Another day and another day of racing at the track. Despite Covid-19, horse racing has never been completely dark throughout the season. Horse racing is the only sport in North America that didn’t miss a day. There was always at least one racecourse with a card dating back to the spring when everything was closed. Christmas is the only day I can recall in 2020 that didn’t have any racing. The stakes schedule has been quiet throughout December, but January marks the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes.
The $3,000,000 race is the biggest since the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Charlatan showed recently in the Malibu Stakes that he’s capable of winning a big race. He returned to the track and blasted past Nashville who went into that event with plenty of hype. Expect to see Charlatan in a much bigger stakes race the next time he’s entered.
We have two race tracks covered on Wednesday in the US. If you are looking for Parx picks in Philadelphia, then you are in luck because we have three horses on the east coast. Delta Downs deep in the south of Louisiana is also racing on Wednesday, hopefully with some winners for us. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks for December 30, 2020.
Post Time: 12:55 p.m. CST
Race 1 will get us started at Delta Downs on Wednesday. For a $13,000 purse, 11 horses will run a mile on the dirt over a mile. River Rain and With a Whisper are likely winners in Race 1. River Rain showed great improvement after finishing 8th on March 29 in a $23,000 event. She didn’t belong in that race, but with her debut out of the way and down in class, River Rain placed 2nd behind Bigjim’s Silvergal by 4 ¾ lengths in a $13,000 event. That was much better for River Rain and should be able to compete nicely in this race as well. She will likely have to show improvement to win, but River Rain appears open to that.
With a Whisper has been showing nice improvement going 5th, 4th, 3rd in the first three races of her career. She showed nice drive to finish 3rd in her most recent performance on November 27. With a Whisper showed 3rd for a $14,000 purse after steadying out going into the stretch. According to the money that went into that race, With a Whisper finished just about where she was expected to finish. The competition in this race is pretty weak compared to her first three outings. Any sign of improvement would land With a Whisper in the winner’s circle on Wednesday afternoon.
Post Time: 1:22 p.m. CST
Our next stop at Delta Downs is Race 2, which runs for 5 furlongs on the dirt for a $20,000 prize. Man Camp and Big Em C are likely going to get into a battle in the stretch. Man Camp is 7 for 26 in his career and on a good run. He won on November 27 for a $36,000 purse and a $37,000 purse on December 9 most recently.
Man Camp beat Reddy to Bet by 1 ¼ lengths for a wire-to-wire win. He was a slight second favorite in that race and was not expected to win in that fashion. Note that Man Camp has finished in the top-3 in four out of his last five races. Big Em C is 9 for 37 in his career and is on a six-race winless streak going into Wednesday.
In his most recent win, Big Em C defeated I Want a Picture in the $50,000 LA Bred Premier Night Ragin Cajun Starter Stakes on February 8. In eight straight races, Big Em C was in the top-3. However, that form has been missed recently. He has finished 4th, 5th, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 3rd. Big Em C showed 3rd most recently in a $17,000 event. Man Camp is in the better form right now, and I feel inclined to back him and what should be a better price at post time.
Post Time: 4:35 p.m. CST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
Race 9 is for a $12,000 purse covering 7 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Miss Sooner Girl and Ebony Bay should have a chance to strike in the stretch in this race. Miss Sooner Girl is 1 for 11 in her career and isn’t coming off her best run, but should be able to do better in this class. She finished 7th in a $14,000 event, but should bounce back here. Prior to that performance, Miss Sooner Girl showed 3rd in a $18,000 race. That’s what her connections are expecting, and if she performs at this level in this race, a win shouldn’t be too far away for Miss Sooner Girl.
Ebony Bay is 1 for 8 in her career and has been in the best of form recently. She has finished in the top-2 in five straight performances. In her win on August 15, Ebony Bay beat Glorious Tapizar by 4 ½ lengths in a $10,800 event. She last went to the gate on December 2 and ran well in that race. Ebony Bay placed 2nd behind Wild Prospect by a nose in a similar class. This race is slightly up in class, but the competition isn’t much tougher at all. After just missing out on a win, I have confidence in Ebony Bay scoring on Wednesday.