How to bet the 2023 Autumn Days Stakes

November 15th, 2023

A full field of fillies and mares will travel six furlongs on the Aqueduct outer lawn in Friday’s $150,000 Autumn Days S. The wide-open turf affair attracted a strong and well-matched cast in what appears to be an attractive betting race. 

Autumn Days Wagers

$.50-cent trifecta 1,5 with 1,5,8,12 with all ($30)

$2 exacta box 1,5,8,12 ($24)

#1 All That Magic showed a new dimension at Keeneland last time out when rallying from well off the early tempo en route to a fine allowance score, and the Florida-bred rates a logical chance in this spot despite drawing a tricky rail post slot. By Fast Anna, the four-year-old is a fine five-for-six since moving to the lawn in the summer and has proven to be capable of winning from on the front end or off the pace, as well. 

The Kathleen Demasi trainee, who notched her initial stakes victory in August, faces a tall task on Friday but should be up to the task with Kendrick Carmouche in the stirrups. I expect the filly to be forwardly placed from the opening bell on this occasion to avoid being stuck in traffic approaching the turn for home. 

Michael Trombetta’s #5 Can’t Buy Love didn’t thrive on the downhill course at Santa Anita most recently but rates a fine chance with something close to her best while making her second run off the short absence. The Twirling Candy five-year-old has run well to place in a trio of stakes races in succession prior to her trip to the West Coast recently, and the bay lands in a field with a good measure of early foot to have targets to run at inside the final furlong. This Kentucky-bred bay is a stakes-placed winner on the course and will have Trevor McCarthy in the irons.

Kelsey Danner’s #12 Danse Macabre sports a sharp 8-5-2-1 lifetime mark on turf and comes off of a stakes triumph on the course in her latest showing. The Army Mule filly has won stakes races in four of her last six races, all while facing fellow sophomores, and this will be a tough test while squaring off with her elders for the initial time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the talented miss win the race, but most of her usage will be in the exotics with regular pilot Adam Beschizza coming in to guide her. 

#8 Poppy Flower is a consistently good turf dasher who comes in fresh following a fourth-place finish in the Caress S. (G3) at Saratoga in July. The chestnut daughter of Lea came home first in the Intercontinental S. (G3) at Belmont two back and is obviously good enough to win this race with her best performance with Jose Ortiz in the silks.