We are back on the horse racing grind on Monday, with a couple of more race tracks covered. Monday always feels like a hangover following a big stakes weekend. We had three prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The most impressive performance was from Bob Baffert’s Life Is Good, who romped in the San Felipe to earn 50 points. Authentic won the San Felipe last year and then went on to win the Kentucky Derby. Perhaps Baffert can do the same in 2021 with another win in the San Felipe and Kentucky Derby with the same horse.
There are five race tracks available for wagering at BetOnline on Monday. It’s actually more than a usual Monday, which generally has three or four cards. Parx, Turf Paradise, and Delta Downs have been the most popular Monday tracks through the winter, with the quarter horse meet starting at Louisiana Downs recently, along with Remington Park joining the fun today.
If you’re interested in a multi-race bet, then we have the early Daily Double and Pick 3 covered at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana. Turf Paradise in Phoenix is operating with a ten-race card on Monday. There is a total of $117,600 in prize money available in the desert today. Head below for our free Turf Paradise picks for March 8, 2021.
Post Time: 12:55 p.m. MST
The first race of the afternoon at Turf Paradise is our first look at the racecard in Phoenix. There are eight horses, two of which are worth paying attention to in this one. Lemon Ice and Lebron Jane should run a strong race in the stretch run on Monday. Lemon Ice is winless in four races, but small improvements have been made along the way.
She has finished 8th, 6th, 5th, 4th in the first four races of her career. From 8th in a $21,000 assignment on August 31 at Del Mar to 4th most recently at Turf Paradise in a $9,500 event. Very small improvements have been noted for Lemon Ice. She still has a ways to go. In her first three races, she was entering events at Del Mar and Santa Park. Now she’s at Turf Paradise where easier opponents will be present.
Lebron Jane has competed in much tougher events in the past, and is finally sliding down to a winnable event on Monday. She has finished 2nd, 6th, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th. In her most recent showing, Lebron Jane was 8th in her stakes debut. Lebron Jane didn’t do well in the $85,487 ATBA Three Year Old Sales Stakes, but still managed to beat four horses in a tough race. She goes all the way down to a $9,500 race on Monday. This class drop should represent a much better opportunity for Lebron Jane to win.
Post Time: 2:18 p.m. MST
Race 4 is a $16,800 event on the main track covering 6 furlongs. We are looking at Arimony and Togranpashousewego to get the win. Arimony is 2 for 6 in his career, with a recent win two races ago on December 2 at Zia Park. She was a 4 length winner for a $6,500 purse. In her previous three appearances, Arimony has gone 2nd, 1st, 2nd.
Following the win, Arimony placed 2nd behind Conquest Smartee by a neck in a $20,000 assignment. That was a productive race, and signaled a transfer to Turf Paradise. Arimony is showing nice form recently, and should be able to run close again on Monday afternoon. A win certainly isn’t out of the question for her. The biggest threat for Arimony is likely to be Togranpashousewego.
Togranpashousewego has been in consistent form and is coming off a win on February 8. He defeated Meet Joe by a length for a $13,000 purse a month after he showed 3rd in a $16,500 event. I’ve been impressed with what Togranpashousewego has been doing in morning workouts. He completed 4 furlongs in 49 and 47.80 seconds along with 5 furlongs at 1:01.00. Togranpashousewego is going to have to work for a win, but should do well with a reasonable chance of winning.
Post Time: 2:46 p.m. MST
Distance:4 ½ Furlongs
In our final selection at Turf Paradise, we head to Race 5, a short 4 ½ furlong dash for a $9,000 purse. Blue Chip Betty and Heatseeker Baby are lining up next to one another in the gate, and likely see each other in the stretch run. Blue Chip Betty is 6 for 32 in her career, with a win two races ago on November 9 at Grants Pass in a $5,900 assignment.
She held on by a neck, so it was close. In her next and most recent performance, Blue Chip Betty placed 2nd behind Drafty Breeze by 1 length in a $9,000 event. The class hike didn’t seem to bother her much, so I’d be surprised if we don’t see another solid run for Blue Chip Betty at this level on Monday. Her biggest threat is right beside her in Heatseeker Baby.
Heatseeker Baby has finished 5 for 22 in her career, going 3rd and 2nd in the last two outings. On February 4, Heatseeker Baby showed 3rd in a $9,000 event, and then came back to place 2nd a couple of weeks later for a neck loss. She has been a consistent runner in this class. While Blue Chip Betty is more of a wildcard, we should know what to expect from Heatseeker Baby if she is interested in running on Monday.