Delta Downs is not the only Louisiana based racetrack operating on Monday. This is a nice day for Louisiana, as they have two of only a handful of tracks racing today. There are four tracks offered at BetOnline on Monday, with two of them in the deep south of Louisiana. If you are interested in more action, then Parx in Philadelphia and Turf Paradise in Phoenix also have racing this afternoon. I’m going to stick with the two Louisiana courses on Monday. Delta has the thoroughbreds, while Louisiana Downs is drag racing on the quarter horses.
This is the hangover after a big stakes weekend, which is only going to heat up on the Road to the Kentucky Derby from here on out. Essential Quality was incredibly impressive to win the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (Gr. 3) to record 10 points, while Greatest Honour scored the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (Gr. 2) for 50 points.
Louisiana Downs has a small card of seven races worth a total of $54,300. It’s a modest pool, but hopefully we can find some winning horses regardless. Note that this is a quarter horse card. If you are looking for thoroughbred picks, check our Delta Downs page for Monday. Head below for our free Louisiana Downs picks for March 1.
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Race 2 is a quick dash to the wire with only 110 yards of racing. It’s going to require breaking well out of the gate to secure the win. I’m interested in the presence of Hez a Hot Secret and Jess Moon Coming in this event. Hez a Hot Secret is 2 for 9 and recently came off a lengthy layoff.
He won on July 21, 2019 in a $6,000 event over Ring Cartel by a half length, with a time of 15.891 seconds at 300 yards. After coming back to finish 9th in September, Hez a Hot Secret went on a break only to return on January 30. Hez a Hot Secret was in okay form to complete 300 yards in 16.232 seconds.
Only two horses ran in that race, so it was a duel with Hez a Hot Secret losing by a half length. Hez a Hot Secret was never ahead in that race, losing in wire-to-wire fashion. This is a relatively easy field. Expect Hez a Hot Secret to run better in this 110-yard competition against these horses.
Jess Moon Coming is 4 for 18 in his career, finishing 7th, 6th, 8th, 1st in her last four. She found success after dropping classes on February 8 for easier pastures. Jess Moon Coming beat Rollin Bye by a nose with a nice time of 13.710 seconds at 250 yards. She had speed out of the gate, and finished for a wire-to-wire win. Remaining in the same class on Monday, expect another bold run from her.
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In the co-feature race at Louisiana Downs, we have a 400-yard event for a $12,300 purse. Six horses are scheduled to run in this one, with Wicked Blue and Taylor Made Cartel sure to impress. Wicked Blue is 2 for 22 in her career, as she searches for her first win since June 28, 2019 on Monday.
She has gone winless in 12 races since then. Wicked Blue ran an adequate race on December 17. The mare showed 3rd in a $19,000 assignment, with a time of 20.060 seconds at 400 yards. It was nice to get into the top-3 after going 6th, 6th, 5th in three straight outings.
Prior to showing 3rd, Wicked Blue finished 5th on November 19 in a $16,000 assignment. If she can stay the course, then there’s a good chance at striking with a trip to the winner’s circle on Monday. Taylor Made Cartel, lining up right next to Wicked Blue in the gate, should give a good account in this event as well.
Taylor Made Cartel has graded experience, including his most recent appearance in the $273,763 LQHBA Breeders Derby (Gr. 3) on December 19 at Evangeline. That was a nice showing by Taylor Made Cartel to finish 4th after showing 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup Derby on November 21. Against this competition on Monday, a win shouldn’t be too far away.
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Race 5 is a 220-yard race for a $5,300 purse. Ten horses are expected to run, with D Golden Fortune and Ms Cruzin Fast horses to watch. D Golden Fortune made a promising debut on February 2 in a $5,300 event. She placed 2nd behind Kr Apollitical Chick by a neck after getting caught late.
Golden Fortune was a big underdog in that race, so the performance was certainly a welcome effort. If she can repeat, then certainly a win is going to be in the equation. Note that Golden Fortune was timed at 12.041 seconds in the 220-yard race to put her in good standing. She will remain in the same class, while she might have to deal with a barking underdog on the inside dropping classes.
Ms Cruzin Fast is cutting her class in half after running around the $10,000 level. Winless in eight races, she is moving down from a $10,300 event to $5,300 on Monday. She progressed nicely in her most recent outing, going from 7th to 5th late to bypass a couple foes late. Ms Cruzin Fast was clocked at 12.224 seconds to put her two noses and a neck away from a win. There is too much value on Ms Cruzin Fast to ignore her down in class.