Thanksgiving weekend is nearly here and that means horseplayers again can feast on an impressive slate of high-quality races from tracks around the country over the four-day weekend. A total of 18 graded stakes will be offered including a trio of Grade I events. All major tracks will be running including Aqueduct, Churchill Downs, Fair Grounds, Del Mar, Laurel and Woodbine, plus Tampa Bay Downs opens on November 24.
Fans can watch and wager all the action a number of ways. Wager online from the comfort of home enjoying turkey day leftovers —- Virginia’s four online partner wagering sites are TVG.com, Xpressbet.com, Twinspires.com and NYRABets.com.
Feeling a desire to venture out after a day with family and lots of food? Every Rosie’s Gaming Emporium has a live racing simulcast area where you can wager via live tellers or self-bet terminals. Rosie’s has locations in New Kent (at Colonial Downs Racetrack), Richmond, Hampton, Vinton, Dumfries and Collinsville. Wagers can also be placed at VA-Horseplay Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers in Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill) and Henrico (Breakers Sports Grille).
A complete simulcast schedule can be found at colonialdowns.com.
Thanksgiving Day, November 25:
*$500,000 Falls City Stakes (Gr. 2) at Churchill, $150,000 Thanksgiving Classic at Fair Grounds, $100,000 Red Carpet Stakes at Del Mar
Friday November 26:
$750,000 Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (Gr. I), $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (Gr. 2) at Del Mar, $200,000 Shamrock Rose Stakes at Del Mar, $200,000 Comely Stakes (Gr. 3) at Aqueduct, $150,000 Forever Together Stakes at Aqueduct, $150,000 Gio Ponti Stakes at Aqueduct
Saturday November 27:
$400,000 Hollywood Derby (Gr. I) at Del Mar, $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (Gr. 2) at Del Mar, $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes (Gr. 3) at Del Mar, $400,000 Long Island Stakes (Gr. 3) at Aqueduct, $150,000 Discovery Stakes at Aqueduct, $150,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship, $100,000 Central Park Stakes at Aqueduct, $400,000 Golden Rod Stakes (Gr. 2) at Churchill, $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (Gr. 2) at Churchill, $200,000 Livey Shively Stakes at Churchill, $200,000 Fern Creek Stakes at Churchill, $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (Gr. 3) at Golden Gate, $100,000 City of Laurel Stakes at Laurel, $100,000 Richard W. Small Stakes at Laurel, $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes at Laurel, $175,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Gr. 2) at Woodbine
Sunday November 28
$400,000 Matriarch Stakes (Gr. I) at Los Del Mar, $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (Gr. 3) at Del Mar, $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (Gr. 3) at Aqueduct, $150,000 Grey Stakes (Gr. 3) at Woodbine, $150,000 Mazarine Stakes (Gr. 3) at Woodbine
Coming Soon on Saturday December 4
*$750,000 Cigar Mile (Gr. I) Day at Aqueduct with 3 other graded stakes, the popular Claiming Crown card at Gulfstream featuring 9 stakes, $300,000 Starlet Stakes (Gr. I) at Los Alamitos