There are four racecourses with cards on Monday to get the week started. Fair Grounds usually doesn’t race early in the week, but the Louisiana based track will be active on Monday. Parx and Fair Grounds have the most prize money available on Monday. Also available at BetOnline for wagering today is Delta Downs and Mountaineer Park. Mountaineer Park has racing under the lights in West Virginia to wrap up the day. The big story of the weekend was the win by Bob Baffert’s Charlatan in the Malibu Stakes.
After a lengthy layoff, Charlatan returned following an injury to win the $300,000 Grade 1 event. It wasn’t for the biggest purse, but the competition was tough against Nashville. Nashville disappointed, while the $750,000 rose up to the challenge. Prior to that outing, Nashville was disqualified in the Arkansas Derby because of a positive drug test. Then a minor injury derailed his Kentucky Derby dreams.
The Pegasus World Cup in January is the next notable race where we’ll see plenty of talented horses. We will handicap the Fair Grounds racecard on Monday, which features ten races for a total of $281,000 in prize money. Head below for our free Fair Grounds Race Course picks for December 28, 2020.
Post Time: 1:00 p.m. CST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 1 is one of the bigger races at Fair Grounds on Monday afternoon. The first race of the day at Fair Grounds is worth $42,000 for 5 ½ furlongs of racing on the turf. The race is likely between Sarah’s Vision and No Pedigree for the win. Sarah’s Vision is in decent form recently and has been getting up there in the stretch. She has finished 2nd, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd in five-career races. In her previous outing, Sarah’s Vision lost by 1 ¼ lengths behind Ebony Flash for a $35,000 purse. She ran well enough and a similar performance would put her thereabout in Race 1 on Monday.
No Pedigree has finished 5th, 5th, 3rd in the first three races of her career. She went stakes racing in her most recent showing on December 12. No Pedigree showed 3rd in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) on December 12 in her debut at Fair Grounds. She had it tough in the $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes (Black Type) on September 26 as a first-time runner, but responded nicely to get into the top-3 in a similar $100,000 event recently. This is much easier than what he has experienced so far in his career. Expect a solid run with a good chance of heading to the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 3:25 p.m. CST
Race 6 is for a $22,000 purse covering 6 furlongs on the dirt. Jersey Lillie and Blonde On Tap are likely to have good opportunities for a win on Monday. Jersey Lillie has finished 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 8th in her career. In her previous outing, Jersey Lillie finished 8th for a $29,500 purse on November 22 at Churchill Downs. That was not an ideal performance by Jersey Lillie, and she has been regressing since showing 3rd on September 28 for a $31,000 purse.
Jersey Lillie will slide down to the easiest race of her career on Monday and should have an easier time in this event. I wasn’t really impressed at all in her $29,500 race, though, so I don’t know if it’s a far enough drop to get to the winner’s circle. That said, expect a bold performance from Jersey Lillie, and she’s going to find this easier than her past performance for sure.
Blonde On Tap is 8th, 11th, 2nd, 3rd in her career and on the opposite spectrum. She is showing signs of improvement after a slow start. Blonde On Tap placed 2nd behind Overdressed by ¾ lengths for a $20,000 purse on October 10 as an underdog. She was able to come back and run another strong race for a $22,000 purse. Blonde On Tap was 3 ½ lengths back of a win in that event. No one else in this race has really shown much recently in their career. I would take a chance on Blonde On Tap continuing to improve.
Post Time: 5:21 p.m. CST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
The final race at Fair Grounds is for a $14,000 purse covering 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Swinging Galaxy and Amazing American should have a strong push in Race 10 for the top prize. Swinging Galaxy recently won his first outing on September 9. He beat Bourbon Revenge by a neck for a $10,500 purse. Not a bad effort to get into the winner’s circle for the first time in his career. Prior to that outing, Swinging Galaxy placed 2nd in a $12,500 event.
Swinging Galaxy most recently finished 4th on December 3 in a $16,000 assignment. He will move slightly down in class following that disappointing performance. Amazing American is by far the most consistent runner in this event. He has placed 2nd in seven straight outings, including a win on August 28. Amazing American beat Amandas Lightening by 4 ¼ lengths in a $17,000 event. Amazing American followed up to place 2nd by ¾ lengths in back-to-back $14,000 outings. He just missed out in both races, and could do a step better on Monday in this event.