The Road to the Kentucky Derby is heating up with three 170-point races on the schedule Saturday. Two are in the US at Gulfstream Park and Turfway Park, while there’s another big race overseas in Dubai. All three races will award the winner 100 points towards the Kentucky Derby on May 1. That’s more than enough to earn a spot in the event.
The biggest race of them has to be the $750,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. That should be a good one in Hallandale Beach in front of fans, a year after nobody was there to watch. Along with the Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park has a massive card with eight other stakes races on Saturday. We’ll have the Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park covered at TheSportsGeek coming up this weekend.
Delta Downs has ten races on the card with a total of $253,000 in prize money available. You can find more horse racing picks from Oklahoma on our Will Rogers Downs page for Tuesday. We also have an early Kentucky Derby preview up at TheSportsGeek. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks for March 23, 2021.
Post Time: 1:49 p.m. CST
The feature race of the day at Delta Downs is Race 3, a $40,000 event covering 5 furlongs on the dirt. Track Smart and Sho Nuff should have something to say in the stretch. Track Smart has finished 4th, 2nd, 4th, 2nd in her career, placing 2nd in her most recent outing on February 8. She finished 4th in a $35,000 assignment on January 12, and then ran a better race a month later.
Down in class to a $22,000 race in that race, Track Smart was better suited there placing 2nd behind Building Home by 1 ¼ lengths. I’m not so sure that was what her connections were looking for, though. Track Smart was the betting favorite in that assignment, so it didn’t go as expected. In any case, she was able to pick up place money in a step in a better direction.
Sho Nuff should be the horse to beat in Race 3. She has gone 5th, 6th, 2nd in her career, showing improvement in her most recent outing. Sho Nuff finished 6th in a $50,000 event on January 14, and then placed 2nd behind Maggie’s Return by 1 ¾ lengths in a $37,000 outing on February 24. Her form indicates a win should be right there for the taking on Tuesday afternoon.
Post Time: 2:16 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 is a $18,000 event on the dirt covering 6 ½ furlongs. This is a race that should come down to Love and Lemons and Silent Trick in the stretch run. Love and Lemons is 3 for 30 in her career, going 3rd, 6th, 9th, 4th in her previous four performances.
She hasn’t been running consistently at all, as you can see. Love and Lemons most recent win was on August 25 at Louisiana Downs in a $8,500 event. Since then, Love and Lemons has gone winless in six races. In her most recent showing, she finished 4th for a $13,000 purse on January 27.
This has been a huge disappointment for a $170,000 horse. She’s struggling in lower classes after a lot more was expected from her. She took a bit of time off and has looked better in workouts, so hopefully that will do the trick. Love and Lemons should have something more to give on Tuesday.
Silent Trick is 3 for 17 in her career, and currently in the best form out of any horse in this event. She has finished top-2 in three straight outings, with a win on February 9. Silent Trick beat Queen Gigi by ¾ lengths in a $12,000 race. That was followed up by placing 2nd on March 1 in a $15,000 event. A similar effort should be enough for a win on these terms.
Post Time: 4:35 p.m. CST
A 5-furlong race for a $30,000 purse is the scene for Race 9 at Delta Downs on Tuesday afternoon. Madelyn’s Wild Max has been on fire and looking for more success on Tuesday. He will likely be tested by Big Em C in the stretch. Big Em C has finished top-2 in three straight performances, including a win on January 20.
He won that race over I Want a Picture by a nose in a $24,000 event. Following the win, Big Em C moved down to a $17,000 event in search of an easier win, though it didn’t work out placing 2nd behind Royal Privacy by 2 ¼ lengths on February 4. He came back on March 10 and placed 2nd, this time in a $24,000 event by 2 ½ lengths.
Madelyn’s Wild Max has been hot with three straight wins from February 10 to March 2. She started with a win in the $40,000 LA Bred Premier Rajun Cajun Starter Stakes, and then followed up for a $39,000 win by a length. In her most recent effort, Madelyn’s Wild Max recorded a 1 length win over Lunar Light. She has wins in four of her previous six, and top-3 in all six performances. Madelyn’s Wild Max should continue to cash in at this level.