There is horse racing in the desert on Monday afternoon at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Along with Turf Paradise, there are a handful of other tracks operational, with Delta Downs, Will Rogers Downs, Louisiana Downs, and Parx all with cards on Easter Monday. There should be some standardbred racing available as well. I like harness racing, too, but typically only bet on it if I’m at the racetrack.
It was an exciting weekend of racing, with Essential Quality proving that he’s a threat to win the Kentucky Derby. Barring an injury. Essential Quality edged out Highly Motivated by a neck for the win. Highly Motivated is a good horse, so not too surprising that Essential Quality had to fight for a win. Now it’s Concert Tour’s turn to show that he deserves to be the morning-line favorite for the 147th Kentucky Derby.
I have futures on Concert Tour and Essential Quality, with Essential Quality already down to +450 after I took him at +650. We have three selections at Delta Downs this afternoon if you are interested in more horse racing picks. Turf Paradise has ten races worth a modest $89,900 on Monday. There are a few quarter horses races to get started in the desert. Head below for our free Turf Paradise picks for April 5, 2021.
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Race 3 is a $3,500 quarter horse race on the dirt covering 300 yards. This is a race for the inexperienced. Only one horse has run before in this event, with Mister Bigg joining a field of rookies with no race experience going into Monday. Branch Rickie completed a couple of workouts in preparation for Monday.
He was timed at 11.98 and 11.79 seconds at 220 yards. That’s encouraging for Branch Rickie going into the first ever run in his career. First races can always be a bit intimidating, though. It can be a mixed bag sometimes. When it comes to Mister Bigg, he handled his first run brilliantly.
Mister Bigg was impressive as a rookie runner on March 10 for a $5,000 purse. He drifted in late to secure a win by a neck. Mister Bigg was clocked at 14.031 seconds in the 350-yard event. His workouts have been in good order as well. If Mister Bigg is interested in running today, he should be able to nip this field at the wire.
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Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 6 is a $8,000 event on the dirt covering 4 ½ furlongs. We move from the quarter horses to the thoroughbreds at Turf Paradise. Race 6 includes eight horses on the main track. Fiera Canela and Pacific Silence should have a strong presence in this event.
Pacific Silence is a Jonathan Wong trainee, who is also the owner. Wong is a young and up and comer that is having a lot of success early in his career. He will be tested by Fiera Canela on Monday afternoon at Turf Paradise. Fiera Canela is winless in nine races, but might have found an event she can strike in.
Fiera Canela has finished 6th, 6th, 5th, 2nd, 5th in her previous five attempts. She placed 2nd in a $8,000 event behind Heavenly Arch by 2 lengths. Heavenly Arch was the big favorite in that race, while Fiera Canela wasn’t expected to be near the front. With that in mind, it was a success for Fiera Canela.
However, she regressed to 5th on March 23 in the same class. She opened up early, but faded down the stretch. Pacific Silence will be there to take advantage if Fiera Canela slacks again. The filly is winless in 14 races after failing to have success on the synthetic track at Golden Gate Fields. Pacific Silence has finished 4th in all three of her previous events.
She was 4th in her most recent assignment on March 11 in a $10,000 event. This was after 4th in another $10,000 event on February 15. Jonathan recently took Pacific Silence over from Sherrie Monroe. Expect him to get some more out of Pacific Silence beginning on Monday.
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Race 7 is another $8,000 event at Turf Paradise on Monday afternoon. New York Proud and Paisano should have a strong say in the stretch. New York Proud is winless in 14 races in his career and still searching for a win.
In his previous five outings, New York Proud finished 7th, 7th, 4th, 4th, 2nd leading up to Monday. He’s coming off one of the best performances of his career on March 16. For the third time, New York Proud placed 2nd in a race. He placed behind Little Bubs by 3 lengths for a $8,000 purse.
Paisano is winless in seven races, finishing 4th, 5th, 5th, 4th in his previous four attempts. He is coming off a 4th place performance on March 12 in a $22,000 assignment. Prior to that showing, Paisano was 5th for a $25,000 event.
He has only raced at Del Mar and Santa Anita Park in his career. Paisano is taking a big class drop going to Turf Paradise on Monday. Expect him to find much easier competition at Turf Paradise. Look for a big run for Paisano against this competition.