There is a full card of racing on Friday after finding a lot of success in Houston on Thursday evening. Three horses and three winners to sweep at Sam Houston Race Park. It can’t get much better than that. Maybe a big underdog cashing would have been the cherry on top, but we’ll take the three winners and move on to the next day on Friday. We are inching closer to a big day on Saturday. If you’re a horse racing fan, this is a Road to the Kentucky Derby day that you must pay attention to. There are three prep races in the US, the biggest of prep races with three events with 100 points going to the winning team.
There are a few stakes races on the card in the country Friday. We have one of them covered on the grass at Keeneland in Lexington. Keeneland is home to the Blue Grass Stakes (Gr. 2) tomorrow, which if you’re watching any race, the Blue Grass has to be the event to watch. We go from Keeneland in the afternoon to down in class to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town on Friday night in the evening hours. Charles Town has eight races worth a total of $138,000 in West Virginia. HEad below for our free Charles Town picks for April 2, 2021.
Post Time: 7:32 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We will skip Race 1 and go to the next race at Charles Town to get started on Friday night. Six horses are expected to participate in this $14,000 assignment. You can circle Lion Lord and Wall as strong contenders to win the race. It’s certainly hard to completely write off Wall at 5/1.
Wall has been in good form recently, and is looking to get back into the winner’s circle for the first time since October 24. Since then, Wall finished 4th, 2nd, 3rd in three races. Wall edged out Looks Good by a neck for a $12,800 purse, but has been looking for the winner’s circle again.
He is coming off a 3rd place showing on February 26. Wall finished 3rd in the $14,500 event. It was a fine attempt, but Wall was well off the pace by around 6 lengths. Lion Lord will look to pull away from Wall and keep him there on Friday.
Lion Lord is 10 for 33 in his career, and is fresh off a win in his latest outing on January 28. He beat Cause for Surprise by ¾ lengths for a $13,000 purse. Lion Lord was the leader by a half length at the ¼ pole, 3 lengths going into the stretch, and then held on for the win. I don’t know if anyone can touch him if he runs like that on Friday.
Post Time: 8:02 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 3 goes for 1 1/16 miles on the dirt for a $12,500 purse. It’s a small field with five runners expected to play in this event. Upsy Daisy Do and Old Line Magic should have claims in this race for the top prize. Upsy Daisy Do is a two-time winner through 27 races, which doesn’t sound like much, but in nice form at the moment and consistent. She has finished top-3 in four straight performances, with a win on January 8.
Upsy Daisy Do defeated Lady Madison by a half length for a $11,500 purse, and followed up to go 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in her previous three entries. She showed 3rd on March 18 in her most recent entry for a $12,000 purse. It was adequate, and expect Upsy Daisy Do to be close again, but more will be required to get a win.
Old Line Magic has finished 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 6th, 1st, 2nd, so top-2 in six of seven outings isn’t a bad look at all. In her win two races back, Ole Line Magic beat Afandi by 1 ¼ lengths in a $11,000 event. That was nice form, with Old Line Magic came back to place 2nd behind Uncut by a half length in a $12,000 race. Anything less than a win on these terms Friday would be disappointing for her connections.
Post Time: 10:02 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We will wrap up the day at Charles Town on Friday evening with Race 7. This is the feature event at Hollywood Casino tonight. Six horses will run for a $24,500 purse in this assignment. Cayenne Creek and Super Garner should have a place at the front in the stretch. Cayenne Creek was on a nice run from September 25 to January 6, finishing 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st in five entries.
In his most recent win, Cayenne Creek beat Opera Nite by 1 ¼ lengths for a $32,000 purse in an upset. Cayenne Creek was one of the biggest underdogs in the race with a closing price of 13.75. Was it a fluke win, though? The next performance for Cayenne Creek might have revealed the answer. Cayenne Creek couldn’t keep up with the field, finishing 5th, next to last, in a $32,000 event.
Super Garner has been on fire with three straight wins going into Friday. He’s staying in class after torching the competition on March 5. Super Garner cleared the field with an 8 length win over Scottish Man for a $24,500 purse. He was clear by 4 lengths going into the stretch and carried on for an easy win. Prior to that victory, Super Garner defeated Jeffery Scott by 7 lengths in another $24,500 race. It’s hard to ignore his form right now, and could need a class jump if he does the same tonight.