There are at least 11 racecourses available for wagering on Sunday at BetOnline. The Florida Derby is in the books, and Known Agenda won in a small upset at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Known Agenda receives 100 points and an automatic invite to the 147th Kentucky Derby. Soup and Sandwich ran a nice race to earn 40 points for placing 2nd, while Greatest Honour struggled to win as the favorite, but gained 20 points towards the Kentucky Derby.
In a big prep race like that, you just have to run well to get into the money for a good opportunity to go to Churchill Downs for the first Saturday of May. I never liked Greatest Honour to win the Kentucky Derby, but there were a lot of people that liked him. That’s not to say he can’t improve from here to May, though, so we’ll see how the next month plays out. You can get a much bigger price now than before the Florida Derby. I’m still high on Concert Tour and Essential Quality as the two front runners.
The main track of Sunday is another Florida track. Tampa Bay Downs leads the way this afternoon with six stakes races for $110,000 each. Aqueduct Racetrack has a $100,000 stakes race, while Santa Anita Park has a small $75,000 stakes race this afternoon. We will get started at Aqueduct Racetrack, which has $458,000 in prize money available across eight races on the dirt. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for March 28, 2021.
Post Time: 1:20 p.m. EST
We will get going at Aqueduct Racetrack with a mile event for a $80,000 purse. Six runners are expected to participate, with I Am the Law and Flying With Angels circled. I Am the Law made his debut for Curragh Stables on February 20 and showed 3rd in a $80,000 assignment.
He was purchased for $120,000 last March and is expected to compete at this level. With the opening race out of way, expect I Am the Law to show improvement from here. It can take some horses a race to get adjusted. I Am the Law holds serious place claims, with a chance to win if he gets a strong push in the stretch.
Flying With Angels is expected to have a brighter future, though is coming off a similar performance in his debut. He was purchased for $500,000 in August of 2019 and finally made his debut on February 12 in a $28,500 event. He made an inside bid late, but was held back by a head and ¾ lengths. It was close at the wire and he showed promise in the stretch.
Flying With Angels is being upped in distance from 7 furlongs to a mile on Sunday. That likely doesn’t hurt Flying With Angels, and only helps him based on what we saw in his debut. He was a late starter in that event and needed more runway to win. Expect the ball to bounce Flying With Angel’s way soon.
Post Time: 3:52 p.m. PST
Distance:1 ¼ Miles
Race 4 is a $82,000 event covering 1 ¼ miles on Sunday afternoon. Six runners are expected to arrive at the gate in this one. Make Mischief and Ice Princess are likely going to have a say in the stretch in this race. Ice Princess is a three-time winner, but has gone winless in six events since then.
That said, Ice Princess has gone 2nd, 2nd, 6th, 2nd in her previous four outings. Placing 2nd in three of four entries isn’t terrible racing. In her most recent appearance, Ice Princess placed 2nd behind Maiden Beauty by ¾ lengths for a $82,000 purse last month.
That was a nice response after finishing 6th in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Stakes (Gr. 3) on December 26. A $150,000 graded event was too tough, but the $82,000 class should continue to provide winninable opportunities. She will likely be tested by her neighbor in the gate on Sunday afternoon.
Make Mischief is a recent stakes winner on February 20 in the $100,000 Maddie May Stakes over Brattle House by a neck at the wire. That was the sixth race in seven attempts in her career that Make Mischief finished 2nd or better.
Her most recent outing was tough in the $250,000 Busher Invitational Stakes on March 6. She finished 5th which prompts a class drop to $82,000. This is the easiest event for Make Mischief since winning by 3 ½ lengths on January 31 in a $72,000 race. She should probably be the morning-line favorite and not Ice Princess today.
Race 7 – Haynesfield Stakes
Post Time: 4:24 p.m. EST
The feature race of the day is the Haynesfield Stakes, a mile event for a $100,000 purse. Outside of Tampa Bay Downs, this is the biggest stakes race on Sunday. My Boy Tate and Bankit should run a strong race, with South Africa likely not going away either. South Africa has been a consistent runner, nut is in tough Sunday.
My Boy Tate is 8 for 22 in his career, with numerous positive outings, including his most recent on February 15. He won the $100,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes over Big Engine by 1 ¼ lengths in a nice display. It was the first win for My Boy Tate since September 23.
This was after My Boy Tate was 4th in the $100,000 Say Florida Sandy Stakes on January 9. Then on January 2, My Boy Tate was 4th in a similar race. If My Boy Tate runs how he did in his most recent outing, then a win isn’t going to be that far away.
Bankit is 5 for 27 and hot at the moment with two straight wins on December 12 and February 20. He has finished top-3 in four straight outings, all stakes performances. Bankit beat Mr. Buff by 4 ¾ lengths in a $100,000 event, and then followed up for a 1 ¾ length win over Galerio in the $100,000 John. B Campbell Stakes on February 20. In top form at the moment, expect Bankit in the winner’s circle.