BetOnline has three more cards from Parx, Turf Paradise, and Delta Downs on Tuesday. It isn’t the busiest day for horse racing, but there is still going to be an opportunity to cash in and find some winners. The running of the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (Gr. 2) is the main event of the weekend. The race also comes with 50 points to put towards the Kentucky Derby. The winner wins 50 points, while 2nd 20 points, 3rd 10 points, and finishing 4th still earns something at 5 points. TheSportsGeek will have an early Kentucky Derby preview up at the blog in the coming weeks. Our preview of the 2020 Kentucky Derby nailed a winner on Authentic, so hopefully we can do the same this year.
Our first stop on Tuesday is at Delta Downs in Louisiana. Delta Downs has ten races on the dirt Tuesday with a total of $220,000 in prize money. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks for February 23, 2021.
Post Time: 1:22 p.m. CST
Race 2 is $1,000 short of being the co-feature race of the afternoon at Delta Downs. Ten horses are scheduled to run in this event, with Nineoneoneprayer and Grillin held in high regard in this race. Nineoneprayer is trying a trickier race on Tuesday after having success recently. She’s off to a nice start to her career going 6th, 1st, 3rd, 1st in four entries.
Nineoneoneprayer first landed in the winner’s circle on February 19. She beat Golden Smiles by a head in a $15,000 event to win as a sophomore runner. Nineoneoneprayer came back to show 3rd in in a $24,000 event, and then found the winner’s circle most recently on January 19 in a $17,000 race. That was a tidy 6 ¼ length win for Nineoneoneprayer to get her into a bigger event today.
This is going to be more difficult, and Grillin might have the talent to not be bothered in a $38,000 race. Grillin is 3 for 9 in her career and in the top-3 in five straight performances. She ran in a stakes race her last time out, showing 3rd in the $40,000 LA Bred Premier Bon Temps Starter Stakes. In her most recent win, Grillin cleared Starbuck Luck by a half length in a $15,000 event. Her experience against stronger opponents should help her.
Post Time: 3:43 p.m. CST
Race 7 is a $16,000 event on the dirt for covering 5 furlongs. Kleinmeister and Milana are open to win this race on Tuesday afternoon. Kleinmeister has finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 8th in her career. She was consistently going about her business, placing 2nd behind Faith and Fire on January 25 by 1 ¾ lengths in a $13,000 event.
Following that effort, Kleinmeister struggled in his most recent outing, finishing 8th in a $30,000 attempt. That was much too tough, so it’s back down in class for Kleinmeister. This should be more than manageable on these terms Tuesday afternoon. Kleinmeister should be expected to come close in this performance.
Milana has finished 7th, 2nd, 4th in her career. She looked great on November 22 in a $29,500 event to place 2nd behind Polished Gem by 5 lengths. Milana had a 9 length advantage on the show horse, so she was easily the second best runner in that assignment. She followed up to finish 4th on January 31 in a $24,000 outing. Down in class for the easiest outing of her career, expect Milana to clear in the stretch.
Post Time: 4:07 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Our final selection at Delta Downs is 6 ½ furlongs for a $24,000 purse. Ten horses are scheduled to run in this one. Consider a look on Tabia and Gotta Go to win this race. Tabia is in good form and has finished top-3 in seven straight entries, and top-2 in 6 of 7 performances.
That includes four wins along the way, most recently on January 7 in a $31,000 event over Cantrell Hill by a half length. That was an impressive effort for the $650,000 Tabia. It would be hard to ignore his presence in this race, but Gotta Go will certainly provide a big challenge. Gotta Go is in nice form as well, finishing top-2 in 8 of his last 10 and top-3 in all ten performances.
That stretch also includes six wins. In his latest win, Gotta Go defeated Above Board by 10 lengths in a blowout for a $20,000 purse. She was clear going into the stretch by 5 lengths and built on the lead. In her most recent showing, Gotta Go finished 3rd in a $33,000 event. Gotta Go and Tabia are likely going to converge in the stretch run and battle it out. I would side with the horse that will likely carry better value in Tabia to win.