VENETIAN HARBOR ROLLS TO VICTORY AT LEXUS RAVEN RUN

Venetian Harbor Rolls to Victory: The top two races from Saturday were the Lexus Raven Run Stakes, at Keeneland Race Course, and the Autumn Miss Stakes, from Santa Anita Park. Both races served as warm-ups (and last-minute qualifiers) ahead of next month’s Breeders’ Cup races.

Before we continue with our weekend report, let us do a little research of the latest Racing odds for the Breeders’ Cup, with the aid of our friends at classic online racebook JazzSports.ag

Breeders’ Cup Classic – Early Odds to Win*

Keeneland Race Course – November 7th, 2020

NameOdds
Improbable+325
Tiz the Law+375
Maximum Security+700
Authentic+800
Tom’s d’Etat+1000

*See the complete list of Odds to Win Breeders’ Cup Classic at JazzSports.ag Horses Odds Section. Odds are subject to change.

Weekend Racing Recap

Saturday, October 17

Lexus Raven Run Stakes: Venetian Harbor

Venetian Harbor rolled to a fairly easy victory on Saturday, as the only real speed in this seven-furlong race. As a result, she did not feel much challenge and just settled into a moderate pace, rather than running away from the rest of the pack. As a result, she only edged out Finite by a neck. Her fractions were :23.06 and :46.17, and then she finished in 1:23.03 on a fast track. She entered the race as the favorite and paid $5.20 on a $2 bet to win. This was the best effort that Finite had shown since she won five races in a row, culminating in the Rachel Alexandra (Grade II) on February 15. She beat Grand Clu Classe for third by half a length. After that, in order of finish, came Reagan’s Edge, Tonalist’s Shape, Secondary Market, Four Graces and Secret Keeper.

Next up for Venetian Harbor is a trip to the Breeders’ Cup for the Filly and Mare Sprint on November 7, which will cover the same seven-furlong course at Keeneland. Also in that race, Gamine will run; this will give Venetian Harbor a chance to avenge a second-place finish to Gamine at the Test Stakes (Grade I) in her last start. Venetian Harbor has also been the runner-up to Speech and Swiss Skydiver in graded stakes, with both races running 1 1/16 miles. Her debut was a win at the one-mile Las Virgenes Stakes (Grade II), which she won by 9 ¼ lengths.

Autumn Miss Stakes

Warren’s Showtime delivered Win #1000 for trainer Craig Lewis, storming back from fifth place to win by a neck. Warren’s Showtime was the favorite in a seven-horse field after finishing third at the Del Mar Oaks (Grade I) in her last race. Quiet Secretary jumped out to the early lead, opening up a two-length advantage with fractions of :22.50 and :45.42 in the first half. At the three-quarter pole, Quiet Secretary came in by 1:09.69; Warren’s Showtime was still fifth at that point. Then she was angled wide by rider Flavien Prat to make an open run along the outside, and she found a new gear to finish the mile at 1:33.77 on firm turf.

The rest of the field finished in this order: Going to Vegas, Guitty, Croughavouke, Quiet Secretary and Mind Out. Warren’s Showtime now has a 6-0-5 record in 13 starts, with career winnings of $520,251.

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