Horseplayers Can Feast On Large Menu of Thanksgiving Weekend Stakes

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. 

Each Rosie’s has an OTB area which features live simulcasting from up to 20 tracks on a daily basis.

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,, and

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).

The OTB at Breakers in Henrico has a video wall which shows all the racing action.

A complete simulcast schedule can be found at 

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

The Buckets Bar & Grill is located in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake just before the drawbridge.

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