Another day and two more cards to handicap on Monday on the racetrack in the US. This past weekend was Saudi Cup Day in Saudi Arabia. We had a big upset in the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup, as Mishriff held off Charlatan to win in an upset. Mishriff takes home half of the $20,000,000 purse to leave the Americans shocked. Knicks Go and Charlatan were both heavily liked by the public, but didn’t have enough to win. With the Saudi Cup in the books, we inch closer to Derby season in the US. We’re only a month away from the first 100-point prep race at Fair Grounds Race Course. There is nothing like that on Monday, but there are still three tracks available for wagering at BetOnline.
We’re in the desert and deep south on Monday, with a few selections at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, and three more horses in Vinton, Louisiana at Delta Downs. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks for February 22, 2021.
Post Time: 1:22 p.m. MST
We will get going at Delta Downs with Race 2, a 5-furlong event on the dirt for a $39,000 purse. Seven runners are scheduled to run, with Reach the Circle and Madelyn’s Wild Max combining for a pretty tough team to beat. Madelyn’s Wild Max is 18 for 78 in his career, finishing 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 1st in his previous four outings. He has been in great form as of late, and since late 2019, Madelyn’s Wild Max has been in the top-3 in 11 of 13 performances.
In his most recent showing, Madelyn’s Wild Max defeated Whacuposblygorwing by a neck inthe $40,000 LA Bred Premier Ragin Starter Stakes. After this long of a career, it took Madelyn’s Wild Max to enter a stakes race on the 78th entry. He can say that he’s perfect in his stakes career, as a one-time winner in one race. Madelyn’s Wild Max should be able to keep up in this race with a good chance of taking a trip to the winner’s circle.
Reach the Circle should join Madelyn’s Wild Max to make for a tough coupled pair on Monday in Race 2. Reach the Circle is 5 for 22 in his career and on a heater. He is a winner in three straight races, and is 3 for 4 in his previous four performances. In his most recent showing, Reach the Circle beat Hail State by a half length in a $36,000 assignment on January 21. Prior to that win, he beat Seeley by a neck in a $14,000 event. The 1 and 1A horses look like the best in this field.
Post Time: 3:39 p.m. CST
In the seventh race of the afternoon at Delta Downs, ten horses are expected to run a mile on the dirt for a $20,000 purse. We will be shortlisting Greeley’s Dealer and Magic Vow for the win. Note that Exton is reserved right now, so if Greeley’s Dealer is scratched, Exton will take that spot. Magic Vow is 9 for 43 in his career and coming off one of the better runs of his career.
He beat Meditate by a head for a $14,000 purse on February 1. That was just a bit too easy to test Magic Vow, though. He goes up to a $20,000 event on Monday, which shouldn’t be overly tough, but is going to be more difficult than what he experienced in the race a few weeks ago. Greeley’s Dealer should have a strong run in this race.
Greeley’s Dealer is 11 for 40, and coming off a win in the $50,000 LA Bred Premier Gentlemen Starter Stakes on February 10. That was hugely impressive, and a nice return to form after finishing 7th in an earlier start on January 18. That was a big miss as a favorite in a $24,000 event. However, Greeley’s Dealer appears to be back on track now. Exton is a winner in three of his previous four entries.
Exton is coming off a win on January 18 over Lucky Inferno by a half length in a $18,000 assignment. Overall, Exton is 7 for 29 in his career. If he is pressed into duty today and has the reserved tag removed from his name, expect Exton to put forth an honest effort for the top prize in Race 7.
Post Time: 4:07 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 8 is a $14,000 event on the dirt covering 6 ½ furlongs. Nine horses are expected to participate, with another coupled team included in this race. J S Bach and ZipZaptime should both have serviceable opportunities to win in this spot. J S Bach is 8 for 38 in his career, but hasn’t looked great recently. He has finished 5th, 4th, 6th, 8th in his previous four outings. Since winning on August 22, J S Bach has looked weak out there.
J S Bach finished 8th in his most recent assignment on February 1 in his debut at Delta Downs. He is used to running at Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct, and Saratoga briefly. Delta Downs is supposed to bring easier opportunities, but in the first instance, J S Bach didn’t look good. I feel more confident about Zipzaptime, who has been in better form recently.
Zipzaptime is 4 for 22 in his career and had one of the better efforts of his career recently. He beat Rosslare Harbour by 5 ¾ lengths in an impressive wire-to-wire victory in a $13,000 event. The win was never in doubt for Zipzaptime in that race, as he was clear from the start.
There was evidence of improved form prior to that race. After finishing 6th and 10th in back-to-back outings, Zipzaptime showed 3rd in a $13,000 race, and then broke through for a win on January 19. I like the direction that ZipZaptime is going. This looks like another good spot for him.