We have a slightly bigger slate on offer Wednesday with 12 tracks open for wagering at BetOnline. A Daily Double winner at Indiana Grand was the highlight from Tuesday, while we were one horse away from completing the Pick 3. That hurts when you come a leg away, but I will gladly take the Daily Double win and move on to Wednesday. Try coming one spot away from missing out on a Pick 6. Fortunately the Pick 5 was more than enough for a monster day at Churchill Downs in May, but that would have been quite the accomplishment to nail a Pick 6.
Do we have any new Tiz the Law news? Yes, Barclay Tagg is passing on the Preakness and pointing him elsewhere for his next race. It appears that his next outing will be in the Breeders Cup Classic on November 7. Tagg indicated that Tiz isn’t ready to run right now, so the hope of a rematch against Authentic is dashed.
That’s not to say they can’t see each other again in the future, but it won’t be in October. Good move by Tagg if Tiz isn’t in the proper form to run in the Preakness. There isn’t much use wasting a start on him when he can gear up for the Breeders Cup in two months. Authentic becomes the clear favorite for the Preakness, but will likely have to deal with a couple of other horses in the stretch.
We are in Cleveland for three picks at Thistledown on Wednesday. Thistledown has a total of $99,900 available across eight races this afternoon. Head below for our free Thistledown picks for September 23, 2020.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. EST
Race 4 will be our first look at Thistledown on Wednesday. This event will cover 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $11,000 purse. It should be a good battle between Doctor Lee and Khalfani in the stretch. Doctor Lee has gone 8 for 53 in his career and running close recently. He showed 3rd in each of his last two races in a slightly higher class on September 8.
Doctor Lee finished 3rd in that $12,200 race. His latest win was on March 10 by a neck in a $18,500 event. He drove hard from the ¾ pole from 5th to 1st to steal a win as a mid-tier horse in that particular race. That was his second win in three races. Since his most recent victory, Doctor Lee has finished 2nd, 4th, 5th, 3rd, 3rd in his previous five outings.
Khalfani will be coupled with Temple Mount. Khalfani gets the No. 1 post position, while Temple Mount is on the outside. The No. 1 horse might be the strongest in this field. He’s 3 for 7 in his career and has done everything right since debuting 7th on February 27. Khalfani has finished in the top-3 in six straight races since, including three wins.
In his latest outing, Khalfani was a 2 ¼ length winner over Storm Peak in a $10,700 event. He was a willing participant and rewarded with a win. Temple Mount might be able to get close as well. He’s 2 for 23 in his career, and top-3 in three straight performances. Temple Mount was a back-to-back winner on July 15 and August 5, with a 3 ½ length win in a $9,300 event in August. I will give the edge to his stablemate, Khalfani, to get to the wire first.
Post Time: 2:50 p.m. EST
The Race 5 field will run a mile for a $9,300 purse on Wednesday afternoon. Little Matilda and Kennedie Sky should put a charge in the stretch in Race 5. Little Matilda is 4 for 17 in her career and is looking to get back on the winning path after finishing 7th and 6th in his previous two performances. Prior to those performances, Little Matilda was in the top-3 in 8 of 9 races. She was in the top-2 in 4 of her previous 6.
In her most recent race, Little Matilda finished 6th in a $16,400 event, so she gets a drop in class looking to find an easier assignment. In the most recent race Little Matilda got into the money was on July 22 at Belterra Park in a $11,600 event. This is further down in class than that race, so it would be within reason to believe that Little Matilda will be running near or at the front in the stretch.
Kennedie Sky has been in good form to finish 2nd, 1st, 2nd in her previous three races. Overall, she is 6 for 46 in her career. In her most recent win, Kennedie Sky won by 1 ½ lengths over Immaculate Heart for a $11,000 purse. She followed up to place 2nd behind Hasty Lady. Kennedie Sky has been in good form recently and should be in the mix in the stretch. I think she is worth a bet in Race 5.
Post Time: 3:50 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
The feature race of the day at Thistledown covers 5 ½ furlongs for a $23,000 purse. Scared Warior, Golden Money, and Duplicator hold a chance for the top prize in Race 7. Scared Warior is 2 for 17 dating back to his debut last year.
He’s been in good form recently to finish 1st and 2nd. He was a ¾ length winner on August 20 in a $21,500 event and followed up to place 2nd on September 5. Sacred Warior finished 2 ½ lengths behind Disclosure in that event.
Goldey Money is the betting favorite and has had a similar fate recently. He won two races ago on August 11 in a $29,300 race by 4 ¾ lengths over Hugh Are You. This was after finishing 8th in the same class, so he looked like a different horse out there on the track.
Golden Money followed up for 3rd on September 5 in a $31,700 event. This is down in class compared to those outings, so it’d be a really poor effort by Golden Money if she doesn’t get into the picture in the stretch.
Duplicator is looking to get back to the winner’s circle after winning three races ago on June 9. That was for $16,200 over 5 ½ furlongs on the turf. After finishing 7th on the grass in his next outing, Duplicator moved to the dirt track in his most recent entry. He finished 3rd in a $20,200 event on August 16, his most recent outing.
Expect all three horses to have an opportunity to reach the winner’s circle in Race 7. In the end, expect Golden Money to use his experience in tougher races to run the best here. This is by far from the hardest race that Golden Money has participated in. It was only just over a month ago that Golden Money won a $29,300 race, and then got into the money in a $31,700 race a few weeks ago. I’m on board with Golden Money here.