While this weekendâ€™s racing may not live up to the previous two in scope, there are still some strong racing experiences for fans and horseplayers to sink their teeth into.
The highlight of this weekendâ€™s racing is likely to be the Sword Dancer, a 12-furlong Grade 1 turf race at Saratoga. All eyes will be on Grand Couterier as he attempts to become the first horse to win three Sword Dancer crowns in a row. Standing in his way will be Better Talk Now, a ten-year-old gelding attempting to become the oldest to win a Grade 1 at the Spa. This ten-horse field could produce a winner from almost any position and promises to be a wide-open race.
The John C. Mabee, a 9-furlong turf trip, is the weekendâ€™s other Grade 1 race. Being held at Del Mar on Sunday night, this Breedersâ€™ Cup Win and Youâ€™re In for the Filly and Mare Turf on November 6 will give Magical Fantasy a chance to win her second Grade 1 race of the year. The field is stocked with Grade 2 winners Tuscan Evening, Briecat and Lethal Heat as well as Grade 3 winner Gotta Have Her.
The crown jewel of the Northwest racing circuit, the Longacres Mile (Grade 3) has drawn Eddie Read runner-up Awesome Gem. While he is certainly to be the favorite, Autism Awareness and Sierra Sunset promise to be worthy competitors and local horse Assessment will certainly have the hometown crowd on his side.
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