is also likely to stand in the starting gate.
Los Alamitos Thoroughbred
- Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity – 1 1/16 miles dirt – $200,000
What does Thousand Words, Improbable, McKinzie, Mastery, Mor Spirit, and Dortmund have in common? They all won the Los Alamitos Futurity and Bob Baffert trained all of them. On Saturday, Baffert will have a couple entered for this year’s Los Al Futurity, Classier and Spielberg. The favorite, though, should be the John Shirreff’s trained Red Flag.
Los Alamitos Thoroughbred
- King Glorious Stakes – 1 mile dirt – $100,000
The top 2-year-olds in California run in the Los Al Futurity on Saturday. Second-tier 2-year-olds run in the King Glorious Stakes on Sunday. Expect a full field with plenty of chances to win this solid $100,000 race on Dec. 20.
Have a great week!