Evangeline Downs is the final racetrack of the day to begin racing on Wednesday. The evening card will start at 5:50 CST in Louisiana. They just opened their season a few weeks ago after waiting three months. Their meet was postponed because of Covid-19, but everything has been running smoothly since opening on June 5.
As far as I’m aware, Evangeline Downs is still preventing fans from attending. If you are looking to go out to a track and bet on some racing, it’s really hit and miss throughout the country. It’s all dependent on where you are located. The latest Triple Crown news is that Belmont Stakes winner, Tiz the Law, will point to the Travers for his next start.
The Travers Stakes will take place on August 8 at Saratoga. The winner of the Grade 1 event will be awarded 100 points towards the Kentucky Derby. That doesn’t mean much for Tiz the Law, who already has more than enough points to go to the Derby. He currently stands above the rest with 272 points.
The next closest horse to Tiz the Law is Honor A. P. with 120 points. The Travers is more of a tune-up race for Tiz the Law, and a chance for more career earnings. The Travers is worth a nice purse of $1.25-million. For comparison, the Kentucky Derby has a purse worth $3-million. That could be one heck of a payday for Tiz the Law’s connections to win both, which is very possible. That’s a while away, though. For now all I am concerning myself with is Evangeline Downs. Head below for our free Evangeline Downs Daily Double picks for June 24, 2020.
Post Time: 8:59 p.m. CST
Distance: 7 ½ Furlongs
We will handicap the two final races of the day at Evangeline Downs for Wednesday night. It’s a later than usual post time for these two races, but there’s typically one or two tracks throughout the week with night racing. Race 8 is 7 ½ furlongs of racing on the turf for a $26,000 purse. Oh My Aching Arch and Unwanted Intruder are both on my shortlist. Unwanted Intruder might be a sneaky selection at +500 to win Race 8. Unwanted Intruder is coming off a win following a class drop.
As a first-time runner on April 23, Unwanted Intruder finished 10th on April 23 at Oaklawn Park. There was nothing there, and Unwanted Intruder was a non factor. He beat Squared Straight, a horse who just quit and stopped during the race. In his next performance, improved form was noted and Unwanted Intruder took care of business.
It was a drop in class for Unwanted Intruder, but he was still running against some pretty tough competition at Lone Star Park. He was a heavy underdog and proved that the debut might have been a fluke. Perhaps Unwanted Intruder has more in him to be a bit of a surprise runner on Wednesday in Race 8, as he makes his debut appearance at Evangeline Downs.
Oh My Aching Arch is running for a new stable today and gets a class drop right out of the gate with his new team. He is 1 for 9 in his career, with a win on September 21, 2019 at Louisiana Downs. Oh My Aching Arch has some stakes experience, with a start in the Louisiana Legacy Stakes on October 19, 2019. That didn’t go well to finish 8th, but it was a difficult field. Since the loss, Oh My Aching Arch has finished 5th, 7th, 3rd, 4th against tough company at Fair Grounds. Without much competition to speak of for Oh My Aching Arch, he should be able to take advantage of a weak field on Wednesday.
Post Time: 9:26 p.m. CST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
The Wednesday card will close out at Evangeline Downs on the dirt with 5 ½ furlongs of racing for a $11,500 purse in Race 9. Highly Centsable, Pure Valor, and Tiz Neyney and Rad stand good chances of getting the top prize in the final race of the day. Tiz Neyney and Rad is 1 for 8 in his career, with a win three races ago on February 5. He won by 3 lengths after beating Swinging Galaxy as a +310 runner.
Tiz Neyney and Rad regressed for 2nd and then 6th in his most recent outing on June 12. That was his debut event at Evangeline and it didn’t go too well. However, he is one to note against this field and has the potential to make noise. He and Pure Valor are about deadlocked for a win in this one.Pure Valor is coming off a win on March 15 at Fair Grounds for the first of his career. Prior to that race, Pure Valor showed great potential for the first time to place on March 5.
It was only the second time in his nine-race career that Pure Valor found the top-3. He was able to do one better for a win in his most recent entry. Pure Valor won by 6 lengths over Pillage Da Village in an impressive showing as the favorite. He delivered in the easiest race of his career and is hanging around in a similar class for Wednesday. That should indicate that Pure Valor is going to be hanging around the front in the stretch.
Highly Centsable will race in the easiest race of his career on Wednesday. The 4-year-old is 1 for 9 in his career with a win at Fair Grounds on November 30, 2019 at Fair Grounds. Since then, Highly Centsable has gone 9th, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 3rd, 4th, all of which were at Fair Grounds except the most recent race on June 10, where Highly Centsable finished 4th after getting caught in the stretch. That was at 6 furlongs. A half less furlong of racing should help give Highly Centsable a better result in this one. Very strong horse to consider against what is a beatable field for Highly Centsable.