This weekend, it’s all about the Big A. Aqueduct racetrack in Ozone Park, New York runs four graded stakes races on Saturday. The most important is the Cigar Mile. Check out information on those events as well as the Garland of Roses at the Big A on Sunday and a couple of interesting events at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 6. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Picks for the Top Stakes of the Weekend
Top Stakes Races for the Week
- When: Saturday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 6
Saturday, Dec. 5 Races
Tampa Bay Downs
- Sandpiper Stakes – 6 furlongs dirt – $100,000
- Inaugural Stakes – 6 furlongs dirt – $100,000
Both the Sandpiper and Inaugural are for 2-year-olds. The Sandpiper is for 2-year-old fillies while the Inaugural is for 2-year-old colts. Make sure to check out both. 2-year-old races this time of the year at tracks like Tampa can produce huge mutuel payouts.
- Grade 3 Go For Wand Stakes – 1 mile dirt – $100,000
The brilliant Go For Wand passed away on the racetrack. In honor of her memory, some of the best fillies on the east coast will run in the Grade 3 Go For Wand on Saturday. The favorite should be the Todd Pletcher trained Nonna Madeline who finished third in the Grade 3 Turnback Alarm in her last. Glone Glimmering is interesting. The former claimer has 3 wins and a second in her last four.
- Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $150,000
For 2-year-old fillies, last out maiden winner Hit the Woah, trained by Christophe Clement, could be the one sharp handicappers back. Clement is winning at 38% at the meet. Café Society, trained by Shug McGaughey, and the Todd Pletcher trained Malathaat will go off the favorites. Malathaat could be 8/5 or worse in this race.
- Grade 2 Remsen Stakes – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $150,000
The Remsen is the first race for soon to be 3-year-olds that gives us a clue as to what horses can handle 1 ¼ miles. That’s the distance of the Kentucky Derby. The 2-year-old who are likely to test the 1 1/8 miles Remsen are Civil War, Known Agenda, Speaker’s Corner, Brooklyn Strong, Ten for Ten, and Pickin’ Time.
- Grade 1 Cigar Mile – 1 mile dirt – $250,000
Some well-known horses will run in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Saturday. Firenze Fire, Mr. Buff, Mind Control, Bon Raison, King Guillermo, and True Timber will all give it a shot. The most intriguing runner could be the Phipps Stable owned and Shug trained Performer. A winner of five in a row, the Cigar Mile will be Performer’s first try in a stakes race.
Sunday, Dec. 6 Race
- Garland of Roses Stakes – 6 furlongs dirt – $100,000
Like most non-graded stakes, the Garland of Roses could produce an overlay winner. Trainers have yet to enter their horses. Make sure to check out the Garland of Roses on Sunday, though. Who knows? You could hit it big on a longshot!
Have a great week!