We’re back on the horse racing track on Tuesday after taking the day off to focus on Monday Night Football props last night. As is usually the case early on in the week, it’s a small racecard with some of the smaller racecourses getting an opportunity to attract most of the betting handle.
That said, Tuesday is a rare opportunity for Kentucky Downs. The Sunday card was pushed back to today due to rain. BetOnline has eight tracks available across North American, with six in the US and two in Canada. The $30,000 Winnipeg Futurity at Assibioa is the only stakes race of the day, and it’s not much of a stakes event with only $30,000 available.
Our last stop was on Sunday afternoon at Gulfstream Park. That was a success with 2 of 3 horses going to the winner’s circle to make for a profitable day in Hallandale Beach. For our first look at the ponies on Tuesday, we’ll be at Thistledown in Cleveland for eight races worth $116,500. Head below for our free Thistledown picks for September 15, 2020.
Post Time: 2:50 p.m. EST
We will get started at Thistledown with 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $9,700 purse. Sing Him a Song and Shakurr are likely going to duel in the stretch. Both are in good form and should have an advantage over the competition in this spot.
Shakurr is a veteran gelding with 43 races of experience. In those 43 races, Shakurr is a winner in 6 races, so not the best winning percentage. However, Skakurr has been in good form recently.
Shakurr has gone 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 4th, 1st, 2nd in his previous six outings. In his most recent victory, Shakurr beat Springmeier by a head in a $9,700 event. He was 3rd at the top of the stretch and felt good deep into that race to overtake the field at 6 furlongs.
He followed up for another nice performance to place 2nd on August 24. Shakurr lost by 2 ½ lengths against Soul of Discretion in another $9,700 race. In any case, Shakurr has finished in the top-3 in 5 of his last 6 entries and should be involved in the stretch again.
Sing Him a Song dropped in class after finishing 5th on August 5 in a $15,000 event. That performance was after a win on July 4 in a $11,000 race. His two wins in 2020 have all been for more than $10,000, the other in April for a $17,500 purse. Overall, Sing Him a Song is 7 for 34 in his career.
Sing Him a Song finished 3rd as the favorite in his last outing on August 24. Shakurr finished a length ahead of him in that race. A month later they meet again, and I think Sing Him a Song can respond to flip the script and edge out Shakurr this time. He should be able to show that he’s the better horse on Tuesday afternoon.
Post Time: 3:20 p.m. EST
Race 6 has 6 more furlongs at Thistledown, though this race is up class to the $14,200 level for the females. We should have another good race against two horses. Star of Pride and Cryptonic Catwalk should get into it at the top of the stretch. Star of Pride has won just 1 race in 23 career efforts, though. In her previous four races, Star of Pride has finished 10th, 4th, 7th, 4th, so it’s been a struggle for her to get in the money.
In her most recent entry, Star of Pride finished 4th in a $14,200 event on August 25. She moved down in class after finishing 7th on August 5. It was expected to be a better run for Star of Pride as the slight second favorite. Perhaps we finally see Star of Pride live up to expectations on Tuesday afternoon in Cleveland. I think he should finally at least be able to get into the top-3 in this event. This isn’t the biggest test.
Cryptonic Catwalk is 1 for 9 in her career and showed nice form recently. She has finished 1st, 2nd, 2nd in her previous three performances, and in the top-2 in 4 of her last 5 outings. In her win on February 1, Cryptonic Catwalk won by a neck over Friendly Merger in a $29,600 race at Mahoning Valley. She responded for 2nd in back-to-back outings at Thistledown. If Cryptonic Catwalk runs up to her full expectations this afternoon, then a win should be within reach.
Post Time: 4:20 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 40 Yards
Thistledown closes out their Tuesday racecard with a mile and 40 yards for a $20,000 purse. This should be an event between Kendalin and My Bets. It’d be surprising if we’re in the stretch and Kendalin and My Bets aren’t in the fray.
Kendalin is winless in three career races, but got into the money in two of them. Kendalin finished 3rd as a first-time runner on July 4 at the $20,000 level, and then followed up for 6th in another $20,000 event. Kendalin was able to fire back to place 2nd in a $20,000 race on September 1.
However, that race was a blowout win for Garden Affair. Garden Affair ran up the score over Kendalin for a 13 ¼ length win. She was a $130,000 purchase at auction in 2018 and expected to win races like this. That said, her connections are still waiting on Kendalin living up to her expectations.
My Bets is a two-time runner with finishes of 2nd and 4th. She placed 2nd in her debut on May 31 at Churchill Downs in a $28,000 event. That was a terrific debut as an underdog, showing great kick in the stretch to go from 6th at the top to 2nd at the wire.
She was transferred to Keeneland for her next performance and finished 4th in a $35,000 event. My Bets is well down in class today after those two races. This is the easiest assignment in her young carer so far. My Bets looks like the winner in Race 8.