Bring on more racecourses Wednesday, as we have ten racecourses for wagering under the thoroughbred tab at the BetOnline racebook. I know that Louisiana Downs is a quarter horse meet right now, so just a forewarning if you want to play the Harrah’s track in Bossier City. Quarter horse racing is fun, but not for everyone. The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue on Saturday with three big 170-point stakes races in the US.
There is a smaller prep race on April 1 in England, but only 30 points going to the winner. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for error behind the winner, with 12 points and 6 points going to 2nd and 3rd, which isn’t going to be enough to reach Churchill Downs on May 1. No prep racing on the last day of March, but a fairly nice sample size of horses to handicap.
Our day will begin in Phoenix at Turf Paradise. The big news coming out of Turf Paradise was from a horse called Perfect Fanny. Apparently fanny means something different in the UK than it does in North America because that’s where the commotion came from. I’ve seen some bizarre names, but Perfect Fanny didn’t jump out. However, when I saw what fanny means in the UK, yeah, I get it. By the way, Perfect Fanny lost as a big favorite. Head below for our free Turf Paradise picks for March 31, 2021.
Post Time: 1:57 p.m. PST
Distance:7 ½ Furlongs
Race 2 runs for 7 ½ furlongs on the turf. A $16,300 purse is up for grabs in this one, which is expected to feature six runners. This is an event for horses that haven’t been enjoying the best success recently. No one has finished in the top-3 in their last several races, but we’re seeing some horses dropping in class to a more winnable level. Dorita’s Heart is off to a bad start, finishing 9th in two $55,000 events to open her career back late in the winter of 2020.
Not the most ideal start to a career, but her workouts have been impressive recently. It just hasn’t translated to the racetrack on race day yet. Dorita’s Heart completed 4 furlongs in 48.40, 47.40, 47, and 48.80 seconds through the last two months. You have to believe Dorita’s Heart is going to run a big race and be close for a win. Flurry of Feathers has finished 3rd, 4th, 4th in the first three races of her career.
She’s the only horse in her last three entries in this race that has finished top-4 in her last two outings, and top-3 in her previous three outings. In her debut, Flurry of Feathers showed 3rd for a $29,000 purse, and then 4th in back-to-back entries. She finished 4th most recently in a $16,300 event. This should be easier, though. It depends on how far Dorita’s Heart has come since her last outing. I will go with Flurry of Feathers edging her out at the wire.
Post Time: 2:29 p.m. PST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
5 ½ furlongs for a $9,000 purse will get us going in Race 3 at Turf Paradise. I am looking at Dublins Wildberry and Bella’s Back to potentially win this event. Dublins Wildberry is a three-time winner through 27 events. She hasn’t landed in the winner’s circle since winning on August 9 in Albuquerque.
Dublins Wildberry has gone winless in six performances. Most recently she showed 3rd on March 11 for a $9,000 purse. It was her first outing since September 6, six races ago that Dublins Wildberry finished in the top-3. This isn’t a tough field and she’s remaining down in class, so expect her to run close again for a $9,000 purse.
Bella’s Back should be tough for her to beat, and the rest in this field. She is a five-time winner through 30 outings. Bella’s Back’s most recent win was on March 1, 2020. In that outing, she defeated Wright Winged with ease. She cleared by 4 ½ lengths as the favorite. Bella’s Back entered just two races since then, so a layoff until February.
She placed 2nd behind Carrie’s Success by 2 ¾ lengths for a $11,000 purse. In her most recent attempt, Bella’s Back finished 5th in a $12,000 assignment two weeks ago, so it’s back down in class for Wednesday. At the $9,000 level, she should find a lot more success.
Post Time: 2:59 p.m. PST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 8 carries a $17,000 purse for 5 ½ furlongs of racing on the main track. Seven horses are expected to run, with Foxrun and Major Munnings likely to put forth strong efforts in this race. Foxrun is 5 for 20 in his career, and coming off a win on March 16. Foxrun beat E J’s Gold by 3 lengths in a $11,000 event there. It ended a four-race losing streak for Foxrun, who showed 3rd in a $10,000 event prior to the win.
This is a step up to the $17,000 level on Wednesday. It’s a considerable upgrade for Foxrun, but it isn’t THAT much tougher. I think he certainly has show or place claims in Race 8. Major Munnings from the No. 1 should pose a threat to him and the rest. Major Munnings has some stakes experience, and is in nice form recently.
He has placed 2nd in three straight performances from February 8 to March 5. Major Munnings placed 2nd behind Shred the Rules by 3 ½ lengths in a $28,600 event on February 8 to get the streak started. Then Major Munnings followed up to finish 1 length behind Keller’s Gold in a $19,000 event, and then most recently, a 1 length loss on March 5. I would say at 3/1 on the morning-line, there should be some good value on the No. 1 horse to win.