October 1st Louisiana Downs Recap
Fast and firm conditions on Thursday. Both surfaces seemed to play fair, and if there was any edge on the main, it appears to be with stalking types.
Sidney Lejeune Jr. booted home a pair.
First timer Centava was impressive in the 5th. She put away a couple of pace rivals, including heavy fav Big Red Grape, and she coasted home nine lengths to the good. ‘Cisco Torres booted home the daughter of Exchange Rate for Henry B Johnson Jr. Worth following.
Got a pair of tops home. Longshot play of the day Sequoia King scratched, and best bet Touch of Iron finished a close but no cigar 3rd.
October 2nd Preview
Friday Weather: Sunny. High 80. A good chance of storms on Thursday night, so we will have to monitor the turf situation closely.
Friday’s 9-race card features three grass races and includes a Pick 6 carryover of $4,872.
Dublin Road (1st race) is my longshot play of the day. She added blinkers and dueled through above par splits last time. Speed does well at this distance on the turf.
Smilin’ Del is my best bet on the card. He is back in a route in his 3rd race off a layoff, and Torres climbs aboard today. All systems go!
Note that my Oct 2nd analysis is complete and posted here. Just click on the Friday Selections and the pdf file will open.
Image: Stacy Edwards
September 27th Louisiana Downs Recap
Fast and firm conditions on Sunday. Main track played fair, and stalkers held the edge on the turf.
Sidney Lejeune Jr. and Ramsey Zimmerman both booted home a pair.
Wildrally won again over the local green and will be sad to see this meet end.
Got a pair of tops home including best bet Friendly Patriot ($5.40).
October 1st Preview
Weather: Isolated Thunderstorms (30% chance). High 85.
Thursday’s 9-race card features a pair of grass races and includes a Pick 6 carryover of $4,481.
Touch of Iron (6th race) is my best bet on the card. He makes his 3rd …read more
The Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup will be run at Belmont Park on Saturday, October 3rd, and the favorite for the ten furlong test will likely be Belmont Stakes (G1) and Travers (G1) hero Summer Bird. He is the other bird no more, and he has become especially dangerous since adding blinkers and showing much improved tactical speed.
The Tim Ice runner should take up a nice stalking position once again, but a horse he vanquished in the Travers (G1) might turn the tables on him, and his name is Quality Road.
Many might remember Quality Road as the early favorite …read more
The 2009 Oak Tree @ Santa Anita meet kicks off on Sept 30th, and the highlight will be the 2-day Breeders’ Cup festivities on November 6th and 7th.
Fairplex Park wrapped up their meet on Monday, and my Pick 9 ticket ended up with four winners. Nobody correctly tabbed nine winners during the 15-day fair stand, and tickets with seven on the final day were rewarded with $51k.
Back to Oak Tree, and the opening day feature race is the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap, which is the local prep for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Desert Code finished 7th in this race last …read more
The ‘09 Fairplex Park meet ends on Monday (Sept 28th), and I have been posting Pick 6 tickets all meet long on my pick six blog site. The $1 win Pick 9 has carried over to the final day of the meet, and it must be paid out. The pool has reached $155,381, and I’ll take a stab at the final day carryover.
For those interested in my Pick 6 thoughts, click here for free analysis and tickets. Below is my take on the Fairplex Park closing day Pick 9…
Race Two: #5 Bye Now (6-1) earned best last race speed rating …read more
September 26th Louisiana Downs Recap
Fast track and back on the turf…yes! Edge to early-pressing types on main. Turf seemed to play fair.
Hat trick for leading rider Don Simington. Rico Flores and Ramsey Zimmerman both booted home a pair. Jerry Cart saddled two winners on the day.
Brian House is 40% with debut maiden claimers, and he struck again in the 8th with Neverknocknoclass ($23.20). Bet down longshot play of the day Popcorn Secret was a non-threatening 8th in the same race.
Got one top home on Saturday. Best bet Ivor’s Empire (9th race) finished a flat 4th at 7-2.
September 27th Louisiana Downs Recap
Weather: Sunny. …read more
September 25th Louisiana Downs Recap
Fast track and off the turf on Friday. Four wire jobs on the drying out track.
Hat trick for Dustin Dugas and Jose Riquelme. Morris Nicks saddled two winners on the day as he tries to run down leading trainer Jerry Cart.
Only got one top home on a very competitive Friday card. Late Pick 4 paid on three winners, as did the Pick 6. Best bet He Dances Backward missed by a 1/2 length at almost 5-1. Longshot play of the day Colter Stone made a run but flattened out at around 8-1.
September 26th Preview
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September 24th Louisiana Downs Recap
Dreary day with occasional showers, and we were off the turf for 7th straight day and 12th time in last 17 racedays. There was definitely some moisture in the fast main track, which seemed to play fair.
Francisco Torres booted home a pair.
Matzoh Toga always looked like a winner in the 5th, and Gerard Melancon gave him a very confident ride. He is going well right now and is a threat to click right back next time.
Got a pair of tops home on Thursday. Best bet Blushing Buddha scratched, and longshot play of the day Ulah Tyson …read more
September 20th Louisiana Downs Recap
Fast track and off the turf. Main started out fair and favored speed as the day wore on.
The Difference (8th race) was my original top for turf, but I downgraded him to my 3rd choice when the race was transferred to the main. He rallied to miss 2nd by a neck, and look for him to return to the sod next time.
I was hot all week long on the analysis front, and I escaped a post Super Derby bounce with three more tops getting the job done on Sunday, including best bet Jami Baby …read more
An enthusiastic crowd and a fine 13-race card made for an exciting Super Derby day this year. Below is a recap of the day in words and pictures…enjoy!
With an early post time of 12pm, my daily handicapping seminar was moved up an hour. I was joined by Louisiana Downs track announcer Travis Stone and special guests Nick Tammaro and Pat Cummings. The seminar was very informative, and the latter duo chipped in with interviews throughout the day…great job guys!
On the analysis front, I got four tops home, and my analyzed contenders were firing all …read more