To all the Pope Jude fans who wrote about their Claiming Crown scores...Thanks for the kind words. By its very nature, Claiming Crown is a tough event to handicap, but after being in attendance for the last several years, we have sort of gotten the hang of it. It is a combination of Keeneland (horses in from everywhere) and the Breeders' Cup (the best in their divisions), handicapping with the heat and humidity thrown in to make things more difficult.
Usually we don't put out a report for the rest of the year after Claiming Crown, but we had a couple of horses pop up off the watch list, found some interesting price plays and and a couple of solid singles, so we thought we'd give it a go for Saturday.
After this weekend, the next report will probably be a full card for Santa Anita's opening day, December 26. Our California peeps always want one.