As we enter warm weather, our horizons broaden on the horse racing schedule with more racecourses opening their meets. That’s especially true for early in the week where the card is pretty empty in the winter. We’re up to six race tracks on Monday, with some newcomers beginning their meets this week. Thistledown and Finger Lakes are back on the docket Monday. They were two regular tracks for me last summer, so it’s good to see them back in the mix. This week leads up to the 147th Kentucky Derby on May 1. Triple Crown season marks the beginning of more tracks opening up and racing. That’s what I look forward to the most, as options are expanded with more races.
We will open the day at Finger Lakes Racetrack in Farmington, NY. Farmington is about an hour and 30 minute drive from Buffalo and south of Rochester. Finger Lakes doesn’t have the biggest money available on average, but it’s a reliable racecourse for weekdays. They will open their spring meet with eight races for a $147,000 purse on Monday afternoon. Head below for our free Finger Lakes Racetrack picks for April 26, 2021.
Post Time: 1:37 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
In our first pick of the spring meet at Finger Lakes, we have a short 4 ½ furlong race for a $16,200 purse in Race 2. Look out for Imprsstheprofessor and Pazzion in this event. Imprsstheprofessor is a one-time winner in nine attempts in her career, with a win on October 12 at Belmont Park.
That was impressive. Imprsstheprofessor beat Ghostghostghost by 2 lengths for a $38,000 win against tough competition at Belmont. However, Imprsstheprofessor has been out of form since then with five straight losses all out of the top-3.
In her previous five outings, she has gone 12th, 5th, 5th, 6th, 4th. She finished 4th on April 3 in her most recent appearance at Aqueduct Racetrack in a $28,000 event. After running at Aqueduct and Belmont for all of her career, Imprsstheprofessor drops in class to Finger Lakes on Monday. That should help.
Pazzion is dropping in class as well after two races at Aqueduct, including a stakes race. Pazzion has gone 6th, 4th, 1st, 5th, 3rd in her career. She had a win on October 26 in a $26,500 event over Flower’s Fortune by 2 ¼ lengths.
In her next performance, Pazzion finished 5th in the $250,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes on December 6. Not bad given the competition. She showed 3rd most recently for a $55,000 purse on January 22. Down in class after a brief layoff, expect Pazzion to pull away.
Post Time: 3:52 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 is a $21,900 event on the dirt covering 4 ½ furlongs. Even horses are expected to run in this event, with Sniff and Risky Analysys on my shortlist. Sniff is 8 for 18 in her career with some success to be had. She finished 1st, 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 7th, 1st in her previous six entries.
Sniff has recorded three wins in three of the last six runs, including her most recent on April 2 at Penn National. She beat Paranoia by 2 ¾ lengths in a $13,600 event. This is a step up for Sniff at Finger Lakes, though, so we’ll see if the momentum builds. It’s certainly going to be tougher with Risky Analysis in the mix.
Risky Analysis is 4 for 17 in her career, with some nice results recently going 3rd, 3rd, 1st in her previous three attempts. After showing 3rd on October 12 in a $21,650 event, Risky Analysis came back on October 27 to beat Ouch That Hurt by 1 ¼ lengths for a $21,650 purse. She is a veteran of this class and routinely runs well against this level of competition. With some newcomers from lower classes, expect Risky Analysis to take care of this field.
Post Time: 4:19 p.m. EST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
In the final race at Finger Lakes, eight horses are scheduled to run 4 ½ furlongs for a $11,500 purse. Keep an eye on Prank Call and Cat Lak in this event. Prank Call is 8 for 29 in her career and has enjoyed consistency for most of her career. She has gone 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 4th in her previous four attempts, with a win on February 16 at Laurel Park in a $15,949 assignment. Since then, Prank Call has gone 3rd, 3rd, 4th.
Most recently, she finished 4th in a $24,000 event. Prank Call was purchased for $1,500 in 2016. When you look at it like that, her $120,774 in earnings has been a success. Horses are incredibly expensive to maintain, along with paying trainers, riders, and paying entry feeds, so it’s not that profitable. With that said, A $1,500 horse winning 8 races and still going since 2017 is a success. Down in class on Monday, look for Prank Call to get involved in the stretch.
Cat Lak has been a model of consistency with ten straight performances in the top-3. Eight of those races were either top-2 or a win for Cat Lak. In her most recent win, the mare beat Wiggle It Jiggleit by 2 lengths in a $13,000 event. Since then, she’s gone 3rd in back-to-back $14,000 events at Charles Town. She just missed in both of those races. Back down to $11,500 on her transfer to Finger Lakes, she figures to be close with a chance to win.