Miles Ahead Aims to Snap 2023 Winless Streak


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Miles Ahead wins the 2022 Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes at Churchill Downs

Miles Ahead , who hasn't won a race in 2023 despite finishing second or third in all of his starts, tries to get the "W" Nov. 23 in the Thanksgiving Classic Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

The Competitive Edge   gelding is the most experienced runner in the field of nine with 31 career starts, but hasn't seen the winner's circle since the 2022 Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes, a span of six starts.

Paul McGee's trainee is 12-7-3 lifetime with $812,313 in earnings. This year, he is 0-3-2 from five starts with $165,810 in the bank. Miles Ahead's eight wins at six furlongs is more than double that of his closest competitors—Swift as I Am  and Kavod  (both of whom are winless this year)—who each have three wins at the distance. 


  • Swift as I Am is making just his second start in a year. He made his 2023 debut Sept. 22 in a starter allowance at Los Alamitos Race Course, finishing fourth.
  • Four of the entries have run in graded company this year: Miles Ahead, Cowan , Super Ocho , and Kavod.

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Entries: Thanksgiving Classic S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Thursday, November 23, 2023, Race 9

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:06 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Chasing Time (KY) Jaime A. Torres 118 Steven M. Asmussen 9/2
2 2Machine Gun Man (KY) C.J. McMahon 116 Juan C. Sanchez 10/1
3 3Swift as I Am (CA) Jareth Loveberry 118 Tanner Tracy 20/1
4 4Cowan (KY) Deshawn L. Parker 118 Raymond E. Ginter, Jr. 8/1
5 5Minnesota Ready (KY) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Neil L. Pessin 6/1
6 6Kavod (KY) Mitchell Murrill 118 Chris A. Hartman 8/1
7 7Super Ocho (CHI) Vicente Del-Cid 118 Amador Merei Sanchez 5/1
8 8Gilcrease (KY) Marcelino Pedroza, Jr. 116 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 8/1
9 9Miles Ahead (KY) Joseph Talamo 118 Paul J. McGee 2/1