Churchill Downs might be getting all of the attention this week in anticipation of the Kentucky Derby, but some of the smaller tracks out there might be profitable. Finger Lakes Racetrack is one of the smaller offerings available this week. If you’re looking for higher stakes, though, we have you covered at Saratoga as well today.
Finger Lakes has a modest $99,800 card on offer over eight races. It isn’t much, but it’s something we can hopefully find some winners on. We are going the multi-bet route on Wednesday at Finger Lakes Racetrack. You can play the Daily Double, Pick 3, or both on this card. Head below for our free Finger Lakes Racetrack Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for September 3, 2020.
Post Time: 1:37 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile 70 Yards
Race 2 opens up our card at Finger Lakes on Wednesday. Look for Big Tequila and Color Chart to take a good stab at the top prize in Race 2. Big Tequila is 2 for 12 in her career and in the best form of her career recently. After finishing 8th, 5th, 4th, 5th in four straight, Big Tequila finished 2nd and 1st in her previous two performances.
She placed 2nd by a length in a $12,500 event against Ya’llcomenow on July 27. Big Tequila dropped slightly down in class on August 18 to win by 2 ¾ lengths for a $10,000 purse. She is back up again to see if she can follow up with back-to-back wins. This is about the same competition that Big Tequila saw on July 27 in that $12,500 race, and she was close in that one.
Color Chart is 2 for 6 in her career, and after finishing 8th and 5th at Aqueduct, she is back down in class on Wednesday. Color Chart entered $40,000 and $37,000 events and it didn’t go well. However, Color Chart did win a $40,000 and $21,000 race in the past. She isn’t the strongest horse in the backstretch at Finger Lakes Racetrack, but this should be a winnable race for her. Anything less would be a disappointment.
Post Time: 2:04 p.m. EST
Off to the next race at Finger Lakes, which is the second leg of our Pick 3 card. If you’re playing the Race 2-3 Daily Double, this could be the clincher. Race 3 features 5 furlongs for a $10,700 purse. Freud’s Secret and Central Perk should get into an exciting battle in the stretch. Freud’s Secret got off to a slow start at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. She finished 7th, 8th, 6th, and then transferred to Finger Lakes for easy assignments.
Freud’s Secret showed 3rd in back-to-back races on July 27 and August 19. She was 3rd in a $26,500 event in July, and then followed up for the same in a $13,000 race. Freud’s Secret thought she was going to drop down to $13,000 and thought it was going to be an easy win. That wasn’t the case for Freud’s Secret, as she didn’t look any better against weaker opponents. She will go down again to a $10,700 race on Wednesday.
Central Perk opened up her career at Belmont and Saratoga. She finished 7th in a $53,000 event, and then 4th in a $40,000 event at Saratoga, both of which were in July. The $65,000 Central Perk, who was purchased at auction in 2019, moves way down the class scale to a $10,700 event. That’s a pretty drastic drop. She moves from a $53,000 to $40,000 to a $10,700 race in a month. Like Color Chart, a loss would be disappointing for Central Perk in this class.
Post Time: 4:34 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
One more leg to complete the Pick 3 card at Finger Lakes Racetrack for Wednesday. Fridaybeers is going to be a tough customer to beat across a mile and 70 yards. That said, if there’s any horse signed up for this race that has a chance to beat Fridaybeers, it has to be Sweetest Party from the No. 8 post position. Sweetest Party has shown improvements after finishing 5th, 5th, 8th, 9th in his first four races, he woke up on July 29.
Sweetest Party placed 2nd to finish 6 lengths behind His Boy Elroy. While he failed in a lower class, Sweetest Party showed a rally in him late in the stretch. He was 4th at the ⅜ pole and showed nice improvement throughout the contest. Sweetest Party is going to show some extra kick to find a way past Fridaybeers, though, and he didn’t follow up on August 12 with a better performance.
Sweetest Party showed 3rd on August 12 in another $10,000 race. He wasn’t near the wire in that finish, with Breed’s Hill cruising to a blowout win. Sweetest Party was an underdog in that race, and pretty well finished where he was expected to finish the race. Improvements will have to be made to win today, but it’s possible.
Fridaybeers has gone 7th, 6th, 9th, 2nd in his career. His first three races were at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. You aren’t going to find easy races at any of those courses. Once transferring to Finger Lakes, he found things much easier to place 2nd on August in his debut at Finger Lakes Racetrack. Winning $10,000 purses isn’t what his connections envisioned, though. Fridaybeers was purchased for $105,000 in 2018. In any case, this should be a good spot to get Fridaybeers going in the right direction.