Saturday will provide an opportunity for one of the small players to step up into the spotlight. Charles Town is offering a big card with the running of the $600,000 Charles Town Classic (Gr. 2) and Charles Town Oaks (Gr. 3). This is the first time ever that both events will be held on the same day.
The countdown to the Kentucky Derby is on now, and all jockeys that plan on riding in the big dance must be in the state soon. They have to be on the grounds of Churchill Downs by August 31 or risk losing their spot. Several big names have decided to stay home at their local track. Jose and Irad Ortiz will not be participating, along with Joel Rosario and Flavien Prat. That provides an opportunity for some Kentucky riders to jump in and make an impression.
There is racing in Louisiana on Tuesday with a seven-race card featuring a total of $93,000. It’s not a big day from a prize money perspective across North America. You aren’t going to find elite horses on the track today. The only stakes race is at Assiniboia Downs in Manitoba and that’s only for $30,000, so the C.T.H.S Sales Stakes isn’t much of a stakes race. Head below for our free Louisiana Downs picks for August 25, 2020. The weather is expected to be hot and clear in Bossier City on Tuesday.
Post Time: 4:01 p.m. CST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
We’ll start our day in Louisiana with Race 3 at Louisiana Downs. It should be a good race to get us started at this Harrah’s property. On Tilt and Sent’s Galaxy should have a good go at the top prize in this race. Sent’s Galaxy has been coming on strong after a couple of spotty performances initially.
He finished 8th and 5th in his first two starts in February and early June. However, Sent’s Galaxy found the class he should be racing in on June 30. Sent’s Galaxy beat Amazing Sound by a half length for a $9,000 purse. He had a 3 length lead at the ½ pole and held on in the stretch.
Sent’s Galaxy went a bit higher to the $10,000 level on July 29. Depending on how you view it, it was a good or bad effort for Sent’s Galaxy. He placed 2nd and got into the money, which is good, though Sent’s Galaxy was 8 ½ lengths behind Gentleman Charlie. Sent’s Galaxy grabbed 2nd by a half length at the wire.
On Tilt moves down in class for today after finishing 6th in back-to-back outings. He finished 6th in a $16,000 race and then a $15,930 race. After winning by 4 ¼ lengths in a $14,000 event on May 22, On Tilt decided to go up in class but didn’t succeed. Instead of inching down in class, the $120,000 On Tilt is dropping all the way to a $8,500 race. Barring an off day for On Tilt, a trip to the winner’s circle should be doable here.
Post Time: 4:29 p.m. CST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
It’s feature time at Louisiana Downs with a $23,500 purse available in Race 4. The feature race will take place on the grass, with a turf race covering 7 ½ furlongs. It should be competitive between four horses, with Honest Woman and Love Bound ultimately making their way onto my watchlist.
Honest Woman has had some decent success in her career with 7 wins in 31 races. She has finished 1st, 5th, 1st in her previous three performances. That isn’t a bad stretch for Honest Woman, who wasn’t in the money in four straight outings.
Honest Woman won in February by 1 ¼ lengths in a $15,000 event, faltered upon her return in July in a $22,000 race, but got back on track August 5 for a 1 ½ length win for a $10,000 purse. So, it’s back up in class again for Honest Woman after that performance.
You would think she would stay there, but I think the competition in this race should give her a good chance of staying close to the front. Love Bound is the most experienced horse running in this class, so she should be her biggest threat.
Love Bound is 3 for 7 in her career with some nice success for the young filly. She’s gone 1st, 4th, 1st in her previous three races. That certainly looks familiar, with Honest Woman following a similar path. Love Bound blew out ten horses in a 7 ¼ length win as a heavy favorite on June 6 for a $11,000 purse. In her latest race, Love Bound moved up to a $13,000 race and won by 2 lengths over Tiz Good as a heavy favorite again.
The writing was on the wall for Love Bound following an impressive workout on July 29. Love Bound was one of the most impressive horses on the practice track, with Love Bound completing 4 furlongs in 47 seconds. That speed carried over to race day last week. If Love Bound didn’t lose that sharp form, she should have an advantage on this field.
Post Time: 4:55 p.m. CST
Distance:1 Mile 70 Yards
Our final selection at Louisiana Downs brings us to Race 5 on Tuesday in Bossier City. Wind Zee and Smart Pegasus are the horses to watch in the mile and 70-yard event. Wind Zee is a winner in just 1 out of 22 races. That doesn’t look like much, and it isn’t, but Wind Zee was in good form on August 1 after falling to reach the money in seven straight races. She struggled for a while to compete in higher classes and finally got dropped to a more winnable level.
Wind Zee was strong on August 1 in a $10,000 event to place 2nd behind All in Bronson by 3 ¼ lengths. Wind Zee had the lead out of the gate and maintained the lead going into the stretch. However, Wind Zee faded and couldn’t last at a mile and 70 yards. Given that run, she would probably be better used in mile races than a mile and 70 yards. That’s my main concern for her on Tuesday.
Smart Pegasus finished 2nd, 8th, 1st, 7th, 3rd in her previous five races. She recorded her first victory on February 24 at Fair Grounds in a $14,000 event by 2 ½ lengths. Smart Pegasus showed great kick in the stretch and cleared the field with ease. She was 7th at the ½ pole and got stronger from there.
In her latest outing on July 28, Smart Pegasus made a late rally to show 3rd. She got started too late in that race. Something longer than 6 furlongs is probably going to help her. In recent outings, she got stronger deeper into races. It would make sense then to give her some more room to run for her next event on Tuesday. She’ll have some company in the stretch, but Smart Pegasus appears like the strongest participant in Race 5.