Monday is always a quiet day on the track, but we have a decent selection this week with five racecourses available for wagering in the US. That’s not including the harness racing tracks that are available for betting as well. There is plenty of racing from the south on this card, with Will Rogers Downs, Delta Downs, Louisiana Downs, and Turf Paradise all in action.
The furthest racecourse operating in the north on Monday can be found in Philadelphia at Parx. At least what you are going to find at BetOnline. We have Turf Paradise covered with two quarter horse and one thoroughbred race in the desert. Delta Downs, which I’ve had a good time at and profited in the past, is also in our crosshairs on Monday. Delta Downs has ten races on the agenda with $259,000 in prize money up for grabs. That’s about the average purse for a day of racing at Delta Downs in Louisiana. Head below for our free Delta Downs picks for March 29, 2021.
Post Time: 1:51 p.m. CST
Race 3 covers a mile on the dirt for a $20,000 purse. Eight runners are expected to participate in this one. Back Inthat Action and Star Fashion should be in the mix in the stretch run. Back Inthat Action has been held winless in six-career races. He showed 3rd in back-to-back attempts on March 3 and March 16.
In the first of two, Back Inthat Action showed 3rd in a $16,000 event, and then did the same in a $20,000 event most recently on the 16th. It was a close race, with Back Inthat Action held out of the winner’s circle by a length. Another run like that will put Back Inthat Action awfully close to a win on Monday afternoon.
Star Fashion is 6th, 4th, 2nd, 2nd in her career, placing 2nd in back-to-back races going into Monday. She placed behind Lil Eva Jane by 2 ½ lengths in a $22,000 event, and then came back to miss out by a head for a $16,000 purse. She rallied in that race, but needed more down the stretch. She draws a favorable post position in the No. 2 hole and should be in a position to win.
Post Time: 4:07 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 8 is a $19,000 event that runs for 6 ½ furlongs on Monday afternoon. Maintenance Matt and Dixie Street likely become acquainted with one another in the stretch. Maintainance Matt is 3 for 18 in his career, and coming off a win on March 14 at Fair Grounds. He’s gone 1st, 6th, 2nd, 1st in his previous four outings for a respectable stretch for him since December.
In his latest trip, Maintainance Matt beat Twilight Fantasy by 1 ¼ lengths in a $21,000 assignment. Prior to that win, Maintainance Matt placed 2nd behind D Two by a neck in a $19,000 race. You have to acknowledge his presence in this before the gate opens for Race 8. He’s going to have to fight from the outside and likely through traffic to land in the winner’s circle.
Dixie Street is a three-time winner through 12 events, finishing top-3 in five straight performances. He’s a winner in two of his previous three entries, winning by 6 ½ lengths over Commander Scott for a $21,000 purse, and then most recently, a head win over Outlaw X. up in class for a $61,000 purse. Instead of staying up there chasing big money, Dixie Street is down to the $19,000 level Monday after a transfer from Fair Grounds to Delta Downs. This should be winnable.
Post Time: 4:35 p.m. CST
In the feature race at Delta Downs, there is a mile of racing for a $41,000 purse. Three Run Homer and Meditate are likely going to have their say in the stretch in this event. Three Run Homer is 6 for 20 in his career, which dates back to January 19, 2019.
He went six straight races before finding a win, but is coming off a nice win on March 15. Classic Greeley by 2 ½ lengths for a $29,000 purse in an upset. He was not expected to have a run like, though we have noticed some improvement from Three Run Homer recently.
Three Run Homer went 8th and 8th before showing 3rd on February 22 in a $20,000 event, and then came through for the win most recently. If Three Run Homer continues to get stronger then a win shouldn’t be too out of reach. He’s going to need to be better in this rematch against Meditate, though. Meditate beat Three Run Homer by a half length and head in that February 22 assignment.
He has finished in the top-3 in three straight performances and four of his previous five races. Following the win in February, Meditate showed 3rd in a $41,000 race on March 18. This should be easier despite the same class. He’s the only horse that has experience running well in a $41,000 class. Meditate also got lucky drawing the inside rail from the No. 1 post position.