What a day. Eleven races fill the afternoon, and six of them are Stakes events. Catch a copy of Brisnet, print it out and sit, watch and enjoy.  Competitive fields. And, fun galore. Here is a closer look at today’s card:

1st: 1-1A-3-7-5…Ten Silver Pins (1) gets the edge over his roommate, Whistling Wind (1A) despite throwing a big clunker in the last. The former gets a considerable drop off that effort, which had some bumping going on, and the trainer does very well with the considerable droppers in the past. The latter tired after making the lead in the stretch. This one has hit the board in 14 of his 20 lifetime starts. So, he is very consistent. Trainer Lee Thomas has named the same rider on both, so one is likely to scratch. I prefer the 1, but would use either. I bet the 1 and/or 1A to win/place/show and then key over/under the rest of the numbers listed.

2nd: 3-2-6-7…A mile event on the turf for LA-breds only here, and I go to Brandy Station (3), who will get the saddle from trainer Danny Pish. Picks up a huge rider switch to Florent Geroux and gets back to the turf, where she ran second in her only try. Trainer hits with .24% at this category. Pure Bingo (2) came off a considerable layoff in the last and still managed a nice late move to get within sight of the winner. May pick it up a bit sooner today. This one has hit the board in 4 of the first 9 tries and gets a nice rider switch, too. Cape Rosso (6) is Brisnet’s pick here, and there are good reasons. Gets back to the turf today where she has two seconds and two thirds in her only 4 tries over the surface. Has been running in open company, too. Don’t leave out. I bet the 3-6 to win/place/show and then key the 3-6 over/under all the other numbers listed. I take a 3-6 box, as well.

3rd: 5-3-4…Sugar Bowl Stakes…This is a Stakes event for the 2YOs, and I go to Steel Shot (5) in this spot, coming out of an impressive MSW win at Churhcill Downs on Nov. 17. She had run second to Private Eyes in the race before and caught a monster on debut. Looks to carry her speed the entire way today, with a top rider aboard. Land Battle (3) is a little more battled tested, having run in 4 Stakes races in the last 5 tries. She nearly won the Kip Deville at Remington Park three back and has hit the board in 5 of 6 tries with one fourth. Bourne in Nixa (4) has put up back-to-back wins for trainer Steve Margolis. Had a very sharp workout here on Dec. 10, and will be rallying late in this spot. I bet the 5 to win/place/show and then key over/under the other two numbers.

4th: 7-8-4-1-2…Blushing K.D.S.D.S. Stakes…Prado’s Sweet Ride (7) gets my top selection here after having run away with a 13-length victory over a sloppy track at Hawthorne in the last. Only beat 4 others that day, and that is not the reason for my pick. This one has hit the board in 12 of 19 starts on the turf and has a record of 2-1-2 in 8 starts at this distance. Won over this surface back in the spring and sports a tidy record of 1-1-1 in 4 starts here. All adds up. Valadorna (8) has been on my HTW list since early this year. Has returned from a long layoff to run a game second against good ones and then win easily over the slop here on Dec. 8. Good right now — again.  And, she has a world of talent. Will be making her turf debut today for a barn that hits with .12% of firsters on the green. I bet — get this — the 8 to win/place/show in my first Best Bet of the Day. I box the 7-8 solidly in one exacta and then key the 8 over/under all the numbers in two more.

5th: 3-4-1-7…The absolute BEST BET of the Day comes right here. Principe Guilherme (3) is 6-5 in the ML, but if I can get even money, then I am plunking. This one was a super star on debut Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs. I was there that day and this son of Tapit was visually impressive in running away to a 61/4-length victory over a steal field of 2YO colts. Wheels back in this spot for a top barn outfit. United Patriot (4) has already won twice and has the experience edge, for sure. Goes for the hottest barn on the lot. Private Eye (1) is a good one for trainer Paul McGee. Win two back was against some good ones and he simply ran out of gas in the first try around two turns. Expect improvement today. I bet the 3 to win/place and then key the 3 over/under all the numbers.

