Off to Tuesday we go after finding a profit at Thistledown on Monday. We came just short in Race 3 and 5, but Candy Exchange was a $8.60 winner in Race 7. That was enough for a profitable afternoon in Cleveland. We’ll have two racecards on Tuesday from a couple of the smaller racecourses in the US. Our first stop is at Finger Lakes Racetrack in the Finger Lakes region in New York. The track is located in Farmington, NY, with Syracuse and Rochester within driving distance. Finger Lakes Racetrack is among the early week courses that gets more attention while the big players aren’t racing.
The stakes schedule is quiet until Saturday, and then things will heat up. Gulfstream Park, Delaware Park, Belmont Park, and Santa Anita Park all have some big events on offer. Gulfstream has the biggest races, with the running of the $400,000 In Reality Stakes and My Dear Girl Stakes. Santa Anita Park has three $300,000 stakes races on the schedule on Saturday. This week provides a nice warm up. Finger Lakes has eight races worth a total of $106,900 on Tuesday. Head below for our free Finger Lakes Racetrack picks for September 22, 2020.
Post Time: 2:04 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Our first selection at Finger Lakes is a 5 ½ furlong event for $10,000 in Race 3. So Noted and Malibu Sunset should both have a chance in the stretch for the top prize. So Noted is 8 for 32 in his career with some nice results recently. He’s coming off a win and in the top-2 in 4 of his previous 5 performances.
In his win on September 2, So Noted won by ¾ lengths over Diamond Dean as the betting favorite in a $10,000 event. So Noted placed 2nd in back-to-back races on July 28 and August 18. In the July race, So Noted finished 5 ¾ lengths behind Malibu Sunrise, and then 2 lengths behind I Will Rock You.
So Noted was the favorite in that race, so didn’t live up to expectations until his next performance a few weeks ago. That was the first win for So Noted since 2018. Expect So Noted to run close again, with a chance for revenge over Malibu Sunset. They’ve seen each other before, and will likely be reintroduced to one another in the stretch in Race 3 on Tuesday afternoon at Finger Lakes.
Malibu Sunset is 12 for 30 in his career and was on a three-race winning streak before finishing 9th on August 18. He broke slow out of the gate and that was pretty much it for Malibu Sunset. Instead of pressing him and wearing him out for this entry, Malibu Sunset was shut down and used the rest of the race as more of a workout.
Prior to that race, Malibu Sunset finished in the top-3 in 12 straight outings, and top-2 in 9 of 10 races. Prior to his effort, Malibu Sunset beat So Noted by 5 ¾ lengths. Expect him to get back on track today.
Post Time: 3:52 p.m. EST
Our second and final selection at Finger Lakes Racetrack is a 6-furlong gallop for a $20,400 purse. I’d like to give you something else, but I can’t seem to find a third horse at Finger Lakes on Tuesday that I like. This is the feature race of the day. Seven participants are scheduled to run in Race 7. Lune Lake and Wait a Minute should be tough to keep out of the fray in the stretch.
Wait a Minute is 5 for 13, which is nicely done, but she is looking to get back on track following a slow stretch. Wait a Minute won 4 of 5 races from July of 2019 to October, but since then, has gone 6th, 6th, 3rd 6th. In her most recent performance, Wait a Minute finished 6th in a $67,000 event. Prior to that outing, Wait a Minute was 3rd in this class for a $20,400 purse.
She’s jumped in and out of classes in his career, with most of her poor results coming at the $67,000 level. Instead of chasing money that’s unattainable, it’d be in her best interest to remain in events for around $20,000. It just doesn’t make much sense to force something that isn’t there with Wait a Minute. That said, she is still capable of picking up prize money here and there in this class.
Before finishing 3rd, Wait a Minute was 6th, last, in another $67,000 race on December 22, 2019. I’m not sure what her trainer was thinking, but this horse is unable to compete in that class. Wait a Minute is in a spot on Tuesday where she should be able to finish well. Expect her to finish in the money with a chance of winning.
Lune Lake is a tough foe, though. She is fresh off a hat-trick and has wins in 6 of her previous 7 performances. Lune Lake has made two outings since August and won both by 2 ¾ lengths and 4 ½ lengths. His most recent win was for a $19,500 purse. Overall, she is 7 for 18 and has a good history of running well against competition of this caliber. Look for Lune Lake to take advantage of the favorable post position and get out in front in the stretch.