Tuesday is a decent day for racing, but you aren’t going to find a full card like we will on the weekend. The race of the weekend coming up is the $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (Gr. 2) at Fair Grounds Race Course. That’s a prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, with 170 points and an automatic ticket to the Kentucky Derby on the line. 100 points will go to the winner, while placing 2nd is a big deal in these 170-point races.
40 points is likely enough to be considered for the Kentucky Derby. The Louisiana Derby is the first 170-point race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. There are also seven 170-point races left on the schedule following the Louisiana Derby, so there are going to be a lot of opportunities coming up to find a way into the Run for the Roses. I will have a Kentucky Derby preview posted after the running of the Louisiana Derby. If you’ve been looking forward to the preview, it’s coming soon!
You aren’t going to find that on Tuesday, but hopefully another profitable day regardless. It was a big day at Delta Downs yesterday, with a sweep of three winners, including a 10/1 win on She’s the Boss. We’re back on Delta Downs looking to complete some multi-race bets. Head below for our free Delta Downs Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for March 16, 2021.
Post Time: 3:11 p.m. CST
The first leg of our multi-race bet at Delta Downs is Race 6. Remember that you can play two Daily Double tickets, the Pick 3, or just one if it makes you the most comfortable. For Race 6, we’re shortlisting Marvelous Red and Malibu Jack to come through with a win. Marvelous Red is a one-time winner, with a victory two outings ago on January 13 in a $10,000 event by 1 ¼ lengths.
Marvelous Red was unable to follow up in his next showing on February 9, though. He finished 5th in a $15,000 assignment. Overall, he’s gone 3rd, 5th, 4th, 7th, 1st, 5th in six races in his career. If Marvelous Red can regain some of the form that he had in January, then a win shouldn’t be too far away. Malibu Jack, who has been in more consistent form, could be the runner to watch out for from the outside.
Malibu Jack has one win as well, but has been coming close on a consistent basis recently in tougher events. He has placed 2nd in three straight outings. In his most recent, Malibu Jack placed behind D’yeti Man by 1 ¼ lengths for a $15,000 purse.
That was after Malibu Jack placed behind Kensley’s Hippie by 2 lengths in a similar assignment. For $275,000 Malibu Jack has been a disappointment, but should be able to run well against this field. There isn’t another horse in this group that has been able to run as consistently well as Malibu Jack has. He looks like the play to get this Pick 3 card started.
Post Time: 3:39 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 is a $19,000 event covering 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Ride to the Wire and Sir Smack are going to be tough to beat in this race. Those two could battle in the stretch for the win. Ride to the Wire is 3 for 16 in his career, with some decent results recently. He’s finished 1st, 4th, 1st, 4th, 2nd in his previous five performances.
Ride to the Wire most recently won three outings ago on June 6. He defeated Majestic Hero by 7 ½ lengths in a $9,500. That was much too easy for Ride to the Wire. He finished 4th and 2nd since then, placing 2nd on July 17 in his last race, so he’s coming off a layoff. In that race, Ride to the Wire placed behind Reddy to Bet by 2 ½ lengths for a $12,000 purse.
Sir Smack is feeling hot and needs one more win to complete a hat-trick. He’s gone 2nd, 1st, 1st in his last three and 3 for 8 overall. Sir Smack is in the form of his career at the moment, with a win on January 14 and then February 11 to follow up. In the first win, he beat Paint I Ain’t by 5 ¼ lengths easily in a $12,000 race as the heavy favorite. He completed the double with a half length win. Despite the class jump to $19,000, this isn’t a tough field. Sir Smack should pull this one out.
Post Time: 4:07 p.m. CST
In the final leg of our multi bets, Race 8 is a 5-furlong event on the dirt for a $41,000 purse, as the feature race at Delta Downs today. Itsnotmyjob and Nineoneoneprayer must be taken into consideration on Tuesday afternoon. Itsnotmyjob is 2 for 13 in her career and a consistent competitor.
She has gone top-3 in four straight performances, but hasn’t won since December 13, 2019, nine races ago. Itsnotmyjob is coming off a bold performance on February 23, though, placing 2nd behind Icy Charlie by 1 length in a $39,000 event.
That was a good go of it, and will certainly be close again with a similar performance. If Nineoneoneprayer missteps at all, Itsnotmyjob is the most likely to pickk up on that. Nineoneoneprayer should shake clear if she runs a clean race, though. She has finished 6th, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 2nd in her career, with three out of her last four placing or winning.
In her most recent victory, Nineoneoneprayer beat Sophisticated Girl by 6 ¼ lengths in a $17,000 event. Too easy. She came back in her latest outing to place 2nd behind Grillin by 1 ¼ lengths in a $38,000 race. Nineoneoneprayer will have to fight and possibly go all out, but I have her edging out Itsnotmyjob.