Saturday is a full card at BetOnline, with a total of 15 racecourses available for wagering. Most of the attention will be on Fair Grounds for the Louisiana Derby. The Louisiana Derby is a $1,000,000 Grade 1 race with 100 points going to the winner to put towards the Kentucky Derby. I don’t believe we have the winner of the Kentucky Derby running in the Louisiana Derby on Saturday, but I’m interested in seeing what Mandaloun does with the opportunity. If he dominates this field, then I might be inclined to give him some consideration in May. It should be a good race, and an exciting card which features 14 races at Fair Grounds Race Course.
TheSportsGeek has Fair Grounds covered for Saturday, and we’re also going back out west to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Santa Anita Park has one stakes race, and a total of $455,000 across nine events. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for March 20, 2021.
Post Time: 1:35 p.m. PST
Race 2 at Santa Anita is a $35,000 event covering 6 furlongs on the dirt. Cashlings and None Above the Law should have strong showings in the stretch. Cashlings has been in good form and should compete well in this race. The gelding has gone 2nd, 1st, 3rd in his career, with a win on January 22 for the best performance of his career.
He beat Bolu by 4 ¼ lengths for a $25,000 purse in that one. The race was too easy, and he closed as unbettable favorite given the odds. On a transfer to Golden Gate Fields on February 27 for a $19,000 race, Cashlings should have done better there than show 3rd, though. He’s back to Santa Anita on Saturday for a $36,000 assignment.
None Above the Law is a one-time winner in six performances. He’s coming off a tough appearance in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. 2). It was a good experience for None Above the Law, but didn’t have much hope in that one. He was bumped early and didn’t recover. It was the fourth stakes race for None Above the Law in his career.
In his one win, None Above the Law defeated Wedding Groom by 1 length in a $21,000 event. Since then, he’s been racing in stakes races for the most part, so this $36,000 event should be much easier than he has experienced recently. None Above the Law should breakaway in the stretch for a win on these terms Saturday.
Post Time: 2:48 p.m. PST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 4 is worth $61,000 for 6 ½ furlongs of racing on the main track. Six horses are expected to participate in this event. Crash Corrigan and Thrive should be tough to beat if they want to run on Saturday. Crash Corrigan is winless in seven races, placing 2nd in back-to-back outings on February 15 and February 26 going into Saturday.
In the first race, Crash Corrigan was a half length behind Big Story for a $61,000 purse. Then Crash Corrigan followed up just over a week later to place behind Letsgetlucky by 1 ½ lengths in a $61,500 race. He continues to get close and can’t be discounted on Saturday afternoon. If it wasn’t for Thrive in the field, Crash Corrigan would likely be a heavy favorite in this one.
Thrive showed 3rd in debut run on February 26. Crash Corrigan edged Thrive out for 2nd by a nose in that race. It was Thrive’s first race, though, and he is expected to improve from that performance. He still attracted slightly more money as a rookie than Crash Corrigan in that race. With a bit of experience on his side now, expect Thrive to run just a bit better than Crash Corrigan this time around.
Race 7 – San Luis Rey Stakes
Post Time: 4:25 p.m. PST
Distance:1 ½ Miles
The feature race at Santa Anita Park is a unique event on the downhill turf. Five horses will compete for a $100,000 purse in this one. Masteroffoxhounds and is looking for a hat-trick on Saturday after wins on November 28 and February 6.
In his most recent showing, Masteroffoxhounds looked impressive in the $200,000 San Macros Stakes (Gr. 2) by 1 ¼ lengths over Acclimate. It was a nice showing and should put forth a solid effort on Saturday as well. He certainly rates as a threat to all in the San Luis Rey Stakes (Gr. 3).
United has been a model of consistency and a graded runner for nearly two years. He has appeared in nine straight graded events in his career. United won four of those performances, and top-3 in eight out of nine outings. The streak came to an end in the $4,000,000 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Gr. 1).
He finished 8th in the toughest race of his career, though he’s moving all the way down to a Grade 3 $100,000 race for Saturday. Preceding that outing, United beat Originaire by 1 ½ lengths in the John Henry Turf Championship Stakes (Gr. 2) on September 26. Back down in class after the Breeders’ Cup entry, look for United to get back to his winning ways in the San Luis Rey.