There is plenty of horse racing on the docket Thursday in the US, with BetOnline offering nine racecourses for wagering. One of those is Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, which we have you covered for with a couple of picks. If you are looking for more horse racing selections, then there are other places to look, like say, Fair Grounds Race Course in Louisiana.
Fair Grounds is one of the more well-known tracks operating on Thursday, joining the likes of Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park. If you are looking for stakes racing, there is one modest event at Turf Paradise worth $28,000. That’s not much of a stakes race. If it’s not worth at least $100,000, or $75,000 at a minimum, it’s hard for me to look at it like a stakes event.
Fair Grounds has nine races in the chamber on Thursday in New Orleans. If you are looking for our picks at Aqueduct Racetrack, then click the link to head straight there. Below you will find our Fair Grounds Race Course picks for January 28, 2021.
Post Time: 1:29 p.m. CST
Race 2 runs 6 furlongs on the main track for a $16,000 purse. Amazing American and Cajun Up should be noted going into this event. Amazing American has finished top-2 in six of eight races in his career. He opened his career in 6th last February, and then went six straight races with at least placing.
Amazing American was a winner in one, as he cleared Amandas Lightening by 4 ¼ lengths for a $17,000 purse. Since that win, Amazing American has gone 2nd, 2nd, 5th. He placed 2nd behind Cyptozonic by ¾ lengths two races ago on December 16 in a $14,000 assignment.
Amazing American followed up to finish 5th on December 28 in another $14,000 event. According to the money, she was looked at favorably, but didn’t come through for his supporters. Are the wheels falling off for Amazing American or just an outlier?
He will undoubtedly have to contend with the No. 1 horse in the stretch. Cajun Up came through in his most recent outing for the first time in his career. He was winless five races in his career, but then came along nicely on January 10 in his latest appearance. Cajun Up defeated No Quarter by 3 lengths after dropping classes.
Prior to that win, Cajun Up was 6th in a $42,000 event, so the significant class drop helped out nicely. Cajun Up remains in the $16,000 class on Thursday, which should present another beatable challenge for him. I’m going to jump on Cajun Up to follow through with his second straight win. All things considered, the morning-line has some good value.
Post Time: 4:52 p.m. CST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
At the very back of the line, Race 9 will close out the day at Fair Grounds. It’s a race that has caught my attention, and hopefully a good way to wrap up the afternoon in New Orleans. Ten horses are scheduled to take to the gate for this event. Nosy Banker and Shakin Silver are ones to watch in the stretch run. Nosy Banker has finished 5th, 3rd, 5th in his career.
This should be the easiest assignment of his career, though. In his best trip, Nosy Banker showed 3rd on December 11 in a $20,000 race. In Nosy Banker’s most recent showing, he finished 5th in a $18,00 race. He will wisely slide down to a $16,000 race on Thursday. This should give him a good look at getting to the winner’s circle. Shakin Silver is the other horse I see capable of striking down this field.
Shakin Silver has finished 5th, 2nd, 2nd in his career. He’s looked good in back-to-back entries, placing 2nd on December 18 and then did the same on January 7. In the first attempt, Shakin Silver placed 2nd behind G Don’t Know Me by 3 ¾ lengths in a $14,000 event. While this is a higher class, I don’t see this being more difficult. In fact, an effort like that would likely do the trick on Thursday. I would consider playing Shakin Silver here.