Game of Silks – Reflections, Week of 11/20/23

November 27, 2023

Intricate charges to victory in the Golden Rod (G2) under Tyler Gaffalione (Jenny Doyle/Past The Wire)

By 2YO EdgeMan

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  Family, friends, lots of food and racing – and the Game of Silks – what could be better?  Add to that the amazing sale that Silks has going on right now.  You can access it by visiting  As of this writing, there are still 734 horses available and you do not want to miss out!  This opportunity will only last through Wednesday, November 29th at 12pm ET.  Please go check it out now as there are a number of excellent horses remaining – but they are selling fast!

Last week, Churchill Downs showcased their second card of the year filled with all two-year-old (including a number of stakes events).  So, it made it an extra special week for the Game of Silks.  One of those races was on Saturday, 11/25/23 – it was the $400,000 Golden Rod Stakes for fillies contested over One and 1/16 Miles on the dirt.  Eight gals entered the gate, but West Sunset was the first out of there and led through the opening ¾ of a mile in 1:12.48.  However, she ran out of steam nearing the head of the stretch and Intricate, with Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle, split horses and came charging into the lead.  She never looked back and hit the wire more than five lengths clear of the rest of the field. 

Via @TwinSpires on Twitter

Trained by Brendan Walsh, this filly by Gun Runner is going to be a good one.  She’s owned in Silks by Lighthouse Racing and for this big win, I’m presenting my coveted Game of Silks’ Owner of the Week award to this fine owner.  Congratulations Lighthouse Racing!

Check out some of the other races from last week that had a purse of $50,000 or greater…

Track / ~ETH
DateRace #Purse WinnerWinning OwnerWon
Tuesday, 11/21/23PRX7$  50,000.00 ZumaLegacy Alpha Racing0.2108
Wednesday, 11/22/23CD9$  92,000.00 WecallemfuncouponsCaliforniAlphaRacing Stables0.2529
Thursday, 11/23/23DMR1$  61,000.00 Practically BrokeHorsingAround0.1774
Thursday, 11/23/23DMR8$  61,000.00 Asada FriesAutonomous Collective0.1771
Thursday, 11/23/23FG5$  52,000.00 Next LevelCLCStables0.1509
Thursday, 11/23/23FG7$  53,000.00 Sneadjh2e0.1537
Friday, 11/24/23CD1$  50,000.00 Run For Your HoneyDigitalRacers0.1554
Friday, 11/24/23DMR5$  61,000.00 Beer MoneyHeroProtagonist Stables0.1762
Saturday, 11/25/23CD2$120,000.00 LegalizeHouse of Fred Top 100.3313
Saturday, 11/25/23CD4$127,000.00 Denim and PearlsCharbo0.3502
Saturday, 11/25/23CD8$  12,000.00 Track Phantom VIPSilks0.3311
Saturday, 11/25/23CD9$225,000.00 Just SteelFinal Stretch Farms0.6489
Saturday, 11/25/23CD10$400,000.00 IntricateLighthouse Racing1.154
Saturday, 11/25/23CD11$400,000.00 Honor MarieVshakerfarms1.154
Saturday, 11/25/23CD12$225,000.00 YoualmosthadmeHarmonie0.6335
Saturday, 11/25/23DMR8$  61,000.00 Moonlit SonataAlpha Dragon Lair0.1758
Saturday, 11/25/23FG6$  51,000.00 NeatAlpha Dragon Lair0.1468
Saturday, 11/25/23FG7$  52,000.00 Brunch Punch 777 Racing0.1497
Saturday, 11/25/23FG9$  52,000.00 Take Charge J JAlpha Racing0.1497
Saturday, 11/25/23GP8$  50,000.00 Real MachoJoxiah0.1152
Sunday, 11/26/23BAQ2$  55,000.00 AntennaMikelira0.1475
Sunday, 11/26/23CD2$  92,000.00 PromisemeanempireGibbs Racing0.2552
Sunday, 11/26/23CD4$127,000.00 Alpine PrincessBulle Rock Farm & Racing0.3547
Sunday, 11/26/23DMR1$  61,000.00 KopionChampionbloodstock Stables0.1761

Note:  Current value of 1 ETH = approximately $2,093.71

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