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.
$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