A wild long weekend is in the books, as a Kentucky Derby champion was crowned, along with several stakes winners. The big winner on Sunday was Dr. Schivel at Del Mar in California. He won the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (Gr. 1) to clear the field in the stretch and finish ahead of Bob Baffert’s Spielman.
Spielman is a $1,000,000 horse and has been beaten by $37,000 Dr. Schivel twice in less than a month. In only the fourth race of Dr. Schivel’s career, he’s running way much better than his purchase price indicates. Dr. Schivel is a horse to keep an eye on in the future. Beating Spielman in back-to-back efforts is impressive. Following the long weekend, we have a small card on Tuesday with the small tracks getting an opportunity for some attention.
BetOnline is offering ten race courses on Tuesday, with eight in the US and two in Canada. Parx, Indiana Grand, and Thistledown might be the most recognizable names open for racing today. For our first racecard, let’s see what we can do at Thistledown in Cleveland with this eight-race card. Head below for our free Thistledown picks for September 8, 2020.
Post Time: 1:20 p.m. EST
Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
Race 2 will cover 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $13,900 purse. The Gospel of Mark and Ma Moo Power should be involved in the stretch. The Gospel of Mark has finished 5th, 6th, 3rd, 9th in his previou four performances.
His best effort was on August 13 to show 3rd in a $13,900 event. Following that race, The Gospel of Mark struggled in a $27,500 race to finish 9th on August 26. That was much too difficult for The Gospel of Mark, but he’s back down in a manageable class for Tuesday.
I wasn’t particularly thrilled with morning work from The Gospel of Mark. He completed 3 furlongs in 38.40 and 41 seconds, with 4 furlongs in 53.40 seconds and 5 furlongs in 1:06.80. This isn’t the most difficult field for The Gospel of Mark to contend with, though he is going to have to be better than his last two outings.
His biggest rival in this one, Ma Moo Power, has been in the presence of one another in the past. In the August 13 race at Thistledown, Ma Moo Power finished 1 ½ lengths ahead of The Gospel of Mark to claim 2nd place. Ma Moo Power has placed in back-to-back events after dropping in class.
He finished 2nd on July 22 in a $13,900 event, losing by ¾ lengths against Jack Sparrow. Ma Moo Power followed up in a similar race to finish 1 ½ lengths behind Trombone Easton and 1 ½ lengths ahead of The Gospel of Mark. This isn’t a hard field. It should result in Ma Moo Power having the upper hand based on recent form.
Post Time: 3:20 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 6 covers 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $20,000 purse. We should see a battle between Sky and Sixty Cent in the stretch for the win. Sky wasn’t great as a first-time runner on June 28 at Gulfstream Park, but is capable of more. She finished 5th in a $36,000 event at Gulfstream Park on June 28.
With the move down in class, expect Sky to show more on Tuesday. She’s looked good in the morning, with recorded times of 47.30, 50, 48.40, and 1:01.80. With her rookie run out of the way, Sky should be able to run a much better race, especially now that she’s down in class for Tuesday. Sixty Cent is capable of a lot more from her previous run as well.
Sixty Cent was excellent as a rookie on May 30 at Tampa Bay Downs. She placed 2nd behind Royal Habibi by 8 ¼ lengths, but was 4 lengths up for place claims. Royal Habibi was an overwhelming favorite and ran like it in that race. Her next race was disappointing, with Sixty Cent finishing 11th as the second favorite in a $30,000 race.
If Sixty Cent runs like she did in her debut effort, then a win should be well within reach. She just didn’t break well out of the gate in her second run and 11th was the consequence. After slipping up in that performance, expect Sixty Cent to run a much cleaner race on Tuesday and get much closer to the winner’s circle.
Post Time: 3:50 p.m. EST
Race 7 is a $16,400 event covering a mile on the dirt. Three Illusions and J P’s Glady should have a chance in the stretch. J P’s Glady is 9 for 48 in her career and has been in decent form recently. She has finished 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th in her previous seven races. In her most recent win, J P’s Glady won by 5 ½ lengths over Pupil’s Purrfect in a $24,300 event.
J P’s Glady is down in class after struggling in the same class thereafter. She didn’t look great in her most recent performance, which was for a $24,300 purse on August 26. J P’s Glady finished 5th and is being sent down to a $16,400 race today as a result. Much to her disappointment, she is going to have to deal with a red-hot Three Illusions in this race. Three Illusions has been stomping the competition with five straight wins.
Three Illusions is on a heater with win after win since June 15. This is by far the best form of her career, who is 9 for 42 overall in her career. Three Illusions has won by 2 ¾ lengths, 15 ¾ lengths, and 1 length in her previous three entries in July and August. With J P’s Glady down in class, I think she has the best opportunity to knock off Three Illusions, but it’s hard to fade a horse as hot as Three Illusions right now.