Holland's North American free racing picks for Nov. 20
Tim Holland has a couple of selections for Aqueduct, as well as picks for Churchill Downs, Laurel Park, and Remington Park on Friday.
#4 Twilight Fantasy (5-1) has not raced since closing to finish a troubled fifth behind the talented Echo Town at Oaklawn in February. Son of Violence has a win from three career starts and has been working well for trainer Sharp, who wins with 21% of his runners that have not raced for 90+ days. Colt can be in good position from the start under Hernandez, who has won with two of his last four rides for the barn.
Some well-bred maidens on grass include #5 Palamos (9-2), who finished fourth after being a touch rank early in her debut over a mile at Keeneland last month. Daughter of Blame is a full-sister to Mrs. Sippy, who won the Glens Falls (G2), and trainer Motion wins with 18% of his second-time starters. Bay can be along from off the pace under Alvarado, who won with his latest ride for the barn.
Plenty of early speed should help the chances of #9 Playtone (8-1), who closed to finish second over 7 furlongs in her latest at Aqueduct last month, her third start after a long break. Trainer Weaver has won with 21% of his runners this year and daughter of Tonalist has won one of her three starts on this oval. Filly can be along late with Lezcano retaining the mount.
#2 Uno Tigress (5-1) was claimed by Dale Bennett when easily breaking her maiden over 5 1/2 furlongs at Delaware in her latest last month. Daughter of Macho Uno posted a sharp 4 furlong work in 47 seconds this month for Bennett, who wins with 17% of his runners first time off the claim and with 31% that have not raced for 46-90 days. Bay can be forwardly placed from the start with Russell in the irons.
Trainer Von Hemel wins with 12% of his first-time starters and saddles #8 Tango Kilo (12-1), a debuting son of decent young sire Brody’s Cause, who is out of a daughter of Kentucky Oaks (G1) runner-up Real Cozzy. Gelding has been working forwardly for Von Hemel, who has won with 18% of his runners since the beginning of this year. Gray is likely ready for a good first outing with Eramia up.