We are back on Wednesday at the racetrack looking for some winning horses throughout the US. BetOnline seven thoroughbred racecourses available for wagering, and a handful of harness racing is going to be up on the board at the racebook. Don’t look now, but prep racing for the Kentucky Derby begins shortly. It feels like the Kentucky Derby was just run a few weeks ago.
The Run for the Roses was pushed back to October, so it wasn’t that long ago. The schedule for the Kentucky Derby is going to return to normalcy this year. They are expecting to hold the Derby on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs. That’s the good news, but fan access is going to be TBD. The Road to the Kentucky Derby begins at Fair Grounds on Saturday. Fair Grounds has six stakes races on the schedule.
Penn National Race Course has 11 races on Wednesday worth a grand total of $186,200 in prize money. The backstretch at Penn National is usually crowded enabling Penn National to put on a lot of events. We’ll get started in Pennsylvania at Penn National today. Head below for our free Penn National Race Course picks on January 12, 2021.
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We are off and running at Penn National Race Course in Race 2. This event covers 6 furlongs for a $14,400 purse. Pettinberg and His Name Is Sue should be worth a look in this one. Pettinberg gets the inside rail out of the gate and might be able to use it well. He has finished 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 4th in his previous four outings to represent decent form.
In his win on September 14, Pettinberg beat Soul Machen by a half length in a $17,800 event. However, Pettinberg has failed to get back to the winner’s circle since that performance. In his most recent effort, he finished 4th on December 4 in a $15,400 event. Pettinberg will drop to a $1,000 to a $14,400 assignment on Wednesday. Overall, Pittenberg is 4 for 14 in his career, and has a chance of recording the fifth win today.
His Name Is Sue is 8 for 26 in his career, and coming off a tremendous performance on October 2 in his debut at Penn National. After placing 2nd in a $28,575 and 4th at Laurel Park in a $16,000 event, His Name Is Sue transferred to Penn National and won right away over Jeezum Jim by 2 lengths in a $18,100 event. His Name Is Sue was a commanding favorite in that race, and should find this one easy as well. If His Name Is Sue runs in the same form, a win should be within reach.
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Our next selection at Penn National is a 6-furlong event for a $17,000 purse. This is one of the bigger events at Penn National on Wednesday. Eight horses are scheduled to participate, with Stoneharbor Blonde and Unoquatrosiete on my watchlist for Race 5. Stoneharbor Blonde has finished 5th and 6th in her career, with a 5th place finish as a rookie on August 3 in a $40,000 assignment.
He came back on December 14 to finish 6th in a $21,000 event at Parx. Sliding down in class some more, Stoneharbor Blonde hopes to finally run a race that her connections are happy about. She hasn’t shown much to be excited about, but there’s only one horse in this event that has placed in their career. That is Unoquatrosiete who showed 3rd as a first-time runner on October 14 in a $17,000 race, and then placed 2nd behind Cinconola in the same class.
Unoquatrosiete managed to show improvement in that race, and if continues to go in the direction, he should find a win soon. Unoquatrosiete recently completed one of the best workouts of his career on December 30. He was clocked at 49.50 seconds at 4 furlongs to suggest improvements are being made. I would back the No. 7 horse to push hard from the outside and get this done.
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Race 6 is the feature race at Penn National on Wednesday in Pennsylvania. A good one between Charity Stripe and My Lilly Pad can be expected. Charity Stripe is 15 for 46 in her career and has been in nice form since June. She has finished in the top-3 in seven of her previous eight outings, including four wins during that stretch.
The run came to an end on December 21 in her most recent showing. Charity Striped finished 5th in a $22,000 assignment after placing 2nd on November 20 in a $28,900 race. The drop in class actually worked worse for Charity Stripe. She is back up to the $28,900 level on Wednesday at Penn National. My Lilly Pad is on fire right now with four straight wins after finishing 2nd as a first-time runner on November 17, 2019.
My Lilly Pad is 4 for 5 in her career going into tonight. She is coming off another productive run on November 24 to record another victory. My Lilly Pad defeated Rolls Royce Joyce by 2 ½ lengths in a $35,000 event. Most recently, she completed a 4-furlong workout with a time of 48.60 seconds. She gets unlucky drawing the No. 8 post position, but I still think strong enough to overcome her opponents in this one.