Saturday Stakes Races: Closing 2018 with the ROBERT J. FRANKEL Stakes and the AMERICAN OAKS

By: Richard Bieglmeier

It’s the last weekend of horse racing, stakes racing for 2018. It’s a full Saturday of races with prize money of at least $100,000. There are 11 races dotting the country, from Aqueduct in New York, to Laurel in Maryland, to Gulfstream in south Florida, and Santa Anita in the Golden State.
We’ve got them all covered for you, complete with commentary, picks and suggested exacta and trifecta wagers.

We’ll preview the two graded stakes races for the day, both at Santa Anita.

    Santa Anita Race 4 – $150,000 ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES GRADE III
    Santa Anita Race 8 – $300,000 AMERICAN OAKS GRADE I

Eight fillies and mares, three-years-old and up will run 1 1/8-miles on Santa Anita turf for the sort of 51st running of the ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES. Originally, in 1968, the race was called the San Gorgonio Claiming Stakes with prize money of $14,450. In 1975 the name was changed to the San Gorgonio Handicap. The race was promoted to graded status in 1983.
In 2010, the name of the race was once again changed, this time to honor the Hall-of-Fame trainer, Robert J. Frankel. He won what would become his namesake race eight times, more than any other trainer.

Trainer Richard Baltas has won the last two and he’ll have a good chance to collect his third in a row with three entries:

    LUCY DE (PP: 1 ML 8-1)
    QUEBEC (PP: 3 ML 8-1)
    GLIDING BY (PP: 6 ML 12-1)

The trio are included in our handicapper’s pick with LUCY DE being our fourth choice and QUEBEC and GLIDING BY as our alternate selections.

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