Thursday's 7th race from Fair Grounds is the $150,000 Thanksgiving Classic for three-year-olds and up dashing six furlongs on the main track (Post Time 4:12 p.m. EST).
#1 NECKER ISLAND (3-1) turned back in distance and won his last two starts including the Bet On Sunshine under the Twin Spires Nov. 6. He is 3-for-3 in races around one-turn this year and might work out a nice ground saving trip behind the speed.
#3 Went West (8-1) exits a fast optional claiming win at this distance in Florida. Louie Roussel is a high percentage, low profile trainer, and the lightly raced, improving colt projects a decent inner tactical trip.
#7 Just Might (7-2) chased outside before fading in the Phoenix (G2) Oct. 8. He should appreciate the class relief, and he likes this course/distance and might get first run from the outside post.
#4 Greeley and Ben (7-2) captured his last nine starts and should make his presence felt throughout. This is his first local attempt.
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Nov. 1 - KEEPIN' IT CLASSY ($4.00)
Nov. 2 - LADY MCKENZIE ($7.00)
Nov. 3 - NEXT REVOLT ($4.40), Quinella ($7.80)
Nov. 5 - ECHO ZULU ($3.60)
Nov. 6 - CE CE ($14.40)
Nov. 9 - WELLINGTON WONDER ($6.40), Exacta ($26.60)
Nov. 10 - LASTCHANCEATGLORY ($6.80), Exacta ($15.60)
Nov. 11 - SPA CITY ($3.40)
Nov. 12 - Rowdy Rascal/Cuatro Madres Exacta ($12.80)
Nov. 16 - Johan Zoffany/Venture Forth Exacta ($56.00)
Nov. 20 - SERVE THE KING ($6.10)
Nov. 23 - ZESTFUL ($4.20), Exacta ($7.00)