The Super Bowl might be in the books, but the beat goes on Monday and beyond. March Madness is quickly approaching, so there is that to look forward to soon in just over a month. There is enough horse racing on Monday to handicap that should provide some winning opportunities on the racetrack. That includes a rare appearance by Aqueduct Racetrack on a Monday.
The Sunday card was pushed back because of a snowstorm, but they’re expected to complete eight races on Monday at Aqueduct Racetrack. If you are looking for stakes racing this week, you can find it at Delta Downs on Wednesday. Delta Downs is going to have ten stakes races on Wednesday. The running of the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Championship if the feature race for that card.
As far as Monday is concerned, Delta Downs has nine races on the agenda worth a total of $148,000. That gets kicked up to $805,000 on Wednesday for the stakes day. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks for February 8, 2021.
Post Time: 12:55 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Our day will start at Delta Downs with Race 1. This event is worth $13,000 covering 6 ½ furlongs on the main track. Swanee Beach and Malibu Midnight are expected to be close in the stretch. Swanee Beach has finished 4th, 8th, DNF, 2nd in four races. She was in good shape in her most recent outing on January 20. Swanee Beach placed 2nd behind Charlie Roads by 6 ¾ lengths in a $13,000 event.
That’s the best showing for Swanee Beach in her career thus far. Prior to that outing, Swanee Beach was unable to get into the top-3. She should be able to come close on these terms again on Monday. However, I think improvement is going to be needed for Swanee Beach to arrive in the winner’s circle. Malibu Midnight has finished 2nd, 3rd, 6th in her career.
She didn’t look good at all in her most recent showing. Malibu Midnight finished 6th on January 6 in a $30,000 assignment. That was too tough, so Malibu Midnight slides back down. In her best effort, she placed 2nd behind Tiz Forever by 4 lengths in a $36,000 race. She has proven to be good at much higher levels than a $13,000 race, and should benefit from racing against easier competition today.
Post Time: 2:43 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 5 is another $13,000 event at Delta Downs, and the same distance at 6 ½ furlongs. Nine horses are expected to participate in the event, with Catch This Star and Redoux likely having a good shot at winning the top prize. Catch This Star is winless in five outings and has yet to get into the top-3.
He finished 4th in his most recent appearance on January 7. That was a $18,000 event, so Catch This Star drops in class to a $13,000 event. This is going to be the easiest race of his career thus far. If Catch This Star doesn’t show improvement in this class that would be disappointing. Redoux has been a bit all over through seven-career races.
In his previous three entries since December, Redoux has finished 4th, 6th, 2nd. He placed 2nd behind Phraseologism by a head in a $18,000 event. That sort of effort would be more than enough to find a lane for Redoux to get to the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 4:07 p.m. CST
This is our third and final selection at Delta Downs, and another $13,000 event in Louisiana. 11 horses are scheduled to run in the race, with Debonnaire Dude and Front Page likely getting close in the stretch run. Front Page is 3 for 21 in his career, and has been in fine form recently. He has finished 1st, 4th, 2nd, 6th in his last four. Inconsistent but certainly talented enough to win in this event.
Front Page won on September 14, beating Nine Is Mine by 3 ¾ lengths in a $8,500 race. He has gone 4th, 2nd, 6th in his last three entries. Front Page didn’t look great in his most recent showing on December 15. He was 6th in the $13,000 event. This is a $325,000 horse that has had a really disappointing start to his career so far. For that price, you expect some stakes races, but he’s been struggling to win at the maiden claiming level.
Debonnaire Dude gets the inside route out of the gate along the rail. He is searching for a hat-trick after winning on January 7 and January 28. Note that Debonnaire Dude is a winner in three of his previous four entries, and top-2 in all four races. In his last two races, Debonnaire Dude beat Charming Bullet by 1 ¼ lengths in a $12,000 event, and then followed up for another win on January 28 over Bluewater Cat by 2 ¾ lengths in the same class. Slightly up on Monday, this shouldn’t give him too many problems. If all goes well for Debonnaire Dude, he should be going back to the winner’s circle today.