We will head to Louisiana for some racing in Vinton on Tuesday afternoon. Delta Downs is going to be the home of ten stakes races tomorrow. It’s one of the biggest days on the calendar for Delta Downs, as they’ll have ten stakes races, including the running of the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Championship.
There are six races with at least $100,000 in prize money available at Delta Downs on Wednesday. A total of over a million in money is going to be up for grabs in Vinton. That’s certainly not the case on Tuesday at Delta Downs. There is going to be racing, but for substantially less money. If we win then that’s all that matters, though.
We have nine races worth a total of $144,000 at Delta Downs on Tuesday. If you are looking for picks at Parx, then we have you covered in Philadelphia as well. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks for February 9, 2021.
Post Time: 2:16 p.m. CST
We will get started at Delta Downs in Vinton with a $15,000 race on the main track covering 5 furlongs. I’m looking at Malibu Jack and Riskey Trickey in this event. Malibu Jack is 1 for 9 in his career, with a win on September 2. He has gone 3rd, 5th, 6th, 12th, 2nd, 2nd in his next six performances after that win.
He’s been showing improved form after struggling for a couple of months. Malibu Jacked placed 2nd behind Fazio by a head on January 5 in a $12,000 assignment. That was encouraging just a few weeks after going 12th.
Malibu Jacked followed up to place 2nd behind Kensley’s Hippie by 2 lengths in another $12,000 outing. He might have to catch a break somewhere along the way, but should certainly be in the mix deep into the stretch. He will likely have to compete against Riskey Trickey in this spot.
Riskey Trickey is just 1 for 12 in his career, but showing incredible inconsistency recently. He’s gotten unlucky a couple of times, or would have more than one win on his resume. Riskey Trickey has placed 2nd in four straight outings.
In his most recent, he finished behind Leo Del Reo by 3 ¾ lengths after the winner held sway late. Riskey Trickey has been consistent in the $15,000 class, and his trainer is chasing a win now. Down to a more manageable level for a victory, look for Riskey Trickey to breakthrough.
Post Time: 4:07 p.m. CST
Race 8 is the feature race at Delta Downs for a $36,000 purse on Tuesday afternoon. Reach the Circle and Alterana are going to be tough runners in this race, with both a worthy chance of making it to the winner’s circle.
Reach the Circle is searching for a hat-trick after wins on December 29 and January 21. He’s been a winner in three of his previous four tilts. In his most recent two wins, Reach the Circle beat Spendaholic by a head in a $12,000 race, and then made it to the winner’s circle again in his most recent showing.
Reach the Circle defeated Seeley by a neck in a $14,000 event on January 21. He moved up in class slightly for that outing and still prevailed. However, this is a serious jump in class to a $36,000 race on Tuesday. We’re going to find out whether Reach the Circle is for real today.
He should be close, but suspect that this is going to be too tough. Alterana should provide Reach the Circle with a big challenge in the stretch. Alterana is 2 for 19 in his career, finishing 2nd, 5th, 2nd in his previous three performances.
Alterana is accustomed to competing at the $36,000 level. He placed 2nd behind Johnnysjourney by 2 ¾ lengths in a $36,000 race on December 7, three outings ago. Most recently, he placed 2nd behind Alluring Actor by 1 ¾ lengths in another $36,000 entry. He showed tremendous kick late, moving from 7th to 2nd in the stretch. That drive should be enough on these terms against this competition.
Post Time: 4:35 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
The final race at Delta Downs features a nine-horse field competing for a $13,000 purse across 6 ½ furlongs. Big Band’s Luck and Tin Delay should have an opportunity to find pay dirt in this one. Big Band’s Luck will have to fight hard from the outside, but should have something in the tank for the stretch run. He has finished 10th, 8th, 8th, 9th, 2nd in his career, placing 2nd in his most recent outing for the best effort of his career.
Big Band’s Luck placed 2nd behind Custom Kat by a half length in a $11,000 event. An effort like that puts Big Band’s Luck squarely in contention in Race 9. He immediately found success after dropping in class. This is slightly tougher, though likely won’t pose too many problems.
Tin Delay is winless in eight races in his career. However, he’s been showing terrific consistency, going 3rd, 3rd, 2nd in his previous three outings. Tin Delay has finished in the top-3 in five of his last six races. He looked good on February 1 to place 2nd behind Ready Redding by 1 ¾ lengths. Tin Delay will have to show some effort and not go through the motions, but a win should be within reach.