Sunday has a nice slate of horse racing action across the country. That includes thoroughbred and harness racing. BetOnline is putting on eight racetracks for wagering on Sunday, with the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course the biggest event of the day. That’s actually the only listed stakes race. There might be some really small stakes races out there as well, but nothing worth mentioning.
There is a big $1,410,000 Gr 1 stakes race in Japan, but nothing in North America. The $3,000,000 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park is the next notable race to be concerned with. That race will attract some really talented horses. Unfortunately, we won’t get another look at Authentic after he retired. Authentic was the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner in 2020.
I’ve identified three horses at Fair Grounds that could be of benefit to us. Fair Grounds in New Orleans has ten races on the schedule for a total of $280,000 in prize money available. Head below for our free Fair Grounds Race Course picks for December 20, 2020.
Post Time: 1:00 p.m. CST
Our first look at Fair Grounds Race Course is for a $24,000 purse covering 6 furlongs. Irish Hokie and Takafumi should be involved in the stretch with a chance to score the top prize. Irish Hokie was a back-to-back winner on June 13 and July 1. He finished 1st in a $18,000 event over Chicken Hawk by 8 ¾ lengths in an impressive showing. Irish Hokie returned on July 1 to beat Candizar by 3 ¼ lengths for a $19,000 purse.
Irish Hokie finished 6th for dead last in his most recent performance on July 28. After a layoff, Irish Hokie is ready to return to the track. This is a $250,000 horse that hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations. He is 2 for 11 in his career and has competed in some lower classes, so it hasn’t been the best of ROI’s for Irish Hokie. He should have a chance for a win here, though, but will likely face push back from Takafumi.
Takafumi is 2 for 6 in his career, and has finished in the top-2 in four of six performances, including three straight. He’s coming off a head win over The Big S for a $39,000 purse on November 22. Takafumi was bumped and still overcame the distraction to cash in. Down in class for this race, the Brazilian Takafumi should have a winning edge here.
Post Time: 1:58 p.m. CST
Race 3 is a 5-furlong event on the turf for a $42,000 purse. Heals the Soul and Unitedandresolute should run close in this race. The rest of the field hasn’t been in good form and is going to need an upset. Heals the Soul is winless in two-career races, but has been in solid form. He placed 2nd behind Nice Ace by 1 ¾ lengths in a $30,000 event as a first-time runner on September 10. Heals the Soul returned to show 3rd in a $36,000 event on October 8. Continuing to go up in class, Heals the Soul should run close again, but might find out difficult to get to the winner’s circle with Unitedandresolute entering this race.
Unitedandresolute has been a model of consistency with six straight performances in the top-3 to open his career. In his most recent entry, Unitedandresolute showed 3rd for a $47,000 purse as the second favorite. He was bumped early and never really recovered from that, weakening late in the 6-furlong event. Unitedandresolute has the most experience in higher classes, and should benefit from that experience in a $42,000 event on Sunday. A winning run can’t be ruled out for Unitedandresolute on Sunday afternoon.
Post Time: 3:25 p.m. CST
The feature race of the day at Fair Grounds is on the main track for a $48,000 purse. Nunc Pro Tunc and Louisianalightning are expected to run well with a chance for a win in Race 6. Nunc Pro Tunc is 3 for 12 in his career, with three straight appearances in the top-3. In seven of his previous eight outings, Nunc Pro Tunc has been in the top-3, and top-2 in six of eight races. Nunc Pro Tunc finished 3rd in his most recent event for a $45,000 event by two heads. It was close with the top-6 horses all within striking distance for a win. We should expect another close run by Nunc Pro Tunc on Sunday.
Louisianalightning is going to be a tough horse from the outside. He was a winner in his first race and will look for another in his sophomore event. Louisianalightning beat Faith’s Raceday by 5 ½ lengths in impressive fashion for a $47,000 purse. He had no problems with that assignment, and the gelding was clear by the ½ pole by 4 lengths. Louisianalightning was much the best horse from the get-go out of the gate. The $125,000 Louisianalightning had an exciting run for his connections, and should have a good chance of following up. Back Louisianalightning for the win.