There isn’t much on the agenda in terms of big events today, but there is a healthy dose of races at 13 tracks in North America. Gulfstream Park is the biggest of the race courses offering a card. I’m not feeling too high on the races at Gulfstream, so going to skip Florida for today. Yesterday was a kind of Jekyll and Hyde day.
We couldn’t buy a win at Indiana Grand, but Canterbury Park was a sweep. With the 3 for 3 day at Canterbury Park, that was enough to overcome the rough day in Indiana and grind out a profit. Robertino Diodoro was the big winner for us, as two of his horses won at Canterbury on Tuesday.
It’s been a minute since we’ve covered Louisiana Downs, but return to Bossier City today to cover the small racecard. Louisiana Downs is a Caesars Entertainment property, which has a Harrah’s casino attached to the facility. They are offering seven races on Wednesday with a small sum of $85,000 up for grabs. Five races will take place on the dirt, while two will be over on the turf. It’s not the biggest day, but hopefully we can turn it into some cash for the bankroll. Head below for our free Louisiana Downs picks for July 15, 2020.
Post Time: 4:01 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 features a $8,500 purse with over 6 ½ furlongs of racing on the dirt. There are eight scheduled to run the 6 ½ furlong event. Magi and Destinedtobeastar are both going to be in the mix in this one. Destinedtobeastar gets the No. 1 post position. We’ll see if Destinedtobeastar can make something out of it. He is 1 for 20 in his career, with his most recent win on July 11, 2019 at Fair Meadows. Destinedtobeastar has gone winless in 11 straight races. He finished in the top-3 in four of those races, but hasn’t been able to get back to the winner’s circle. Destinedtobeastar has finished 6th, 3rd, 11th, 3rd, 11th in his previous five events.
On April 9 Destinedtobeastar put together a fairly decent performance to finish 3rd for the second time in three races. That was for a $18,200 purse at Oaklawn Park. He followed up with zero juice in the tank, though, as Destinedtobeastar had nothing to give and finished next to last in a $61,000 event. He had no business competing at that level, and gets a considerable drop in class for today. This race should be considerably easier for Destinedtobeastar. She should be able to get into the top-3. If not, that is going to be a major disappointment for his connections. He completed two 4-furlong workouts with times of 49.80 and 50.60 seconds recently.
Magi is coming off the first win of his career on June 16. He was in fine form leading up to that race to show on March 20 and June 8. Magi figured it out a week later, with a 2 length win over Saturday’s Gold in wire-to-wire domination. In his two 3rd place finishes, Magi was racing in a higher class in $18,000 and $15,000 events. It wasn’t the worst result against tougher opponents that he’s going to see today. The key to this race is figuring out whether Destinedtobeastar is going to benefit that much from the class drop. He should certainly be in the mix, but is far too inconsistent, and based on recent form Magi will be hard to beat.
Post Time: 4:28 p.m. CST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 is another event on the dirt at Louisiana Downs on Wednesday. This is slightly higher in class, with a purse of $10,000 on offer for the 5 ½ furlong race. Buy Me the Ring and Chanson La Belle should both have strong races on Wednesday. Both have a reasonable chance of winning this event.
Buy Me the Ring is 2 for 12 in her career, with wins recorded on November 1, 2019 and December 12, 2019. Since her 1 ¼ length win in December, Buy Me the Ring has finished 5th, 2nd, 4th. She went on a four-month layoff, and then returned to finish 4th on June 17. That was not a good run by Buy Me the Ring. It was a small $7,000 event and she was disappointing as the favorite.
A month later Buy Me the Ring should have a better performance today. She may have just been out of it after the break. However, now with that race to shake off the rust, I have some confidence in Buy Me the Ring responding and running a stronger race today. Prior to finishing 4th in that race, Buy Me the Ring was 2nd in a $14,000 event on February 28.
That was a little more a representation of what Buy Me the Ring is capable of doing when running well. If it wasn’t for Chanson La Belle in Race 5, my confidence in Buy Me the Ring would be a little higher to win the race. Chanson La Belle is the class of this field and just has to run her race to win. She is searching for a hat-trick on Wednesday after wins on February 6 and June 15.
Chanson La Belle won over Charsey by 1 ¼ lengths to win $8,400 out of a $14,000 purse. She followed up to win over Secret Princess by 4 ¾ lengths to draw clear for a $10,000 purse. That was an easier race and Chanson La Belle won comfortably. This race is in the same class, so there isn’t any reason why Chanson La Belle shouldn’t have another strong bid on Wednesday. Chanson La Belle looked great in a couple of 4-furlong workouts recently with times 48.60 and 49 seconds. This is a winnable event for Chanson La Belle.
Post Time: 5:22 p.m. CST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 6 is the feature event of the day at Louisiana Downs on Wednesday. There will be $19,000 available in the race, which covers 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Red Clay Magic and Golden Tiger are likely going to be the horses to keep an eye on in Race 6. Golden Tiger has had some abysmal results over the last year.
He has finished 5th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 8th in his previous five races. In his most recent performance, Golden Tiger finished last for 8th on June 15. That was a $35,000 race, so Golden Tiger is getting a class drop for Wednesday. Pretty well all of those races I noted above were in a higher class than what he is going to experience today.
Golden Tiger is 1 for 11 in his career, with his only win on April 27, 2019 in a $42,000 event. That performance kind of provided false hope. Golden Tiger hasn’t been able to compete in that class for a year now. His trainer should have pulled him down to this level before today, but better now than never. Since finishing 8th on June 15, Golden Tiger completed morning workouts with times of 52.40 and 50 seconds over 4 furlongs.
Red Clay Magic is looking for a hat-trick today after winning on June 1 and July 7. He was close to going for four straight wins today. Red Clay Magic finished 2nd to lose by a neck at Oaklawn Park for a $17,000 purse. Following that tough beat, Red Clay Magic responded to win by a neck over Get My Mo for $18,000, and then a wire-to-wire win last week by 3 ¾ lengths as a heavy favorite. Overall, Red Clay Magic is 6 for 27 and has had success running in this class before. I’m backing the No. 8 horse to notch a hat-trick on Wednesday at Louisiana Downs.