We have a couple of tracks covered at TheSportsGeek on Monday. There are a total of four racecourses available for wagering at BetOnline this afternoon. That includes Turf Paradise, Delta Downs, Parx, and Louisiana Downs. If you are looking for quarter horse racing, then Louisiana Downs has what you are looking for in Bossier City. I nailed a 14/1 underdog there a couple of weeks ago, so certainly no complaints with Louisiana Downs. I’m going to pass on the quarter horses today, though, and look at what Delta Downs and Turf Paradise have to offer.
The weekend was all about Bob Baffert’s Concert Tour. Concert Tour was in control in the $1,000,00 Rebel Stakes to clear and win 50 points to put towards the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby is shaping up to be a good one in May. The win clinches a spot in the Kentucky Derby for Concert Tour. Whether Baffert wants to point him there remains to be seen, though.
If you want more horse racing picks on Monday, check out the Delta Downs page for selections from Vinton, Louisiana. Turf Paradise has ten races on the schedule with a total of $135,400 in prize money available in the desert. Head below for our free Turf Paradise picks for March 15, 2021.
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In our first look at Turf Paradise, we will handicap a 6-furlong event on the dirt for a $17,000 purse. Give Em Heck Beck and Sand Walker should be the runners to pay attention in this race. Give Em Heck Beck is a one-time winner through six races, with a win on September 20 in a $21,000 event. Since then, he’s gone 4th, 2nd, 3rd, 4th.
She appeared in the $62,047 ATBA Three Year Old Sales Stakes on February 5 and did well, finishing 3rd in the toughest assignment of his career. Disappointing, though, was the response for Give Em Heck Beck on February 23. Give Em Heck Beck finished 4th in his most recent assignment in a $25,000 event. More was expected, and a drop in class will likely do the trick.
Sand Walker is a one-time winner, but it should be more through eight outings. He has placed at least 2nd in every race in his career. Sand Walker finally caught a break and broke through on January 21 in a $16,300 race. He came back to meet Give Em Heck Beck in the stakes race noted above, and ran well to place 2nd behind Tony’s Tapit by 2 lengths. An effort like that would be enough for a win on Monday.
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Race 7 goes for a mile on the dirt for a $8,000 purse. This modest event has nine horses expected to participate. Mesange and Majestic Mountain should be thereabout at the wire. Mesange is coming off a couple of promising starts, placing 2nd in back-to-back outings on December 10 and January 13.
Mesange placed 2nd behind Bow Maker by 6 ½ lengths in a $9,000 race, and then placed 2nd most recently on January 13 in a $9,500 event. He was 6 lengths behind in that one, so just about the same result for Mesange. Mesange is going to slide down in class to a $8,000 event on Monday. That could be enough to put him in the winner’s circle today in Race 7. Majestic Mountain should be tough for Mesange and the rest.
She has finished 4th, 5th, 5th, 2nd in her career, placing 2nd most recently on February 17. Majestic Mountain placed 2nd behind Domestication by 7 ¼ lengths in the $11,500 event. The filly finished 5th in a $22,000 event prior to that race, so the class drop helped out nicely. Leaving the track on Monday without a win would be a major disappointment at this level. I will put my faith in Majestic Mountain getting it done.
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Race 10 covers a mile on the turf for a $16,500 purse. Eight horses are scheduled to run, with Tiparillo and Sunriser on my shortlist for this race. Sunriser is 1 for 13 in her career. She found the winner’s circle on March 7, 2020 in a $34,000 event. Sunriser defeated Colombian Gold by a half length to take the top prize out of the $34,000 prize.
She has raced in just three races since then, going 4th, 11th, 4th. In her most recent showing, Sunriser finished 4th in a $25,000 event on October 17 in a $25,000 outing. Sunriser transfers to Turf Paradise after a regular runner at Santa Anita Park and Del Mar. Easier competition awaits in the desert at Turf Paradise.
She is taking a big step down from that appearance in October. The $200,000 Sunriser has looked great in morning workouts. She was timed on March 1 with a time of 59 seconds at 5 furlongs. That was impressive. If it translates to race day on Monday, then Sunriser is going to be a tough runner to beat.
Tiparillo should present enough of a challenge in this assignment. She has gone 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 1st and is building up confidence. Tiparillo is coming off a win on February 10 for an easy 6 length victory. She placed 2nd prior to grabbing that win. Her workouts have been strong as well, with times of 47.80 seconds at 4 furlongs, and 1:00.40 at 5 furlongs. Tiparillo holds the most value in Race 10 and is worth a look.