We have another day of thoroughbred racing on Wednesday throughout the US. BetOnline has you covered with eight race tracks. That’s a healthy sample size to get going on Wednesday. I don’t love Monday and Tuesdays because there are typically only three or four racecourses open for racing. Things begin to open up on Wednesday and then over the weekend. There is no stakes racing until Saturday at Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct, and Fair Grounds. Santa Anita has the biggest race of the weekend, with the running of the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (Gr. 3). We are back at Turf Paradise after they recently returned after the opening date for the fall meet was pushed back to January.
Turf Paradise is racing on Wednesday for a total of $96,100 in prize money. The Phoenix based track was in a contract dispute with regard to simulcasting. The excuse was they weren’t racing because of Covid-19, but that didn’t pass the sniff test. Turf Paradise likely won’t make a lot of money from this meet, maybe break even, but it will keep the horsemen happy at least. There are approximately 1,200 horses at Turf Paradise so it’s a packed backstretch. Head below for our free Paradise Turf picks for January 6, 2021.
Post Time: 12:30 p.m. MST
The first race at Turf Paradise runs early in the afternoon in Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon. Red Venus and In the Red should present bold bids on the dirt in this assignment. Red Venus is 1 for 8 with a recent win two races ago on October 17 at Hawthorne. That was a 2 ¼ length win over Chill and Fever for a $22,000 purse.
However, Red Venus was unable to follow up nicely and finished 10th in a $23,000 assignment. That was not a huge increase in class and Chill and Fever dropped off from 1st to 10th. She will slide down to a $16,500 event and should do well here.
In the Red is 1 for 6 and in the best form of her career recently. She has finished 7th, 5th, 6th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st with her best results of late. After placing 2nd in a $40,120 event behind Wapi by 1 ½ lengths, In the Red arrived in the winner’s circle on September 11 at Aqueduct.
In the Red defeated Bodies’littlegirl by 2 ¾ lengths for a $21,000 purse in that outing. She is coming off a couple of really strong workouts in December, completing 4 furlongs in 47.80 and 47.40 seconds. Down further in class on Wednesday, expect a winning run for In the Red.
Post Time: 1:24 p.m. MST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 is a short sprint of 4 ½ furlongs for a $12,000 purse on the dirt. Allthewaywithtaye and Burn Me Twice should be in strong consideration for the top spot in Race 3. Allthewaywithtaye is 6 for 14 in his career and is a winner in 5 of his previous 8 outings. In his most recent winning run, Allthewaywithtaye went to the winner’s circle on March 7, three races ago.
That was a 5 ½ length win for Allthewaywithtaye in a $13,500 event. Impressive effort in that performance, while Allthewaywithtaye has failed to follow up with another win in two outings. He finished 8th following that race in a $12,000 assignment. However, looked better most recently on November 28.
Allthewaywithtaye placed 2nd behind Alluring Actor by a neck in a $18,000 event. That was encouraging after flopping hard in a $13,500 race. If the form holds then Allthewaywithtaye should be close, but likely have to contend with Burn Me Twice. Burn Me Twice transfers to Turf Paradise after a stay at Santa Anita Park and Del Mar.
Burn Me Twice will find easier opponents at Turf Paradise. He is 5 for 25 in his career, with some shaky results recently. Burn Me Twice has gone 5th, 2nd, 5th in his last three, but sees a class drop today. He placed 2nd behind Awhitesportscoat by a nose in a $22,000 event, and then 5th in a $20,000 assignment. This should be much easier of an assignment to handle on Wednesday.
Post Time: 3:39 p.m. MST
Race 8 is our final selection at Turf Paradise on Wednesday. A 12-horse field is expected to run in Race 8. Its Five Somewhere and Midnight Destiny should provide a good account in this event. Its Five Somewhere is 4 for 29 in his career and has been in some of the best form of his career recently.
He has finished in the top-3 in four straight performances, including a win in his most recent showing on October 7 at Zia Park. Its Five Somewhere beat Autumn Day by a half length in the $6,000 event. He didn’t encounter tough runners at Zia Park, and this is a hike up in class, though.
Midnight Destiny from the inside rail out of the gate. He is in good form at the moment, having finished 2nd and 1st in his previous two efforts. Midnight Destiny is 13 for 64 in his career since debuting in 2014 at Del Mar.
He placed 2nd behind Blank It by 1 length on December 7, and then stopped Memory Taker in a $8,000 event by 2 lengths as the favorite just a week later. For a horse that was bought for $100,000 in 2013, racing for sub-$10,000 purses wasn’t the goal. In any case, he should be fine chasing and winning these small events in the twilight of his career.