March is widely dominated by college basketball, but if you’re not into college hoops, then the Road to the Kentucky Derby might interest your sports betting pallet. The prep races for the big events are heating up in March, and will continue in April. Races to note in March are the four stakes races with 100 points going to the winner. There are a total of 170 points in those four events, which includes the Louisiana Derby, Jeff Ruby Steaks, Florida Derby, and UAE Derby.
The first three are in the US, while the UAE Derby will be at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The Louisiana Derby is on March 20, with the other three a week later on March 27. This coming weekend at Oaklawn Park, we have the $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes (Gr. 2), which comes with 85 points, 50 points allocated to the winning team.
There is no stakes racing on Tuesday, as early week cards are always reserved for the smaller tracks. Turf Paradise is back today with a ten-race card worth $106,900 in prize money. We also have horse racing picks at Delta Downs on Tuesday afternoon. Head below for our free Turf Paradise picks for March 9, 2021.
Post Time: 2:18 p.m. MST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
A 5 ½ furlong race worth $12,000 is our starting point on Tuesday at Turf Paradise. Eight horses are expected to line up in the starting gate for this event in Phoenix. Just Classy and Carrie’s Success should not be ignored in this race. Just Classy is a consistent runner, and has gone 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd in her previous four outings. Overall, she has a win in 4 of 16 performances, and came close to winning her fifth race in the last three assignments.
Just Classy placed 2nd in three straight races, most recently on January 26. She placed 2nd behind Red Noon Rising by 1 ½ lengths in a $11,000 event in that performance. It was a pretty good go of it for Just Classy. With her in good form at the moment, she should run close again on Tuesday. Her biggest threat is likely going to be Carrie’s Success, who is searching for back-to-back wins today.
Carrie’s Success was a winner on February 19 for the first time since the summer. The mare, who is 7 for 24 in her career overall, edged out Bella’s Back by 2 ¾ lengths for a $11,000 win. Prior to that win, Carrie’s Success showed 3rd at Los Alamitos on December 11 in a $16,000 assignment. The class drop helped out considerably, though she can still compete at the $16,000 level. Carrie’s Success should have more success on Tuesday in the $12,000 class.
Post Time: 3:46 p.m. MST
Race 7 has a modest purse of $8,800 on the main track over a mile of racing. Albany Front and Parolee should be kept in mind when computing your shortlist. Albany Front has finished 2nd, 2nd, 5th, 1st, 4th in his previous five outings. He is a two-time winner in ten assignments. Albany Front registered a 1 length win over Overkoter for a $8,500 win.
He was unable to build on that momentum, and failed in his next and most recent showing on February 18. Albany Front finished 4th in the same type of race for a $8,800 purse. The good news for Albany Front is that he looked incredibly impressive on March 2 in a 4-furlong workout with a time of 47 seconds. If she can carry that form over to Tuesday, then Albany Front could be in business.
Parolee has been getting close as of late. The gelding, with 2 wins in 16 attempts, has placed 2nd in three straight performances going into this race. Parolee has been in good form since the start of the year in 2021. He was a half length behind for a win in his latest effort on February 8. Parolee needed just a little more in that race for a win. Prior to that outing, Parolee placed 2nd on January 19. If his form remains consistent, a win shouldn’t be too far away.
Post Time: 4:14 p.m. MST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
One more selection in the desert on Tuesday before we wrap things up on the racetrack. Race 8 is a 6 ½ furlong race on the dirt for $9,000 in prize money. Expect a contest between Creative Art and Yo Y Me in the stretch run. Creative Art will be making the 100th start of his career on Tuesday. I don’t know how much more gas in the tank Creative Art has, but it has been a lengthy career.
Most horses don’t have this kind of longevity in their careers. He made his debut back on March 15, 2013 at Hawthorne, and has won 21 races since then. Creative Art slides down in class on Tuesday after going 5th and 6th in his last two performances. In his most recent, Creative Art finished 6th for a $11,000 purse in a field that was too tough. This race on Tuesday should be much more manageable for Creative Art.
Yo Y Me is coming off a bold performance on February 11. It was a nice run for him, as he beat 3 ¼ lengths over Success Rate for a $9,000 purse. After dropping in class, Yo Y Me immediately found better results. He finished 6th in a $11,000 race prior to moving below the $10,000 mark. A couple of months before that race, Yo Y Me placed 2nd in a $9,000 race, behind by a length in a close one. Expect a good showing and chance for a win in the stretch.