There is racing in Kentucky on Thursday at Turfway Park. The Churchill Downs owned racetrack in Florence had to cancel racing last week because of poor winter weather. It’s supposed to be a nice day with some sun and clouds on Thursday, so the card getting cancelled for weather concerns is not going to be in play today. BetOnline is offering a healthy dose of 12 race tracks for wagering on Thursday.
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Turfway Park has eight races on the synthetic track on Thursday. A total of $172,500 in purse money is up for grabs for this card. As one of smaller tracks in Kentucky, Turfway Park isn’t known for big-time racing, but I’ve had success here in the past. You can find more horse racing picks at our Aqueduct Racetrack page. Head below for our free Turfway Park picks for February 25, 2021.
Post Time: 6:46 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 2 covers 6 ½ furlongs for a $14,000 purse on Thursday evening in Florence. Nine horses are scheduled to participate, with Honey Bourbon and Faith Factor likely getting involved in the stretch run. Honey Bourbon is 3 for 12 in her career, and is coming off one of the best performances of her career. She has finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 1st in his previous five performances.
In his most recent showing, Honey Bourbon beat Barton Hall by 2 ¼ lengths in a $10,000 race on January 7. This was after Honey Bourbon finished 5th on December 11 in a $14,000 race. The class drop helped out nicely for Honey Bourbon. She is going back up in class for this entry, though. It shouldn’t be tougher than the last $14,000 event Honey Bourbon raced in, though.
Faith Factor was looking for a hat-trick on January 21 but denied. Prior to finishing 7th on January 31, Faith Factor finished top-3 in seven straight performances. In his most recent outing, he beat Market Money by 5 ½ lengths in a $14,000 assignment. He was unable to stay hot on January 21 and finished 5th in a $15,000 assignment. However, back down to a $14,000 race, I’m looking at Faith Factor to bounce back in this outing.
Post Time: 8:46 p.m. EST
Race 6 will cover 6 furlongs for a $35,000 purse tonight. City Drifter and Fire Sword are going to be tough to compete with in this race. City Drifter has finished 10th, 5th, 8th, 1st in his career. He saw a big boost in form on February 5 in a $13,000 event. City Drifter beat Orb of the Bozo by 4 lengths.
It was a nice outing for City Drifter after struggling to get on track. He was 8th on January 8 before that race in a $16,000 assignment. So, the improvement in form was nicely welcomed. I don’t know if City Drifter can find the winner’s circle in Race 6, but should be close at the wire against this field if he runs like that again.
Fire Sword is a back-to-back winner on October 15 and December 31. As a first-time runner, Fire Sword beat Go West by 4 ½ lengths in a $25,000 event at Keeneland. In another impressive run, he followed up to win again on December 31 over Prospect Mountain by 4 ½ lengths in a $55,000 event at Aqueduct Racetrack. Fire Sword transfers to Turfway Park and should find the competition even easier in Florence.
Post Time: 9:16 p.m. EST
The feature race at Turfway Park is a mile event for a $36,000 purse. It’s scheduled to be a fairly big field, with 13 horses anticipated to participate. I’m watching Crystal Glacier and Sequin, as both are projected to have big runs in Race 7. Crystal Glacier is 2 for 7 in her career, with a win in her latest performance on February 4.
She beat Woke Up to Aces by 2 lengths in that $33,000 event. That’s more like it after going 6th, 6th, 2nd, 4th, 5th. Crystal Glacier had a promising start to her career. She won out of the gate in a $50,000 race. However, her form was lost somewhere along the way since debuting on August 9, 2019. This is a $500,000 horse, so the fact she is racing in $36,000 races isn’t ideal.
Sequin is 2 for 8 in her career, and a $500,000 horse as well. She has been in better form, though, and even has a Grade 1 start on her resume. Sequin has finished top-3 in 7 of 8 performances, with the only outing outside in the Grade 1 outing in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (Gr. 1) where she finished 5th. In her previous three outings, Sequin has gone 1st, 2nd, 1st.
In her latest entry, she looked impressive with a 1 length win in a $87,000 event on November 19 at Churchill Downs. In the other win, Sequin defeated Mo Clare’s by a neck in a $90,000 race in September. This event should be much easier for Sequin. Ride Sequin into the winner’s circle in Race 7.