There are a few racecourses available for wagering on Monday at BetOnline. A newcomer that is beginning their winter meet on Monday is Turf Paradise in Phoenix. The desert is a perfect spot for a winter meet. The temperatures are perfect for a racehorse. Nobody likes running in high heat and humidity. Why no Las Vegas? The casinos have a stranglehold on the gambling industry and dictate what happens.
They don’t want any competition, and that includes horse racing and the lottery. If you’re from Nevada and like to play the lottery, you are familiar. Boyd and Caesars both own tracks across the US, though. Delta Downs, for instance, is a Boyd Gaming facility, while Indiana Grand is owned by Caesars, as a couple of examples. Delta Downs has a racecard on Monday and that’s where we’re heading to begin the day on Monday.
The Louisiana based track has nine races for a total of $216,000 in prize money. We’ll have more picks for Monday on our horse racing page if you are interested in more selections. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks on January 4, 2021.
Post Time: 12:55 p.m. CST
Race 1 will get us started at Delta Downs on Monday afternoon. This event covers a mile on the dirt for a $13,000 purse. Blue Bomber and Hatties Jewel should have a strong run going into the stretch in this race. Blue Bomber is a Robertino Diodoro horse and sure to impress. Overall, Blue Bomber is 14 for 57 in his career and looking good recently.
He has finished 1st and 2nd in his previous two outings. Blue Bomber beat Circle Away by 2 ½ lengths in a $9,800 event, and then came back on December 8 and placed 2nd behind Allidoisdreamofyou in a $13,000 race. He showed that he belongs up in class in that race, but came 3 ½ lengths away from a win. Blue Bomber will require a bit more to get into the winner’s circle on Monday.
Hatties Jewel should have a decent chance of getting there. He is coming off back-to-back wins on December 9 and December 22. In the first win, Hatties Jewel won by 2 ¼ lengths for a $12,000 purse over the heavy favorite, Apalachee Bay. To show that the win was no fluke, Hatties Jewel responded for another win on December 22. He beat Starship Zeus by 2 ¾ lengths for another $12,000 purse. Hatties Jewel is in fine enough form to get this $13,000 win on Monday.
Post Time: 1:49 p.m. CST
Race 3 is our next stop at Delta Downs on Monday. This event covers a mile on the dirt for a $35,000 purse. Ten horses are expected to participate. Morricone and Last to Know are going to be hot contenders in Race 3. Morricone will have to fight from the outside, but should be close on these terms.
He started off well with a couple of solid performances, placing 2nd and showing 3rd in his first two outings. In his best race, Morricone placed 2nd behind Heavy Duty by a neck in a $19,500 event, but then regressed to 3rd, 5th, 5th. In his most recent try, Morricone finished 5th on December 8 in a $35,000 event. He will attempt to give another $35,000 a go on Monday. This looks a bit easier, so Morricone should have a better opportunity.
Last to Know made an impressive debut on December 11 to place 2nd behind Perfect Perigee by a half length for a $20,000 purse. That was an encouraging debut for Last to Know. This is up in class for a $35,000 prize, but like I noted above, this is not going to be a tough assignment. He’s the only horse that has been able to get into the top-3 in recent starts in this field. Consider a single bet on Last to Know after the promising rookie run.
Post Time: 2:16 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 is for a $36,000 purse across 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Birdie Call and Twin Sisters should run a close race in this one and be involved in the stretch. Birdie Call will have to quickly fight from the outside in this 6 ½ event. She was a winner as a first-time runner on November 27 in a $35,000 event ahead of Scampering Grayce by 3 lengths.
That was an impressive debut. Since then, Birdie Call completed 4 furlongs in 50.80 seconds in December. She is going to have another chance for a win on Monday if she brings the same form to the equation. It’s going to be tough from the far outside in this one. Birdie Call had the benefit of starting closer to the inside in that outing.
Twin Sisters is dropping down in class after finishing 6th in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes on December 12. As a first-time runner on August 5, Twin Sisters was an impressive winner by 1 ½ lengths in a $32,000 event. She went stakes races after that outing and didn’t get as far. Back down to a winnable level, expect Twin Sisters to get back to the winner’s circle.