BetOnline has a decent sample size of tracks to handicap on Wednesday in the afternoon and into the evening hours. If you are looking for night racing, you can find it at Penn National Race Course and Charles Town. The two biggest racecourses offering action on Wednesday are in Florida and Louisiana in the south. Gulfstream Park has a racecard, which we have handicapped and have three picks for. For more Florida racing, you can check out what Tampa Bay Downs is offering on Wednesday. Joining Gulfstream Park as the biggest tracks on Wednesday is Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.
Fair Grounds has a big weekend coming up in a week and a half. There are expected to be six stakes races in New Orleans, including the $400,000 Risen Star, which comes with points towards the Kentucky Derby. You aren’t going to find big time stakes races on Wednesday, but hopefully we can find some winning horses to pad the bankroll. Fair Grounds is expected to run nine races on Wednesday with a total of $254,000 in prize money up for grabs. Head below for our free Fair Grounds Race Course picks for February 3, 2021.
Post Time: 2:27 p.m. CST
Race 4 will be our starting point at Fair Grounds on Wednesday afternoon. Seven horses are expected to run a mile on the turf for this event. Expect Bryce Canyon and Wentru to look the best on the grass in this one. Bryce Canyon has finished 6th, 12th, 1st in his career, showing great improvement in his most recent appearance.
After finishing 12th in a $70,000 event, Bryce Canyon dropped down the class scale and found immediate results. He beat Gold Vermillion by 4 ¾ lengths in a $18,000 assignment. Following a win easily at that level, Bryce Canyon will go up a notch in class to a $24,000 event. This should be a winninable outing for him. It shouldn’t pose too many problems, though Wentru should be able to pressure.
Wentru has finished 3rd, 6th, 8th, 1st in his career with a great effort in his most recent showing. He beat Ames Mister by 1 length for a $20,000 purse. Just like Bryce Canyon, Wentru moved down in class after struggling at a higher level. Wentru finished 8th in a big field for a $50,000 purse. Despite 8th, Wentru beat six horses in that race, so it wasn’t terrible. I would side with the No. 4 horse.
Post Time: 2:56 p.m. CST
Race 5 is a $19,000 event across 6 furlongs on the dirt. Seven horses are expected to participate in this contest, with Saint Goar and Awe Shackle combining for a pretty formidable duo. They will likely be tested by Thirtyminutemass, who is receiving a class drop on Wednesday for this outing. Thirtyminutemass has finished 6th and 7th in two races on October 15 and December 5.
He finished 6th in a $25,000 race, and then followed up most recently in December at Fair Grounds for 7th. I’m not feeling overly confident about Thirtyminutemass, but if he catches a break and runs well, then a win isn’t going to be out of the question. The most likely winner in this one has to be Saint Goar, who gets the No. 1 hole.
Saint Goar has finished 6th and 3rd in his career. He was 6th as a first-time starter on December 3 in a $15,000 assignment, which was disappointing given his expectations. However, Saint Goar was able to improve in his next outing to show 3rd in another $15,000 event. He just continues to improve, and that has been noted in the workout trail as well.
His partner in this race, Awe Shackle, might have a chance as well. Awe Shackle has gone 3rd, 4th, 4th, 3rd, 10th in his career. He slides down slightly in class after finishing 10th in a $20,000 event on January 9. This doesn’t sound like a big class drop, but that outing was tough versus some worthy opponents. He should find this easier. I am on the coupled pair of Saint Goar and Awe Shackle.
Post Time: 3:54 p.m. CST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Our final selection at Fair Grounds is a 1 1/16 mile event for a $56,000 purse. Race 7 is the feature event, with seven seven horses participating for the top prize. Queen of the Lane and Pop a Choc should both run well in this race. Queen of the Lane has been showing improvement with each passing race.
She showed 3rd as a first-time runner on February 9 in a $40,000 race, and then responded well to place 2nd behind Princess Blanca by a half length on November 29. Queen of the Lane is the better horse, but she didn’t break well in that contest.
Queen of the Lane put it together on December 16 in a $18,000 assignment. She defeated Creative Legacy by 6 ¼ lengths in that race. This is going to be considerably tougher, but Queen of the Lane should be able to get close in her toughest event to date.
Pop a Choc has a win in six outings, winning on July 9 in a $64,000 event. That was impressive from Pop a Choc in a 5 ¼ length win. Following that showing, Pop a Choc went 3rd, 2nd, 4th. He was 4th in his last performance on September 27 in a $65,000 race. Down in class against an easier field, expect Pop a Choc to do well here.