Thistledown Selections for September 16, 2020 – Horse Racing Picks

Thistledown Selections for September 16, 2020 – Horse Racing Picks

After a successful day at Thistledown on Tuesday, we’re back for more on Wednesday in Cleveland. We were unable to get the sweep, but came through with two winning horses in three races. My Bets closed out the day for us at Thistledown with a 5 ½ length win. She was clear going into the stretch and drew away easily.

Sing Him a Song was our other winner at even money. He had it even easier with a 1 length lead at the ¼ pole and it developed into a 6 length victory over Shakurr. Shakurr was our next favorite horse in that race, so congrats if you played the exacta.


If you’re looking for a Preakness update regarding Tiz the Law, you aren’t going to get it because nothing changed on Tuesday. Barclay Tagg has kept his poker face regarding his status. On a side note, Honor A. P. must retire because of an injury sustained in the Kentucky Derby. That’s a good horse that will unfortunately have to stop racing.

Thistledown has eight more races in Cleveland on Wednesday worth a total of $112,500. All eight races will be on the dirt. Thistledown only has a mile long dirt track and doesn’t have turf racing. Head below for our free Thistledown picks for September 16, 2020.

Race 1

(1) Mutataany
+600 (6/1)
(2) Obiwan
+250 (5/2)
(3) Murtagh
+300 (3/1)
(4) Yesus Star
+450 (9/2)
(5) Cousin
+800 (8/1)
(6) Disciple
+350 (7/2)

Post Time: 12:50 p.m. EST
Distance:1 Mile 40 Yards

A mile and 40 yards will get us going at Thistledown on Wednesday afternoon. This event will be worth $20,000 with a six-horse field expected to participate. Obiwan and Disciple are going to be tough customers to keep up with in Race 1.

Disciple will run out of the No. 6 post position and looking for the first win of his career. He has finished 6th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd so steady improvement has been noted. In his most recent entry, Disciple showed for the first time in his career for 3rd on September 2.

Disciple finished ¾ lengths behind Obiwan for 2nd place. Obiwan was 2 ½ steps behind Wyatts Warrior for the win in that performance. That was for a $20,000 purse, so both horses remain in the same class. Wyatts Warrior was a mild underdog in that race, while Obiwan was expected to have a far better run.

Obiwan closed as a fairly heavy favorite, but couldn’t close the deal out. He had a 10 length lead on the 3rd place horse at the top of the stretch, though allowed Disciple to play catch up. Perhaps some better kick in the stretch for Obiwan would have resulted in a winning effort. He won’t have to worry about Wyatts Warrior today, though.

Obiwan is winless in 14 career races, but has finished in the top-3 in three straight performances. Since arriving at Thistledown in July, Obiwan has been strong and in easier company on the track. For a $125,000 purchase in 2019, he is expected to start winning now. Against this competition, it should happen on Wednesday in Race 1.

The Bet

Race 5

(1) Circle Will Run
+350 (7/2)
(2) So Go My Luceille
+250 (5/2)
(3) Check Out Line
+300 (3/1)
(4) Pistol Packin Bos
+600 (6/1)
(5) Shore of Eden
+450 (9/2)
(6) Rollin So Wicked
+800 (8/1)

Post Time: 2:50 p.m. EST
Distance:6 Furlongs

Race 5 is a mid-tier event at Thistledown on Wednesday, with a purse of $14,900 available for 6 furlongs of racing. Check Out Line and So Go My Luceille should present bold bids going into the stretch.

They should be close to the target goal in Race 5. Check Out Line has been struggling a bit of late after finishing 1st, 1st, 2nd. Since that nice run, Check Out Line has finished 4th, 8th, 5th her previous three performances.

In her latest performance, Check Out Line finished 5th on September 2 in a $31,700 event. Her 8th place finish was for a $31,700 purse as well. When Check Out Line was a winner last, she won a $13,200 race by 3 lengths on June 13. She followed up to place 2nd in a $13,600 event. Check Out Line is back down in class after struggling to generate anything at the $31,700 level.

So Go My Luceille is in search of a hat-trick after two wins in August. She won by 3 ¾ lengths over Cryptonic Catwalk on August 11, and then followed up for another nice performance for a 1 ¼ length win over Answer Quietly.

This was after So Go My Luceille struggled to perform for two $29,300 purses. Overall she is 3 for 10 in her career, and in all wins, they were in this class of around $13,000 to $15,000. Expect a competitive race, with So Go My Luceille having just enough in the tank.

The Bet

Race 7

(1) Mr Lightning Boy
+600 (6/1)
(2) Ruling Empire
+800 (8/1)
(3) Forest Chatter
+1000 (10/1)
(4) Homers Magic
+350 (7/2)
(5) Astro Jak
+450 (6/1)
(6) Lewys Vaporizer
+300 (3/1)
(7) Shadow Tracer
+250 (5/2)

Post Time: 3:50 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs

We will close out the day in Cleveland with a selection in this 5 ½ furlong race for a $16,400 race. Lewys Vaporizer and Shadow Tracer should be involved in the finish in Race 7. Lewys Vaporizer has been in good form in his last four events. He has gone 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 1st in his previous four.

In his first win during that stretch, Lewys Vaporizer went 4 ½ lengths over Mr Lightning Boy to get a $16,400 win. In his most recent performance, Lewys Vaporizer won by a neck over Zulu Legend as the 4/5 favorite.

Overall, Lewys Vaporizer has gone 18 for 47 in his career. He is coming off a really good workout on September 3, with a time of 47.30 seconds at 4 furlongs. That’s up from 49.40 seconds in July. In the last race Lewys Vaporizer didn’t finish in the top-2, he finished 8th on April 2 in a $25,000 race.

That’s too tough, but this kind of class puts Lewys Vaporizer in solid contention for another $16,400 win. In his most recent loss, Lewys Vaporizer barely lost by a head on July 16 and had to settle for place money. He can win this race, but he’ll have to knock off a horse on fire. Shadow Tracer is sizzling hot with five straight wins.

He won both of his assignments in August. Shadow Tracer defeated Lovely Heir by a half length for a $15,000 purse in a duel in the stretch. In his next performance, Shadow Tracer beat that same horse by 5 ¼ lengths in a more comfortable win. Shadow Tracer’s current form can’t be ignored, though he’ll have to fight off Lewys Vaporizer in the stretch. Look for Shadow Tracer to escape with a win in Race 7.

The Bet
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.