There are four racecourses on the thoroughbred card Monday. Turf Paradise, Delta Downs, Louisiana Downs, and Parx step up while the big boys take the next two or three days off. If you are interested in betting on Mahoning Valley, then MyBookie has what you need. Yesterday was a stakes day at Sam Houston Race Park. It was the biggest day on the Sam Houston calendar with the running of the $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic.
Letruska cleared with ease for a simple win in the biggest race of the weekend. We were able to pick up a win bet on Letruska to break up a 1-1 day and finish at 2-1. It was the same story at Aqueduct Racetrack, as the feature race, the $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield, delivered a winner with Hello Hot Rod. That was a lot closer, with Hello Hot Rod holding on and denying Return the Ring at the wire. The official call went to a photo finish, but it was clear from the naked eye that Hello Hot Rod had the win by a nose.
All roads lead to the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup on February 29. Swiss Skydiver and Charlatan are both being pointed to the Saudi Cup, the biggest race in the world. You aren’t going to find that at any of the tracks on Monday, but hopefully some winners regardless. Turf Paradise has nine races projected to be run for a modest pool of $92,900. Head below for our free Turf Paradise picks for February 1, 2021.
Post Time: 12:58 p.m. MST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We will get started at Turf Paradise on Monday afternoon with Race 2. Race 2 is a $9,000 event covering 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt. Uninvited and Quality Line seem like attractive horses in this race. Some horses are moving down in this event, so it should be an easier afternoon for a few, including Uninvited. Same class for Uninvited, but I think this race should present an easier trip across 6 ½ furlongs.
He is 7 for 46 in his career and was having a good time in the summer at Fair Meadows and Mountaineer Park. Uninvited finished in the top-2 in seven straight outings, which saw him win three entries. In his most recent win, Uninvited beat Bungalow by a half length on September 22 in a $9,900 event.
Since then, he has gone 5th, 2nd, 6th. In his most recent outing, he finished 6th in a $9,000 event. Improvement must be made, but if he runs how he did on October 27, two races ago, placing 2nd, Uninvited should be able to get close at the wire. Quality Line should be able to throw a strong counter punch.
Quality Line is 4 for 30 and coming along nicely recently. He was struggling, but back in form of late. He has finished 2nd and 1st in his most recent outings, placing 2nd on January 6 in a $9,000 event. Quality Line was 2 ½ lengths back of Midnight Destiny. He came back on January 20 to beat Bubba Nightmare by 1 ½ lengths. Expect Quality Line to follow up at this level on Monday.
Post Time: 3:18 p.m. MST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 is a short 4 ½ sprint to the wire for a $9,000 purse. 11 horses are expected to participate, with Allthewaytaye and Yodelers Way potentially getting into a duel in the stretch. Yodelers Way is the morning-ling favorite at 5/2 and has the legs to strike on Monday. He is in good form recently after struggling in the spring and summer.
Overall, Yodelers Way is 5 for 68 in his career, which doesn’t sound too thrilling. However, Yodelers Way has finished 2nd, 2nd, 1st in his previous three entries. Yodelers Way placed 2nd in back-to-back events on December 6 and December 20 in a $10,000 and $8,000 event.
Yodelers Way finally struck on January 14 to get into the winner’s circle with a $9,000 win over Six Ninety One by a neck. It was close, but Yodelers Way found a way. You have to respect Yodelers Way in this competition. He will be tested on the inside from Allthewaytaye, another horse for the shortlist.
Allthewaytaye is 6 for 16 in his career and should find success at this level. He was a winner in five of six races, before falling out of form and going 8th, 2nd, 4th, 8th in his previous four entries. Allthewaytaye placed 2nd behind Alluring Actor on November 28 by a neck for a $18,000 purse. That was impressive, but Allthewaytaye fell off.
In his most recent showing, Allthewaytaye finished 8th in a $11,000 event. That was disappointing, but was leading at the ½ pole easily and then faded in the 6-furlong race. Cutting down in distance and class on Monday should help out nicely. I am siding with Allthewaytaye to score the win at what should be nice value.
Post Time: 3:46 p.m. MST
Race 8 is a $8,800 event covering 6 furlongs on the dirt. Ten horses are expected to participate, with Tres Chiflados and Western Warning likely running hard in the stretch. Tres Chiflados is 2 for 12 in his career, including a win in his latest trip. He has shown improvement recently, going 10th, 10th, 6th, 3rd, 1st in his previous four entries.
Tres Chiflados showed 3rd on December 5 in a $6,500 event to get a little confidence back. In his last outing, Trest Chiflados beat Union Brother by 2 ¾ lengths in a $8,500 event. He looked tremendous prior to that race, with a time of 46.20 seconds at 4 furlongs. This looks like a winnable event for Trest Chiflados. However, he will likely see pressure from others like Western Warning.
Western Warning is just 2 for 26 in his career, but I like what I’ve seen from this gelding recently. He has finished in the top-3 in three straight performances, and top-2 in his last five entries. Western Warning placed 2nd on December 7 and December 22. He placed behind Jim Edd Who by a neck in a $9,500 event, and then came close again behind Scotty Who by 1 ½ lengths. With a price of 6/1 on the morning-line, it’s hard to ignore Western Warning at that value.