There are four racecourses operating on Monday, with Indiana Grand, Parx, Turf Paradise, and Will Rogers Downs racing. It’s the calm before the storm over the next two weeks, as the 147th Kentucky Derby will take place on May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The $3,000,000 Kentucky Derby (Gr. 1) is set to take place with fans this year.
There isn’t any big race to note on Monday. The next graded event will be at Keeneland on the turf with the running of the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (Gr. 3) on Friday. The $250,000 San Francisco Mile (Gr. 3) is the biggest race of the weekend, which will be at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley on Saturday. It’s one of the most notable days on the calendar at Golden Gate Fields.
Along with this card at Turf Paradise, we have picks at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma on Monday. Check out our Will Rogers Downs page if you are looking for more horse racing picks this afternoon. Turf Paradise has $138,000 in prize money available in the desert. Head below for our free Turf Paradise picks for April 19, 2021.
Post Time: 3:44 p.m. PST
In our first selection at Turf Paradise, Race 6 has seven horses running 6 furlongs for a $9,500 purse. Tico Time and Keeponrockinmebaby should have a presence in this event. Tico Time is winless in seven performances in her career. She has finished in the top-3 a couple of times, but that’s all in terms of success.
Since showing 3rd on March 9, Tico Time has gone 4th in back-to-back performances on March 22 and April 1. In his most recent assignment, he finished 4th in a $9,500 event. He angled out in that race and couldn’t recover in the stretch. Having said that, Tico Time was only 3 ½ lengths and a beck away from a win in that race. If he stays the course and doesn’t angle out like that, then a win could have been possible.
Keeponrockinmebaby has gone 4th, 5th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd in his career. She had the best effort of her career recently in a $9,500 event on April 1. Keeponrockinmebaby placed 2nd behind Quandary by a neck in a close call at the wire. If Keeponrockinmebaby holds that form, she is going to be clear in this race. A recent 4-furlong workout of hers was impressive as well, with a time of 47.80 seconds at 4 furlongs. I would ride with the No. 2 horse.
Post Time: 5:08 p.m. PST
In Race 9, we have 6 furlongs of racing for a $16,500 purse. 11 horses will take to the gate for this event. My First Pearl and Gemstone Gal should have a good chance at the top prize in Race 9. My First Pearl is a one-time winner in five events, going 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 2nd in her career.
She won as a rookie in October by Melancholy Blues by 1 length in a $20,500 event. That was an impressive debut for My First Pearl. She was able to get close in her most recent attempt on March 15. My First Pearl placed 2nd behind Pirates Cross by a neck for a $17,000 purse. Another performance like that is going to put My First Pearl close.
Gemstone Gal has gone 7th, 5th, 1st, 2nd in her career. She was a winner on February 8 over Metarose by 10 ¼ lengths in a $13,000 assignment. That was much too easy for Gemstone Gal. In her next outing, she placed 2nd behind Don’tpassthepepper by a head for a $50,000 purse. The value on Gemstone Gal is really hard to ignore given that effort on March 12. I like Gemstone Gal to get the win.
Post Time: 5:36 p.m. PST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
Race 10 is a $18,500 race covering 7 ½ furlongs. I have My Crafty Gal and Flying to the Line circled on my shortlist to win. My Crafty Gal is 9 for 27 in her career, finishing 3rd, 3rd, DNF, 1st, 2nd in her previous five attempts. She beat Bold Rey by 1 ¼ lengths in a $10,000 event on February 9.
My Crafty Gal came back on March 19 to place 2nd behind Just Classy by 2 ¼ lengths for a $11,000 purse. Her most recent effort was not encouraging in the least. My Craft Gal is going to have to run better to get the win in this $18,500 event. Flying to the Line is 3 for 19 in her career, and has been in good form going into Monday.
The mare has finished 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 3rd in her previous four entries. Flying to the Line was a 1 length winner in a $17,000 assignment on February 23, and then came back to go 2nd in a $23,500 event by ¾ lengths, and then showed 3rd for a $18,500 event on March 29. This looks like a winnable race for Flying to the Line, and she should go in with good value.