Let’s give Evangeline Downs in Louisiana some love on Thursday evening. The racecard is scheduled to begin in the early evening and go into the night. There are nine races scheduled with a total $191,000 up for grabs. There are a total of 12 tracks offered at BetOnline on Thursday in North America.
Along with three selections at Evangeline Downs, we have three at Saratoga for today as well. Of course, Major League Baseball is back on Thursday. That will be the focal point for most sports bettors today, but not everybody likes baseball. Horse racing has been going strong throughout the pandemic and continues to forge on.
You can’t complain that there isn’t anything to bet on today. There is plenty of action out there to wager on. Hopefully there are three winning horses that await on Thursday at Evangeline Downs. Head below for our free Evangeline picks for July 23, 2020.
Post Time: 7:11 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 4 is our first selection at Evangeline Downs on Thursday. This race covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $32,000 purse. Langs Day and Swinging Greely are on my shortlist for the event. Swinging Greeley is 2 for 12 in his career and in good form in his most recent outings. Recent is relative, though, because Swinging Greeley is coming off a lengthy layoff. It’s almost like he is a first-time runner again.
Swinging Greeley made his most recent run on December 14, 2018. He placed 2nd in that event behind State Treasurer by 3 ¼ lengths. Prior to that race, Swinging Greeley won on November 16, 2018 over Charge the Line by 2 lengths in an upset for a $43,000 purse. This race is down in class compared to when he was a consistent participant two years ago. In his most recent recorded activity, Swinging Greeley completed 4 furlongs in 53.40 seconds on July 3.
Langs Day just made his debut on February 7 and has already raced in three events. He won as a first-time runner over Reinsure by 6 lengths for a $38,000 purse. It was a successful follow up for Langs Day two weeks later on February 26. Langs Day defeated Louisiana Hero by 5 ½ lengths for a $40,000 purse. He was unable to record a hat-trick, though, as Langs Day was denied on March 21 in the Crescent City Derby (Black Type) for 5th in a $75,000 race. After the success Langs Day had in a lower class, it was worth the gamble to put him in a stakes event.
He’s back down in class today and has been quick in morning workouts. Langs Day completed a 4-furlong workout with a time of 48 seconds on July 12. He appears prepared to roll on Thursday. Swinging Greeley is the biggest wildcard of the bunch in this race. However, if Langs Day runs like he’s capable of, then a win should be easily within reach.
Post Time: 7:38 p.m. CST
Race 5 will cover 5 furlongs on the turf for a $27,000 purse. It should be a competitive race, with Mizspelt and Master Kev front runners to get ahead at the wire. Master Kev is coming off his debut on June 25. It was a sharp performance by Master Kev to place 2nd as a rookie last month. Master Kev fell by 2 ½ lengths against Rattlesnake River. It was a strong effort despite coming up short.
Since that performance, Master Kev made a 3-furlong workout in the morning with a time of 38.80 seconds. That could have been a quicker time, but we’ll see what Master kev brings to the table on Thursday. It’s possible that a win could be in his near future in Race 5. Note that this is going to be a step up for Master Kev from his debut. This will be for a $27,000 purse as opposed to a $22,000 purse as a first-time runner. He will have to deal with a couple of worthy opponents, notably Mizspelt from the No. 10 post position.
Mizspelt is a second-time runner today as well. And just like Master Kev, Mizspelt was strong enough to place in his event, too. Mizspelt’s assignment was slightly tougher, though. He was downed by 1 ¼ lengths against Jimmy Two Times for a $25,000 purse. Mizspelt was beaten by the heavy favorite in that race.
He is getting eased in class today for his run on Thursday in Race 5. With that in mind, similar form should be sufficient enough to run near the front with a chance for a win here. If the morning-line is accurate at post time, there will be plenty of value on Mizspelt to win on Thursday.
Post Time: 8:17 p.m. CST
A purse of $21,000 is available to eight horses, with the top prize going to the horse that is the quickest over 6 furlongs on the dirt. Miss Underrated and Old Time Girl are on my shortlist in this race. Old Time Girl is looking for her first win on Thursday, but is coming off an encouraging performance on February 28 at Delta Downs.
Old Time Girl placed for the first time in her career. She finished 2nd after 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 7th to open up her career. In just a few weeks, Old Time Girl showed much better form to finish 2nd. She was 1 ½ lengths back of Ideal Mallory to come up just short of a monster upset. That was for a $14,000 purse, so Old Time Girl is up in class after a brief layoff.
Her work in the morning hasn’t been overly impressive going into Thursday. She completed 4 furlongs in 52.40 seconds and 5 furlongs with a time of 1:06.60. I think Old Time Girl can get close to the wire in this one, but will likely have issues versus Miss Underrated. Miss Underrated is looking for her first win as well, but has showcased plenty more consistency over her nine-race career.
Miss Underrated has finished in the top-3 in 6 of 9 events, including 2nd in 5 of 9 races. She was up in class on July 4 for a 10th place finish, but Miss Underrated is back down in a more comfortable event for her standards. Miss Underrated placed 2nd on June 10 for a $25,000 purse before faltering for $28,000 in her most recent performance. In the loss on June 10, Miss Underrated had the lead out of the gate until the stretch. She ultimately lost by a length after having a 2 length lead at the top of the stretch. Against this level of competition on Thursday, Miss Underrated is worth some consideration to win.