Remember that time Fidel came to L’ville? Neither do we, but he dead now, and many must be waiting on the Other Side to exact vengeance. Nonetheless, Fidel came to L’ville that one time.
Free ones: Rundown…
Calder (a k a Gulfstream Park West) 9, 10
Del Mar 2, 3, 6, 7
Churchill 9, 10, 11
Fair Grounds 7, 9, 10
Golden Gate 7, 8, 9
Hawthorne 5, 6, 8
Retama 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
Remington 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Turf Paradise 8
Today’s Stakes Pageantry: Del Mar 6 on the free page. Churchill 9, 11
Track (Win Mutuels $20+/Gettable)
Aqueduct (0/0) — Visiting Blueshirt Rangers edge Philalala, 3-2; Kevin Hayes’s 10th goal of the season put Nueva Jork up 3-nil.
Churchill (2/0) — ‘Light up Louisville’ brings holiday spirit to town.
Calder (2/1) — The finale was not contentious, but High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads had Dual Qualifier Moonlit Sonnet (99, 96) among the living; she was already in front at the 5/16-pole, and she won by 1½ at $27-even. Good work.
Chas. Town (2/1) — Race 7 was not contentious, but High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads were sparked by Dual Qualifier Fire Control (87, 84), who was a stalking-horse throughout en route to a 1½-length win at $20.20. Good work.
Delta (2/0) — Jeff Davis Parish officials identify body floating in canal.
Del Mar (2/0) — Sharp Healthcare nurses’ strike to begin on Monday.
Fair Grounds (1/1) — The finale was contentious, but only High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads had any praise for Laudy, a qualifying 82 on the LifeLiner Speed Column analysis; he rallied like the champion he should have been, winning by a clean half-length at $29.40. Good work.
Finger (1/1) — All the players were doing OK in Race 5, courtesy of top selection On to Trenton, Fair Odds of 2½-1 on the conventional V6 Betting Line and owner of a strong 84 on the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis; he had to rally like crazy, though, winning by 1¼ at $23.60. Good work.
Golden Gate (1/1) — Same as in the Finger commentary, this time via first-timer Backdoor Cover, Fair Odds of 3-1 and with a connection-line/slashline readout of 15pc/20pc/100pc; she rallied like the champion she’s on her way to becoming, winning by 1¼ at $20.40. Good work.
Hawthorne (1/0) — Visiting Blackhawks edge Anaheim, 3-2; Ryan Hartman’s 5th goal of the season put Chicagoland up 3-nil.
Los Alamitos (0/0) — See Hawthorne commentary.
Laurel (1/1) &mdash Old-School Champeens exclusively in the opener, courtesy of Pride of Wilko, atop the conventional V6 Betting Line at Fair Odds of 3-1; she won by a clean head at $23.60. Good work.
Mahoning (3/2) — Race 2 was not contentious, but High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads had Dual Qualifier Princess Arya (86, 84) on the short list of contenders; she made the lead near the furlong-grounds and won by 4 at $20.20. In Race 5, not contentious either, Painted Chief had an OK 82 on the LifeLiner Speed Column analysis for the High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads; he rallied like the champion he should have been, winning by 2 at $20.60. Good work.
PennNat (0/0) — See Aqueduct commentary.
Retama (1/0) — Spurs win at Boston, 109-103; Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 25 pts. for San Antonio.
Remington (0/0) — Thunder edge host Denver in OT, 132-129; Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 36 pts. for OKC.
Turf Paradise (2/2) — Race 4 was not contentious, but High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads had a field-best 80 on the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis on Leavinglosangeles (!); he had to rally a little, though, before winning by 2¼ at $26.20. In the finale, contentious, Dual Qualifier Miss Veeto (97, 89) received a vote of confidence from the High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads; she went gate-to-wire to win by 1 at $37.40. Good work.
Woodbine (1/0) — Raptors win at Milwaukee, 105-99; DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 26 pts.
Turf Paradise 6f
Aqueduct 1 1/16m (T)
Nocturnal Submission: Sifting through the wreckage…
Thank you. Best wishes. Goodbye. Hasta la vista.