Two more racecourses are covered at TheSportsGeek on Thursday, as we continue our horse racing betting series. We have a couple of picks at Aqueduct, and three more at Delta Downs in Louisiana on Thursday. BetOnline has nine racetracks for wagering today. If you don’t like what you see at Aqueduct or Delta Downs, then there are a lot of other options out there in the US on Thursday.
Don’t forget that thoroughbred racing is widely available throughout the UK and Australia as well in the early morning hours. If you are a night owl, then Australia has you covered with usually at least three tracks. Australia B, Australia C, and Australia D are available for betting at BetOnline.
Delta Downs hits the track on Thursday with $164,000 available in purse money. There are a total of nine events available for betting at Delta Downs. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks for December 17, 2020.
Post Time: 12:55 p.m. CST
The first race of the afternoon at Delta Downs has 5 furlongs of racing for a $24,000 purse. This is one of the biggest races at Delta Downs on Thursday. Toni’s Star and K D Street are on my shortlist for the event. Toni’s Star has been in good form recently, which includes a win in his most recent outing December 2. Toni’s Star dispatched Riskey Trickey by 1 length in a $15,000 event. Prior to that effort, Toni’s Star came ¾ lengths away from Sho Mo the Money in a $8,500 race.
The win after going up in class was encouraging. He’s going to need more in this race, but it could certainly happen to get a win here. Overall, he is 2 for 11 in his career, and will have to deal with K D Street, but should find some of the other horses beatable. K D Street has a 50% strike rate, with two wins in four outings. He is a winner in two of his previous three, with a win on August 3 at Laurel Park in a $14,160 event by 8 lengths. It wasn’t close, as K D Street ran up the score for an easy win.
K D Street ran well in his debut at Delta Downs recently. He jumped up in class following the blowout win, and a $24,000 race didn’t bother him either. K D Street beat Baudette Blizzard by a half length to prove that he’s in great form right now. I will give the nod to K D Street, though he’s going to have to fight for it and likely isn’t going to run up another 8 length win in this class.
Post Time: 1:22 p.m. CST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
We head to the next race at Delta Downs on Thursday afternoon for a $24,000 purse. This is a 7 ½ furlong event on the dirt. Greeley’s Dealer and Much Class are expected to run well, especially in the stretch where it matters most. Greeley’s Dealer is looking to get back into the winner’s circle after going winless in four straight events. In his most recent win, Greeley’s Dealer won on December 11, 2019 at Delta Downs, so it’s been a while.
Greeley’s Dealer beat Masterly by 1 ¼ lengths in a $21,000 event, and then hasn’t been back to the top-3 since. He’s finished 4th, 6th, 4th, 4th in his previous four performances. Greeley’s Dealer was 4th in his most recent outing in a $20,000 event. He just hasn’t been getting very far recently. Greeley’s Dealer met with Much Class in that race, and Much Class ran much better. Much Class was a winner by a neck, and just over 4 lengths ahead of Greeley’s Dealer.
Much Class is 6 for 29 in his career, including two wins in his previous three races. He won on October 23 over Contraction by 5 ½ lengths in a $11,000 event. In his most recent race, he beat Greeley’s Dealer easily and got the win over Guitarzan by a neck for the top prize out of a $20,000 purse. This looks like a spot where Much Class should be able to record another win on Thursday.
Post Time: 2:43 p.m. CST
One more selection at Delta Downs on Thursday. Race 5 is the feature race of the afternoon, with a $30,000 purse on the line. One Time Gem and Race Craft should be noted on the watchlist for this event. One Time Gem showed nice steps forward on September 16 after finishing 10th as a first-time runner on August 13.
That was a $29,000 event and it proved to be a bit too tough. In any case, rookie races can always be a crapshoot. One Time Gem was able to recover in his next performance and get into better standing. He placed 2nd behind Standing Perfect by 1 ¼ lengths in a $19,500 event. That was a much better effort for One Time Gem after dropping classes.
One Time Gem moves back up in class, so we’ll see if that effort carries over to Thursday in a $30,000 event. His biggest competition is likely going to be Race Craft. Race Craft has finished 4th, 11th, 2nd, 2nd in his career. He’s placed 2nd in back-to-back races, which includes his most recent outing on December 4. Race Craft was 3 ½ lengths in a $29,000 race. He’s ran at his best in this class, so a solid outing shouldn’t be a surprise. I’d back Race Craft for a win in Race 5.