It was a close day at the track in Florida on Sunday afternoon. Needing just one more horse for a Pick 4 win, we came up short in Race 5. That never feels good, but it was still a great day if you bet them straight up as well. It would have been a very profitable day, especially combined with the perfect day in the KBO.
Along with coming a horse short of winning a Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park, our Daily Double at Lone Star Park fell by one race. That’s not nearly as frustrating as losing a Pick 4 by one horse, but it still would have been a nice payout. It’s not the first time and definitely won’t be the last time a multi-bet comes just short. We’re back on Monday looking for a winning day at the racecourse.
There are eight facilities racing in North America today, with Fort Erie in Ontario and eight across the US. None of the marquee tracks have races today, but next weekend the excitement is going to be kicked up tenfold. The Belmont Stakes will run on Saturday at Belmont Park in New York. It will be the biggest sporting event of the year in the US so far.
Despite the pandemic, horse racing has been the lone sport continuing on without stopping. Indiana Grand, formerly known as Indiana Downs, is a brand new option on Monday, as they open up their summer meet today. We’re over in Ohio at Thistledown for our first card of the day, which just resumed racing on June 4. Head below for our free Thistledown selections for June 15, 2020.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
This is our first Thistledown pick of the year, and hopefully it’s a success right out of the gate. We’ll begin with Race 3 at Thistledown, which features 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt for a $9,300 purse. Six horses are expected to participate in the event on Monday afternoon. I’m in a Hurry, Yo Berbs, and Clyde Park are going to be on my shortlist.
Clyde Park gets the inside rail out of the gate, and might be able to take advantage of the favorable post position. He’s won 10 of 70 races in his career, dating all the way back to 2012, which happened to be a win in his debut on August 23, 2012. Soon after, Clyde Park tried his luck at stakes racing and did alright. The highlight of his career was a win in the Gus Grissom Stakes on October 4, 2014.
After struggling in stakes races after that, Clyde Park hasn’t participated in one since 2015. It has been 12 races since Clyde Park found a victory. He’s placed twice after winning on July 27, 2019 but that’s it. In any case, Clyde Park looked good to place in his most recent performance on March 4. He finished a half length behind Dragster after just missing a win. His latest workout wasn’t encouraging, as Clyde Park was slow with a time of 43.66 seconds over 3 furlongs.
Yo Berbs has won 14 of 60 races and has been off since finishing 7th in February. He drops down in class, but Yo Berbs hasn’t been in good form since September. Since a hat-trick back then, Yo Berbs has finished 5th, 5th, 7th, 5th, 4th, 7th. She completed 3 furlongs at 38.80 seconds and 4 furlongs at 51 seconds. I like her over Clyde Park, but I’m in a Hurry over both horses.
I’m in a Hurry has been by far the most consistent runner in this race. He has finished in the top 3 in 12 of his previous 13 races. He won four of those events, with four straight wins from June 15, 2019 to August 27, 2019. Exactly a year later, can I’m in a Hurry start another consecutive win streak? She has 23 wins in 69 career races and has had promising workouts in the morning. With times of 48.44 at 4 furlongs and 36.81 seconds at 3 furlongs, she should be ready to go on Monday. I don’t know if I’m in a Hurry has another consecutive win streak, but should have a win to celebrate today.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. EST
Race 4 should be a fun race that might get into a duel between Leopoldo and After the Money. Toms Chuchu will likely lurk as well. He has looked decent in recent events to finish in the top-2 in 3 of 4 races. He won on February 11 for the first win of his career, and then followed that up by going 2nd, 5th, 2nd. Toms Chuchu placed in his most recent race on June 1 at Mountaineer Park. Solid run, but was no match for the winner, as Maxximum Energy won by 4 lengths. The win in February was the only win for Toms Chuchu with a win in 20 races.
Betting favorite, After the Money, gets the rail out of the gate and might be able to take advantage with just 5 furlongs of racing. After the Money hasn’t been able to take advantage of much throughout his career, though. He has gone just 1 for 47 races in his career, with the win on July 8, 2019. Since that win, After the Money has shown in just 1 of 7 races. He’s coming off a weak performance on October 17, 2019 for 8th. After the Money hasn’t been in the gate for a race since that performance. However, expect him to be in better form than that on Monday.
Leopoldo is coming off a strong performance on June 9. There should be no rust for Leopoldo in this race. Leopoldo finished a length back of Zeke the Streak. That effort would be enough to beat his opponents on Monday. He dropped a class after finishing 7th, 9th, 9th, 6th. This is the same class as his previous race, but is likely going to be a tick easier. The value is there with Leopoldo.
Post Time: 4:20 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
The last race at Thistledown on Monday features 5 ½ furlongs for a $8,500 purse. Eight horses are signed up for the event. Given the morning lines, there appears to be a bit of value out there. High Approval and Bubba are the most likely horses to compete strongly in Race 8. Bubba is in search of his first win after going winless in ten straight.
He finished 5th, 5th, 4th, and then turned it up to go 3rd, 2nd, 2nd in his previous three outings. Bubba lost by 9 ½ lengths against Linemaker and then 1 ¾ lengths in his most recent outing on October 12, 2019. It’s been a while since Bubba has hit the gate, but has looked fine in workouts. He completed 3 furlongs at 36.35 and 49.60 seconds in June. A win should be close, but he will have to deal with High Approval, who I believe is going to be a tough horse to keep up with in Race 8.
High Approval drops way down in class after finishing 7th, 3rd, 2nd, 4th in his previous four races at Gulfstream Park. The majority of horses that he saw at Gulfstream were much better than he’ll see today at Thistledown. This is his first race at a racecourse other than Gulfstream Park. All nine events since he raced as a first-time starter on April 12, 2019 have been in Hallandale Beach. He will likely appreciate the transfer to Thistledown where easier competition awaits.