Delta Downs Picks – Tuesday, December 29, 2020

| December 28, 2020 12:24 pm PDT

Delta Downs features mostly maiden and claiming races for its Tuesday thoroughbred horse racing fare.

The Tuesday forecast in Vinton, Louisiana, says it will be a bit windy (13 mph) under partly cloudy skies, with temperatures in the low 70s and a 10% chance of rain.

While I review three of Delta Downs’ richest Tuesday races, remember that you can find their entire nine-race card — including entries, jockeys, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our best online racebooks.

Read on for my Delta Downs picks and betting tips for Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Pick for Race 3 at Delta Downs

This is a maiden claiming race for two-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies running a distance of one mile for a purse of $14,000.

I’m going with the third-favored (4/1) entry in this race — Lil Eva Jane, ridden by Alex Castillo. This filly finished in the money two of her three career starts. Granted, there are more experienced jockeys in this race, but there’s only so much a veteran can do to help a filly get across the finish line ahead of all the others. Castillo is aboard the best horse here, and that will make all the difference.

The longest odds in this race are 12/1, and I don’t see that horse as worth the risk of a show ticket.

  •  Win: Lil Eva Jane 4/1

Pick for Race 6 at Delta Downs

This is a maiden special weight race for two-year-old fillies running a distance of 6-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $30,000.

I’m sticking with the 9/5 morning line favorite in this race — She a Hot Mess, with Gerard Melancon in the irons. This filly moneyed her single career start, which puts her at the head of the line in this field.

There are some longer-odds entries in this field, but I don’t see happy endings at the finish line for any of them.

  •  Win: She a Hot Mess 9/5

Pick for Race 7 at Delta Downs

This is a claiming race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $17,000.

I like the morning line’s second-favored (7/2) entry in this race — Much Class, with Timothy Thornton aboard. This five-year-old gelding had 15 money finishes in his 30 career starts, with six wins, which gives him a statistically slight but appreciable edge over his competition. Expect a tight race.

None of the longer-odds entries in this race are likely to do much but follow the other horses across the finish line. Save your money.

  •  Win: Much Class 7/2

More Horse Racing Picks for Tuesday

Delta Downs had a couple of good underdogs for us today, and I found a few more at the other two tracks I reviewed for Tuesday:

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