In our second look on the racetrack Thursday, we stay on the east coast after playing Gulfstream Park in Florida. Pimlico Race Course in Maryland has a racecard, as do a lot of the big tracks on Thursday and through the weekend. You can find Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, and Pimlico Race Course racing on Thursday afternoon. Churchill Downs will be hosting the $1,250,000 Kentucky Oaks (Gr. 1) on Friday, and then for the main course on Saturday it’s the running of the 147th Kentucky Derby.
That is not the biggest race with regard to prize money of the year, by the way. However, it’s the most prestigious race in the US. The Breeders’ Cup Classic is worth more at $6,000,000, and internationally, the Saudi Cup is a whopping $20,000,000 event. In any case, there is nothing else like winning the Kentucky Derby with a shot at the Triple Crown.
Pimlico has nine races on the dirt worth $242,000 on Thursday. Pimlico Race Course is the home of the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, which will take place on May 15. You can find more horse racing picks on the Gulfstream Park page at TheSportsGeek. Head below for our free Pimlico picks for April 29, 2021.
Post Time: 1:13 p.m. EST
We will get started at Pimlico with Race 2 in Mayland. This is a 5-furlong event for a $30,000 purse on the dirt. Mojovation and Belle Tapisserie should be horses to watch in this one. Mojovation has a chance from the No. 1 post position. He is 4 for 24 in his career, with his most recent win a while ago on December 12, 2019.
That was six races ago, so Mojovation has been lightly used since then. In his most recent appearance, Mojovation showed 3rd on July 25 in a $49,000 event. That wasn’t a bad effort at all. We’ll have to see how the layoff impacts Mojovation, as he hasn’t raced since then. Look for Belle Tapisserie to put up a big fight in this race.
Belle Tapisserie is 11 for 30 in his career and on fire at the moment. He’s gone 1st, 1st, 1st in three straight performances and is looking for four in a row on Thursday afternoon. In his most recent appearance, Belle Tapisserie beat Appealing Future by 4 ¼ lengths for a $30,690 purse. This event should fit Belle Tapisserie just fine. Look for him to complete four straight wins on Thursday.
Post Time: 2:52 p.m. EST
Race 5 has a field of eleven runners competing for a $15,000 purse. They will travel 6 furlongs on the dirt. I’m looking at Company Clown and Big Rinne should have a good go at the top prize in this event. Big Rinne is a two-time winner in 11 attempts and has been in decent form recently. He finished 2nd, DNF, 2nd, 1st in his previous four attempts.
In his latest performance, Big Rinne defeated Aladdin Sane by 2 ¼ lengths for a $20,394 purse. That was a good run from Big Rinne, which came after placing 2nd in a $17,850 event on March 21. Big Rinne was 5 ¾ lengths behind after falling out of favor against Titan’s Will. Big Rinne is dropping from a mile to 6 furlongs. He’s typically gotten stronger deeper into races, so that might be a questionable move.
Company Clown is 2 for 11 in his career, with a win on February 12 in a $19,650 assignment. He was in good form to beat a big field by 4 ¼ lengths. There was never a threat to Company Clown in that performance. In his next and most recent showing, Company Clown placed 2nd behind Jungle Warrior by 2 ½ lengths in a $17,145 event. Company Clown seems to be on winning terms in Race 5 on Thursday.
Post Time: 3:25 p.m. EST
Race 6 goes for 5 furlongs on the main track at Pimlico. Golden Candy and In the Loop are both in good form and listed on my shortlist. Golden Candy is 5 for 17 in his career, and has been in the top-3 in six straight performances. He was a winner on October 15 in a $47,000 event over Woodland Walk by ¾ lengths.
That was the third win for Golden Candy in four attempts for a nice run. He didn’t finish as strong in his most recent event, though, but still a productive run to show 3rd for a $100,000 purse in the Concern Stakes. Obviously on those terms, it was still a nice effort for Golden Candy. He also showed three races ago in the $100,000 New Castle Stakes on September 26.
In the Loop has been a model of consistency in his career. The $150,000 In the Loop has finished in the top-2 in his last seven performances, including three straight wins from January 8 to February 27. In the Loop can add another win on Thursday to his resume. In his most recent attempt, he was a winner at Laurel Park over Ziggy Mon by 2 ½ lengths for a $53,324 purse.
Prior to that win, In the Loop beat Nomo Ron by 1 ¾ lengths in a $29,575 race, so the class jump didn’t hurt in the least. Despite this small layoff, In the Loop has looked sharp in morning workouts. He competed 5 furlongs with a sizzling time of 59 seconds on April 3. A win should be within reach for In the Loop.