Delta Downs Picks – Tuesday, January 5, 2021

| January 4, 2021 11:59 am PDT

The ungraded Orleans Stakes headlines Delta Downs’ nine-race card for Tuesday, January 5.

Tuesday’s weather in Vinton, Louisiana, will be sunny and mild, with temps in the mid-60s and wind around five mph.

Read on for my Delta Downs picks and betting tips for Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Pick for Race 3 at Delta Downs

This is a maiden special weight race for three-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies running a distance of one mile for a purse of $35,000.

I’m backing the 4/5 morning line favorite here — Eileen Alexandra, with veteran jockey Diego Saenz in the irons. This filly moneyed two of her three career starts, and in this field, that makes her the most likely to succeed.

The longest odds in this race are 15/1, but I don’t see either of those two finishing in the money, so let’s save ours for later.

  •  Win: Eileen Alexandra 4/5

Picks for Race 7 at Delta Downs

This is an allowance race for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds running a distance of 6-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $36,000.

I’m agreeing again with the morning line and putting my money on the 7/5 favorite in this race — Strong Rules, with Ry Eikleberry aboard. This gelding moneyed both of his career starts (at Canterbury Park), breaking his maiden with his debut run and pulling a second-place finish in the Shakopee Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) for the other.

At 15/1, Wise Verdict, ridden by Thomas Pompell, is a good value show bet. This gelding won his single career start and has some very respectable times in recent workouts.

  •  Win: Strong Rules 7/5
  •  Show: Wise Verdict 15/1

Picks for Race 8 at Delta Downs — Orleans Stakes

This is the Orleans Stakes, an ungraded stakes race for fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of five furlongs for a purse of $60,000.

There are some excellent competitors in this race, and I’m going with the third-favored (9/2) entry — Misty Day, with Diego Saenz aboard. This four-year-old filly finished in the money for six of her seven career starts, winning four of them.

I’m not saying this won’t be a hard-fought win — the 2/1 morning line favorite has a comparably impressive starting record (ten money finishes in 12 starts, with six wins), all the more impressive for the fact that most of her races were stakes-level runs. But I believe Misty Day has a slight speed advantage here.

At 15/1, She’s My Gem, with Shane Laviolette in the irons, is a solid value show ticket. This five-year-old mare had seven money finishes in her eight career starts, and she won three of them.

  •  Win: Misty Day 9/2
  •  Show: She’s My Gem 15/1

More Horse Racing Picks for Tuesday

Delta Downs had some surprises for us today, but I found even more at the other two tracks I reviewed for Tuesday:

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