The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships happened this past Friday/Saturday, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have great thoroughbred stakes action on Saturday Nov. 14 and Sunday Nov. 15. Churchill Downs runs the Grade 2 Ms. Revere Stakes on Saturday while Del Mar runs one of two races that honors their founders, the Grade 3 Bob Hope on Sunday. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, Nov. 14 – Sunday, Nov. 15. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Picks for the Top Stakes of the Weekend (Nov. 14-15)
Saturday, Nov. 14 Races
- Artie Schiller Stakes – 1 mile turf – $100,000
- Notebook Stakes – 6 furlongs dirt – $100,000
Curlin’s Honor won the 2019 Artie Schiller Stakes. The five-year-old horse hasn’t run since a fourth in the Sunshine Millions Turf this past January, though. That doesn’t mean he won’t show up on Saturday. Either way, expect a dynamite field of tough, blue collar, runners to enter the starting gate now that the big turf races are done with for the year.
- Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes – 1 1/16 miles turf – $200,000
Nay Lady Nay won the 2019 Mrs. Revere Stakes. She just ran in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday. Nay Lady Nay couldn’t run in the Mrs. Revere this year anyhow because the condition of the race is for 3-year-old fillies. Which 3-year-old filly we didn’t see at the Breeders’ Cup could get it done under the Twin Spires on Saturday? Make sure to check out the Mrs. Revere!
Del Mar Racetrack
- Desi Arnaz Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $100,000
Bob Baffert is likely to saddle three runners for the Desi Arnaz Stakes on Saturday: Private Mission, Varda, and Heels Up. They could all end up chasing Richard Mandella trained Astute, who was fantastic when breaking her maiden in October.
Sunday, Nov. 15 Races
- Winter Memories Stakes – 1 1/16 miles turf – $100,000
- Key Cents Stakes – 6 furlongs dirt – $100,000
The Winter Memories is Aqueduct’s 3-year-old filly turf race. The Mrs. Revere at Churchill is the more important race. That could be a good thing from a betting perspective. No doubt, a longshot that figures could end up taking the Winter Memories Stakes and that’s not a bad thing at all.
The Key Cents is a New York race for 2-year-old fillies. Expect some decent youngsters to sign on for the Key Cents. Because it’s at 6 furlongs, look to back a filly with sprinter breeding. Also, pay attention to any filly that makes a middle move during the race and ends up winning. If that happens, that filly could end up one to watch in 2021.
Del Mar Racetrack
- Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $100,000
12 equines hope to contend for the winner’s share of the purse in the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes on Sunday. The 12 likely runners are listed along with the name of their trainers.
- Ambivalent – Doug O’Neil
- Caisson – Richard Mandella
- Coastal Kid – Jeffery Metz
- No Pedigree – Doug O’Neil
- Dixie’s Two Starts – Doug O’Neil
- Red Flag – John Shirreffs
- Run Snappy – John Sadler
- Spielberg – Bob Baffert
- Teton Valley – Ryan Hansen
- Uncle Boogie – Andrew Lerner
- Weston – Ryan Hansen
- Wipe the Slate – Doug O’Neil
The 2020 Bob Hope Stakes figures to be one of the most hotly contested in years. Make sure to do your handicapping before backing any of the runners.