Louisiana Downs is open for another day of racing on Wednesday. After scheduling to begin on May 2, Louisiana Downs is off and running in June. Not only is the track open for trainers and backstretch staff, but race fans are allowed to attend. They’re one of the first tracks in the country to give the greenlight for fans. Members of the public that wish to go to Louisiana Downs to bet and watch must have their temperature taken at the door. If their temperature is too high, then they are permitted entry.
With casinos opening up their doors pretty well everywhere at this point, it’d make sense that racetracks begin to allow fans as well. The grandstands are outdoors, so that certainly helps prevent spread. Delaware Park is off and running with fans today as well. They open their summer meet with fans welcome to join and place their wagers.
In what is the only form of entertainment with regard to sports in some areas now, you would have to think that they can get people out to tracks. Gulfstream Park is the biggest track that I know of that is allowing fans to go and watch at the moment. I don’t have a running count of places that are open to the public, but the list continues to grow. Louisiana Downs is offering seven races on Wednesday. With the feature race a $22,500 purse, this isn’t a day for the big boys, but we can still cash in. Head below for our free Louisiana Downs selections for June 17, 2020.
Post Time: 3:33 p.m. CST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
We’ll start at Louisiana Downs with 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt in the feature race on Wednesday. A purse of $22,500 is offered. Sucre and Oh Toodles should get into a competitive battle in the event. Look for both horses to be in the mix in the stretch. Oh Toodles started off with three straight wins in her career from January 10 to February 27.
However, she tried a stakes race out in her most recent race and didn’t go anywhere. She finished 4th in the Crescent City Oaks (Black Type) on March 21. 1st at the ¾ pole, but faded hard thereafter. Her workouts have been fine, with times of 36.60 seconds at 3 furlongs and 49.80 seconds at 4 furlongs.
Sucre is the far more experienced horse, with appearances in 19 races in her career. She was a winner in six of them, with her most recent win on January 20 by 4 lengths. It was the second straight win for Sucre after winning on December 28, 2019 by ¾ lengths over Freda’s Smooth Air. Sucre attempted to see how she could do against tougher competition, but finished 4th and 6th. This should be a much easier ask of Sucre on Wednesday.
Post Time: 4:28 p.m. CST
Race 4 features a mile of racing for a $10,000 purse on the turf. I’m looking at Victor Lounge and Chicory Blue as my favorite horses in the event. Chicory Blue is a veteran to the sport, with 58 races since 2014. His last win was on May 24, 2019, and then he placed in three straight races before getting into a bit of a tailspin. Chicory Blue has been unable to show in the top-3 in 7 of his previous 8 races. He has won 8 of 58 races in his career.
This is a drop in class for Chicory Blue, so despite struggling since October, it should be an easier day on Wednesday. Is that going to translate into an easy win? No. But Chicory Blue for the price at +800 might be worth a look. Other than Chicory Blue, Victor Lounge should be the strongest horse in this one. Victor Lounge has 4 wins in 28 races in his career.
Victor Lounge keeps bouncing between hard races and easier assignments. It’s clear that it’s difficult for him to compete at a higher level, but this is the weakest opponents that he’s faced since winning on January 9. That was a win by 1 ¼ lengths. He was 4th at the top of the stretch and showed excellent kick to clear and win. Prior to that race, Victor Lounge finished 12th on December 14, 2019, and before that event, he won on November 17, 2019.
It’s been all about what events Victor Lounge enters. If he’s in a winnable race, then he typically runs like it. Chasing smaller purse money isn’t the most fun thing to do, but Victor Lounge has had success against weaker fields. This is one of those on Wednesday. If he’s in the same formas his last win, there should be a victory there for Victor Lounge.
Post Time: 5:22p.m. CST
This is our final straight bet of the day at Louisiana Downs. Feel free to bet to win, place, or show. I’m betting to win, but whatever you’re most comfortable with. Race 6 is 7 furlongs of racing for a $21,000 purse. It should be a good race between Extirpator, Tashkent, and Gentrified. Tashkent and Gentrified are about even to win this race.
If Gentrified was getting +150 more than Tashkent at post time then that would be a nice deal. Gentrified is coming off a poor finish in 7th on April 28 at Will Rogers Downs. He finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd before finishing 6th, 4th, 7th. This is going to be easier than those three races, though still a little trickier than what he saw when he notched the hat-trick at the end of 2019. Overall, Gentrified has won 10 of 44 races in his career.
Tashkent probably has a slight edge on Gentrified, but has been running in easier races recently. He finished 1st on April 16 by 3 ¾ lengths over Laddie Boy for the win. Laddie Boy was the favorite in that one, and Tashkent was a decently sized underdog so it was a good look for him. He followed that up with another strong showing at Oaklawn Park, but came ¾ lengths short of a win behind Gigging. Tashkent had the lead but just couldn’t hold on. That was at 1 1/16 miles, so 7 furlongs should suit him better today. He has a win in 4 out of 14 races in his career.
Extirpator drops way down in class after a tough stretch from February to May. He tried a stakes race out last February and finished 5th. Then Extirpator stayed around that class and finished 6th, 6th, 11th. Prior to that, though, Extirpator was on fire to finish in the top-2 in six straight races, and in 10 out his previous 12 races. He is back running around that level of competition and the end result should be much better for him Wednesday. If he’s in that form, Extirpator should edge out the field.