As is customary early during the week, we have a small horse racing card throughout the country. There are four racecourses with betting available at BetOnline. We were dealing with just three for most of the winter on Mondays, so the addition of Turf Paradise recently is welcome. Turf Paradise was expected to begin their meet in October, but it was pushed back to January because of contract disputes between the track and horsemen. They’re off and running now, though, and must hope their handle is high to make up for lost time. Along with Turf Paradise, there are three other tracks, including Parx, Delta Downs, and Louisiana Downs. Louisiana Downs is a new addition to the winter session on Monday.
The weekend was all about the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach on Saturday. We sweep the board, with three selections and three winners, including the Pegasus World Cup Turf and Pegasus World Cup. The next marquee event to circle on the calendar is the Saudi Cup in a month. That is the richest race in the world, with a star-studded purse worth $20,000,000. You aren’t going to find that on Monday, but there are still some winnable opportunities. We will open the day in the desert at Turf Paradise, which has nine races on the docket worth a total of $106,100 in prize money. Head below for our free Turf Paradise Daily Double Pick for January 25, 2021.
Post Time: 12:30 p.m. MST
The first leg of our Daily Double at Turf Paradise is a mile race for a $17,500 purse. Six horses are expected to take to the gate and compete for the top prize in this one. We should have a good one between Smart Set and Princess of Cairo in the stretch on Monday afternoon. Smart Set is hot right now and searching for three wins in a row for a hat-trick.
She won on June 27 in a $29,000 event by 5 ¾ lengths in an easy trip. Then in her most recent outing, Smart Set beat Belle Breezing by 1 ¼ lengths in a $23,000 race as an underdog. It’s hard to ignore Smart Set in this spot. She is worthy of some consideration in Race 1 on your Daily Double ticket.
Just like Smart Set, Princess of Cairo is 2 for 5 in her career, but is not looking for a hat-trick today. There’s an easy explanation for that, though. Princess of Cairo is a stakes racer that has appeared in two, going 3rd and 1st in two Black Type events. She showed 3rd in the $50,000 BC Cup Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes on August 9, and then followed up to win a stakes race.
Princess of Cairo won the $40,000 Washington Oaks by 2 ¾ lengths over Daffodil Sweet. Her trip to Del Mar was too tough most recently, as she finished 8th in a $61,000 event. However, a transfer to Turf Paradise should do her well. Expect Princess of Cairo to handle this field following a steep drop in class on Monday.
Post Time: 12:58 p.m. MST
Seven horses will run about a mile on the dirt for a $16,300 purse in Race 2. Squared Straight and Macedonian Ruler should be the hot picks for this race. Macedonian Ruler is winless in five races, with results of 3rd, 3rd, 8th, 8th, 3rd. He’s shown a few times, but hasn’t been able to do any better. Macedonian Ruler showed 3rd on January 4 in his most recent performance.
He ran well, though it didn’t translate to a trip to the winner’s circle. Macedonian Ruler finished 3rd in the $16,300 event to cross the wire just a couple of noses short of a win. That could have easily gone to Macedonian Ruler. The fifth horse was only 2 ½ lengths off the lead, so it was a very competitive and entertaining race. I would expect Macedonian Ruler to be thereabout at the wire again on Monday.
Squared Straight will pressure Macedonian Ruler for the win on Monday afternoon. She is transferring to Turf Paradise after tough races at Del Mar and Santa Anita Park. Five of her ten outings have been on the road at Santa Anita Park. In her most recent trip, Squared Straight was 4th in a $61,000 purse. Prior to that showing she did the same for 4th. Expect Squared Straight to have a much better finish in this one down in class. In her first entry at a smaller racecourses after races at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Oaklawn, look for Squared Straight to handle this field.