6th: 2-1-3-8-9…Buddy Diliberto Memorial Purse…Sir Dudley Digges (2) was my best bet of the day in his last and he pulled out a head victory at odds of 4-1 at Churchill Downs on Nov. 12. This one has 4 wins and 2 seconds this year and has a second over this course in two starts here. When he is good, he is really good and has a nice work here on Dec. 10. He can win right back. Tizzarunner (1) caught a tremendous field in the Artie Schiller at Aquduct in his last and still was beaten less than 3 lengths. Went way wide in that one and should be better with the golden rail in this spot. Thatcher Street (3) is a speedy sort who was shipped here by trainer Ian Wilkes. Will try hard, but has not won in 7 starts this year. I bet the 2 to win/place/show and then key the 2 over/under all the other numbers listed in the exactas.

7th: 6-1-7-8-2…Letellier Memorial Stakes…Upset Brewing (6) caught some gangsters in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 16. Freshened up a bit since then for a top notch trainer in Buff Bradley, who has one third in his only start here this meet. Before tiring in that last race, she had a win (by nearly 10 lengths) and three seconds in her other 4 career starts. I love her turning back to a sprint today. Stellar Moon (1) comes out of a MSW win for the meeting’s top trainer, so far. She ran away late with that one and now will face Stakes company. Ambitious spot, but this girl has a world-class breeding line: Tapit over Stellar Jayne.  Wow. Vision Of Justice (7) has notched two wins in 4 career starts and is coming off an impressive win in her last. Can’t dismiss totally. I bet the 6 to win/place/show and then box the top 2 numbers solidly.  I then key the top 2 over/under all the others in a smaller version.

8th: 10-2-4-1-5…Bonapaw Stakes…Chiltern Street (10) draws the unfortunate post position, which has been a killer here most of the meet, but he has the talent to dominate — like his 6-length victory at Keeneland in October. This one has hit the board in 10 of 16 lifetime starts and has 2 wins/2 seconds in 6 starts this year. Nice move over this track on Dec. 10. Should be ready to fire. Field of Courage (2) has been in Canada much of his life, but won a 6-furlong G2 just two back. Went off at huge odds that day, but will be stalking the pace and ready to pounce in the stretch. I bet the 10 to win/place/show and then box the top 2 numbers solidly.  I key those two over the rest in one more.

9th: 1-10-4-2-12…San Elijo (1) draws the rail, which is a huge advantage if this first time starter can get a clean break. Big if, for a debut runner. But he has shown a lot of speed in the mornings, and gets a great gate rider in Joe Bravo. I go here at 5-1 ML odds and do a little slam job. Shiitake (10) has the experience edge and will be closing late in this one for a top end closing rider. Ran behind two goods ones in the last out and may be closer today with a cleaner run. I bet the 1 to win/place/show and then key the 1 over/under all the others listed. I box the 1-10 in a solid exacta.

10th: 1-6-9-5…Tenacious Stakes…Fear the Cowboy (1) is a stalker/true closer, and has a rider named that has not had a mount here the entire meet. Ships in from the East, and doesn’t show a work over the track. All those are disadvantages in this spot, but this one has a record of 3-3-1 in 9 starts this year and looks to be the best he has ever been. He ran in this same Stakes event a year ago, running fourth to Honorable Duty — a good one. Was a little too close to the pace that day. May have a better turn today. Money Flows (6) ran second to Honorable Duty in the G3 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs just two races back. But he was beaten farther that day than the preferred choice did a year ago. This 6YO son of Malibu Moon is good right now with 6 top finishes in the last 7 tries. Field of Courage (9) is entered here, too. Don’t know which one that Casse will pick. Figures to have a shot in both. I bet the 1 to win/place/show and then key the 1 over/under all the numbers in the exactas. I box the 1-6 solidly in one other.

11th: 2-8-5-10-7-3…Smoke Monster (2) will get the saddle from the hottest trainer going. Ran a huge one on debut, losing by less than a length to Bourne in Nixa — who is in the Stakes earlier today. Keep an eye out to see how he runs. If he can duplicate that effort, he looks salty in this spot. Kilroy Was Here (8) has a couple of thirds and a fourth in the first three tries. Has caught some real good ones in those events, including the Stakes winner Engage in the debut run. M G Warrior (5) ran second to Steel Shot on debut. Had a real nice work here on Dec. 3 for Dallas Stewart. Watch out. I bet the 2 to win/place/show and then box the top three numbers in the exacta. I key those 3 over the rest in a smaller version.

Good Luck &

All the Best/Gene