We’re heading back to the desert on Wednesday afternoon at Turf Paradise. BetOnline has a decent selection of nine racecourses open for wagering between the afternoon and evening. Charles Town and Penn National are both evening cards in the east, while the rest of tracks running can be found in the afternoon. The biggest track running on Wednesday is at Keeneland.
Keeneland was home to the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday, which featured a potential Kentucky Derby winner in Essential Quality. Essential Quality cashed in following a duel in the stretch run. Now we get a look at Concert Tour in his Kentucky Derby prep race. I will be covering the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, and looking for another solid day after sweeping at Keeneland on Blue Grass Day.
Turf Paradise has nine races, with eight on the dirt and one on the turf Wednesday. A total of $116,100 in prize money is up for grabs in the desert on this card. Head below for our free Turf Paradise picks for April 7, 2021.
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In the third event at Turf Paradise, seven horses will take to the gate to run 6 furlongs for a $11,500 purse. All American Hero and Zatter should have a good chance to arrive in the winner’s circle on Wednesday afternoon. All American Hero is 3 for 21 in his career, with some up and down results in his last eight performances. He’s finished 2nd, 1st, 7th, 5th, 1st, 2nd in his previous six performances.
All American Hero had a couple of good runs on February 18 and March 10, 1st and placing 2nd. He defeated Baltimore Beecho by 3 ½ lengths in a $10,600 event on February 18 in impressive form. It was his second win in four attempts. All American Hero returned to place 2nd behind Country Road by ¾ lengths in a $12,000 assignment. He’s going to be close again, and may need a small break to get home, but very viable.
Zatter is 3 for 10 in his career, with his most recent win on January 22. He has finished 6th, 5th, 1st, 4th, 4th in his previous five performances. He has Grade 1 and Grade 2 experience, with his best effort in a race that was tough on September 4, 2017 in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (Gr. 1), placing 2nd behind Bolt d’Oro by ¾ lengths. That form is gone now, but a $11,500 event should be winnable. He is coming off finishing 4th on March 10 in a $18,500 race. Down to $11,500, expect a much better run Wednesday.
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Distance:1 ⅛ Miles
In Race 6 it’s likely going to be a race between Cats Touch and African Fighter. Cats Touch is 4 for 25 in his career, finishing 1st, 3rd, 3rd in his previous three outings. He defeated Desert Black by a half length for a $9,000 win on March 3, then came back to show 3rd in back-to-back outings on March 16 and March 30.
Cats Touch showed 3rd for a $9,000 purse, and then did the same in his next entry. He’s staying in the same class, and the consistency should do him a bit of good on Wednesday afternoon. I foresee Cats Touch keeping this race within reach with a chance to get home with a winning run. African Fighter should provide some resistance.
African Fighter has gone 10 for 58 in his career and has a big chance on Wednesday afternoon. He has finished 1st, 6th, 1st, 8th, 3rd, 1st in his previous six outings. Some up and down results there, but African Fighter has been getting into the winner’s circle. In his most recent outing, African Fighter beat Iron Britches by 3 ¾ lengths for a $9,000 purse. A couple of weeks earlier, he showed 3rd in a $11,000 event. This looks like a winning spot for African Fighter.
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Race 9 covers a mile on the dirt for a $17,000 purse. Themanbehindtheman and Shinny should be close in the stretch with a chance to strike for a win. Themanbehindtheman is 5 for 26 in his career. He’s gone 1st, 6th, 1st in his previous three attempts. He beat Bob’s All In by 2 ½ lengths in a $11,000 event, came back to finish 6th in the same class, and then got back into the winner’s circle on March 11.
In his most recent win, he beat Mad At Money by 2 ¾ lengths in a $17,000 event. That was an impressive win for Themanbehindtheman up in class. He proved there that he’s capable of competing in this class and winning. Shinny has to be respected going into Wednesday as well. Shinny is in nice form at the moment, and has finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st in his previous five outings.
Overall, he has a nice strike rate with 4 wins in 11 outings. He beat The Public Halo by 6 ½ lengths for an easy $10,000 win. After starting his career at Santa Anita and Los Alamitos, he’s been finding it much easier at Turf Paradise. Up in class to a $17,000 event, this should be tougher, but he made a $10,000 race look really easy. If he can bring that same form, another trip to the winner’s circle should be in order Wednesday. The value is certainly going to be there on Shinny.