We are back to begin the first week after Christmas at Fair Grounds Race Course and Delta Downs. We have three selections at Fair Grounds in Louisiana to get your afternoon started. And if you want even more horse racing picks, then we have you covered at Delta Downs. Delta Downs is also a Louisiana based track, so Louisiana racing fans have something to be excited about on Monday. The weekend was all about Charlatan.
The much anticipated battle between Nashville and Charlatan resulted in a big win for Bob Baffert’s barn. Charlatan showed that he has no ill effects from the layoff and is going to be a major threat going forward. It wasn’t exactly the duel that everyone anticipated in the stretch. Nashville faded while Charlatan didn’t have to deal with him much on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Nashville is still a very strong horse and will likely bounce back in the future, though.
Delta Downs has a total of nine races on the schedule for $166,000 in prize money. I have a couple of horses that I like at Delta Downs in a Daily Double mult-bet. For three more selections on Monday. be sure to check out our Fair Grounds page. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks on December 28, 2020.
Post Time: 2:43 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 5 is our first selection at Delta Downs on Monday afternoon. This race covers 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt track for a $30,000 purse. This is the second biggest purse on the schedule at Delta Downs. We should have a good race between Crimson Storm and Bluegrass Pharoah on the inside. Crimson Storm is coming off the best race of his career on December 16 after finishing 5th, 8th, 5th, 5th to open his young career.
Crimson Storm placed 2nd behind Dried Pepper by 2 ¾ lengths in a $18,000 event. That was a nice performance, but we’ll see how Crimson Storm does back up in class. The colt was running in this class earlier in the year and didn’t go anywhere. If he built up some confidence in that race and continues to show improvement, then another good showing is going to be in his future on Monday.
If he can get into a duel with Bluegrass Pharoah and catch a break somewhere along the way, a win shouldn’t be far away. The key is a break, though, Bluegrass Pharoah has finished in the top-3 in three out of four-career races. Bluegrass Pharaoh had the best run of his career on October 21, placing 2nd at Indiana Grand in a $31,00 event.
Bluegrass Pharoah was 4 lengths behind heavy favorite Privet Moon. He showed 3rd in his next performance for a $30,000 prize on November 24. Bluegrass Pharoah was in good form on December 19 in a 4-furlong workout with a time of 51 seconds. He has the most experience running well in this class, and should be able to show this field up on Monday afternoon.
Post Time: 3:11 p.m. CST
The second leg of our Daily Double at Delta Downs on Monday afternoon is a mile event for $12,000 in prize money. This is going to be an all out battle between Madison’s Wild One and Panterita in the stretch. Madison’s Wild One is a consistent runner that is going to be up front again is the mare runs her race.
She has finished in the top-2 in six straight performances, having won on September 2 at Louisiana Downs over Breezin’ Bye You by 7 ¼ lengths in a blowout. Madison’s Wild One returned to the track on September 15 to place 2nd behind Dabblin Channel by 4 ½ lengths. All of her success has come in lower classes, so we’ll see what this class hike does to her form on Monday.
Panterita is going in the opposite direction than Madison’s Wild One. Instead of moving up in class, Panterita slides down to a more manageable level on Monday. She has finished 5th, 6th, 4th, 6th in her previous events. Panterita was a winner on July 23 in a $22,000 event by 1 ¼ lengths. Since then, Panterita has come up empty, though.
In her most recent performance, she finished 6th in a $20,000 event. Panterita was one of the favorites in that race, but ran with the underdogs near the back. She defeated four rivals, though well back of a win. Hence here we are on Monday with Panterita running in a $12,000 event. This is the easiest of her career. Overall, she is 2 for 11 in her career, and should find this to be a winnable race at Delta Downs.