RECAP OF SELECTIONS FROM 11/17/18
Bob Hope (G3) at Del Mar: Another two-year-old race, another winner for the Bob Baffert barn. It’s been absolutely mind-bending to watch this entire year, so when MUCHO GUSTO ($3.60) crossed the finish line first, he joined a seemingly endless supply of candidates from this barn (GAME WINNER, ROADSTER, COLISEIUM, etc.) to take a run at next year’s Kentucky Derby and follow in JUSTIFY’s footsteps!
Red Smith (G3) at Aqueduct: Once this race was taken off the turf and moved to the main track (with a change in distance to a mile-and-a-eighth), all bets were off (literally) as all three of my top selections scratched.
South Ocean at Woodbine: On paper, it wasn’t that deep of a field for a $100,000 race, so when PREFERRED GUEST won, it didn’t really surprised me as he was a maiden going two turns for the first time while adding blinkers. However, what did surprise me was his win price ($5.70).
River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs: After scratches, only five runners made it to the starting gate, but when MR. MISUNDERSTOOD won ($3.40), making him a perfect four-for-four over the Churchill Downs turf course, it allowed me to cash the $6.40 exacta four times and $3.60 trifecta (yikes!) three times.