Hawthorne Gold Cup weekend is over, Claiming Crown weekend is over, and horse racing gets a bit lower key until Santa Anita starts up at the end of the month. However, Picks and Ponderings remains ever engaged, and we come to you with a grab bag of stakes from all over the country.
On the homefront, we preview the Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity as a team. The Jim Edgar is the final stakes race of the fall meet at Hawthorne, and gives the juvenile colts and geldings the chance to shine.
We also take a look at a pair of stakes races a bit farther afield. This preview heads east to Gulfstream Park for a look at distaffers going a mile on the dirt in the Grade III Rampart Stakes. In addition, Nicolle Neulist heads west for a look at the juvenile fillies in the Grade I Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Gulfstream Park: Saturday, December 12
Race 3: Rampart Stakes (GIII), three-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, one mile on the dirt, post time 1:05pm EST
#7 BEST BEHAVIOR (5/2)
#6 DANESSA DELUXE (4/1)
#1 CALI STAR (3/1)
Longshot: #3 PINK POPPY (15/1)
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