National Racing Rundown: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

National Racing Rundown

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

by John Piassek

Gulfstream Park has announced a mandatory payout date for their rainbow pick 6: January 28, the day after the Pegasus World Cup. So there’s still some time to get involved on those massive carryovers; the one for Wednesday is $2,292,790. They’re one of six tracks that will share the stage on Wednesday:


TRACKS RACING WEDNESDAY:
TAMPA BAY DOWNS: 10

races, 86 horses, first post time 12:25 PM EST
GULFSTREAM PARK: 10 races, 80 horses, first post time 12:35 PM EST
TURF PARADISE: 8 races, 70 horses, first post time 2:40 PM EST
PENN NATIONAL: 8 races, 74 horses, first post time 6:00 PM EST
DELTA DOWNS: 10 races, 99 horses, first post time 6:40 PM EST
CHARLES TOWN: 9 races, 79 horses, first post time 7:00 PM EST

WEATHER FORECASTS:
TAMPA BAY DOWNS (OLDSMAR, FL): 59*F, Partly Cloudy
GULFSTREAM PARK (HALLANDALE BEACH, FL): 71*F, Partly Cloudy
TURF PARADISE (PHOENIX, AZ): 71*F, Sunny
PENN NATIONAL (GRANTVILLE, PA): 21*F, Clear
DELTA DOWNS (VINTON, LA): 31*F, Clear
CHARLES TOWN (CHARLES TOWN, WV): 23*F, Clear

STORYLINES OF THE DAY:
SINKING DOWN IN YOUNGSTOWN: For the second straight day, due to track conditions, Mahoning Valley will not be giving racing a go on Wednesday. They’re a very underrated track, with plenty of big fields and wide-open betting races to satisfy a horseplayers’ desire. Here’s hoping they’ll be able to return to racing on Saturday.
MORE PLETCHER DERBY HORSES: If there’s one thing Todd Pletcher does not have a shortage of, it is prospects for the Kentucky Derby. He’ll hope to unveil another one in the 9th race at Gulfstream Park, with the 2, Impact Player. After a string of losses in New York, he broke his maiden at Gulfstream on December 13, winning at six furlongs by a head and running a big brisnet figure. He’ll be back in a n/w1x allowance race going seven furlongs, with a string of bullet workouts coming in. I don’t know if he’s a Derby horse, but if he wins this race, it would not surprise me to see him hit the Derby trail.

PIASSEK’S PLAYS
YTD: 26-6-6-5, $52 bet, $32.40 returned

TAMPA BAY DOWNS RACE 7: 3, CELEBRITY WARRIOR
POST TIME: 3:23 PM EST

This is a $25,000 starter allowance race for older males going 1 1/8 miles on the grass. The inside three: the 1, Repeat Repeat, the 2, Tutti Sano, and Celebrity Warrior, all have very strong cases. I lean toward the outside of those horses, however, as he’s coming in here in very good form. Making his second start off the layoff last out, he won a starter handicap against very similar horses as today, earning a solid brisnet figure of 89. That’s one point off the best last-out in the field, which belongs to Repeat Repeat. The one knock I have against him is his lack of a closing punch; he has hung in each of his last two races. Celebrity Warrior, on the other hand, knows how to execute when the going gets tough. Hopefully, the inside two get most of the money, and Celebrity Warrior can sneak a win at a good price.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS RACE 8: 1, HISTORY MADE
POST TIME: 3:53 PM EST

We’re going back to Tampa Bay for this one, as they’ve got a field of maiden three-year-old fillies going one mile and forty yards. Arnaud Delacour has the two best hands in the race: History Made, and the 9, Ten Demerits. I lean towards History Made for a few reasons. One, she’s got the inside post in a race with a short run to the first turn, while Ten Demerits has the far outside post, and could be a lot of ground early. Secondly, History Made had a very promising debut. She was far behind early, when going seven furlongs, but made a sharp late rally and lost by less than a length, earning an excellent figure of 78. Ten Demerits, in two career starts, has never run better than a 71. Thirdly, History Made looks better bred for routes than Ten Demerits. Her sire is Giants Causeway, who has an average winning distance of 8.2 furlongs, which happens to be today’s distance. I look for History Made to sit on the inside early, off the pace, then roll on the turn and win.

GULFSTREAM PARK RACE 8: 6, ANAIS
POST TIME: 4:06 PM EST

For the final spot play of the day, we’ll cross the state and go to Gulfstream, for a n/w1x allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the lawn. My pick has only raced one time on the grass, but it was a very promising one. After a string of dirt races, she was tried at today’s condition in her first start off a two-month layoff. She closed from eleventh to second in that race, enduring traffic along the way, and lost by just a head. Nik Juarez stays aboard, and she had a blazing workout at Payson Park getting ready for this race. I look for a big effort from her.

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