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Abaco in the Gr. III Cardinal Handicap

11/9/2013 12:54 PM
Author:
Amount Bet:
$53.50
Amount Cashed:
$66.40

 

Today’s eighth race (11/9) at Churchill Downs is the 40th running of the Gr. III $100,000 Cardinal Handicap.  This race will consist of fillies and mares three years old and upward running a mile and an eighth over the sod.

#8 – Abaco (5-1):  The five year old mare out of Giant’s Causeway has a career record of four wins, seven seconds and two thirds from 17 starts.  One of the more accomplished in this field, Abaco has ran this distance twice and has yet to miss the board.  Rosie Napravnik makes the jump from the number two horse to ride the chestnut mare so I like her chances here today.

#2 – Starstruck (3-1): The chestnut filly by Galileo has had success since making the switch to Larry Jones’ barn.  Last time out the daughter of Galileo finished fourth behind Tiz Flirtatious and Marketing Mix in the Gr. I Rodeo Drive.  This spot looks more fitting for the four year old and the cut back in distance could prove pivotal.  Robby Albarado will ride.

#7 – Somali Lemonade (7-2): Previous two starts the daughter of Lemon Drop Kid has ran into some stiff competition in the likes of Laughing, Pianist and Tannery.  The Michael Matz trainee is also cutting back in distance and making the switch to Julien Leparoux.

#6 – Solid Appeal (4-1): Another filly to look out for is the Reade Baker trainee Solid Appeal.  The dark bay seems to have success coming off a layoff and has bested this distance once before.  From 16 starts the Successful Appeal horse has five wins, two seconds and two thrds with over $400K worth of earnings.  Joe Rocco Jr. will ride Solid Appeal.

 

Plays:

$8 to win, $20 to show on 8

$2 Exacta 8 – 2/6/7

$3 Exacta 6/2 – 7

$.50 Trifecta 2/6/8 – 2/6/7/8 – 2/5/6/7/8

Total = $53.50

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Was rooting for her. Glad she won.
Nice win from Abaco today!