Louisiana Downs Picks – Wednesday, August 19, 2020

| August 19, 2020 3:16 am PDT

Thoroughbred racing at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs continues Wednesday, August 19, 2020 with a seven-race card of maiden, allowance, and claiming matches.

The Wednesday forecast for Bossier City, Louisiana calls for partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 80s, and winds around eight mph.

Post time for the first race at Louisiana Downs on Wednesday is 3:05 PM (CDT). Now, let’s have a look at my picks, predictions, and tips.

Picks for Louisiana Downs Race 3

This is an allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward running on turf for a distance of 7-1/2 furlongs. The purse is $22,500.

I agree with the morning line on this race, and my money is on the 5/2 favorite: the six-year-old gelding, Vinyl, ridden by Gerardo Mora. Vinyl moneyed 15 of his 23 career starts, winning six of them.

I also think there’s a longer-odds opportunity in the 10/1 New Colossus, with Aubrie Green in the irons. This five-year-old finished in the money 14 of his 19 career starts and won four of them.  Show ticket only.

  • Win: Vinyl 5/2
  • Show: New Colossus 10/1

Picks for Louisiana Downs Race 6

This is an allowance race for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares running a distance of 5-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $23,500.

It’s almost a toss-up between the morning line’s top two favorites, but I’m sticking with the 8/5 favorite: Golden Smiles, with Jose A. Guerrero aboard. This three-year-old filly finished in the money three of her six career starts.

I also see a long-odds opportunity here for a profitable show ticket with the 15/1 Custom for Carlita, ridden by Joel Dominguez. This four-year-old filly moneyed in ten of her 20 career starts, winning three of them—which puts her ever-so-slightly higher in the statistics than the third-favored Lady Belacqua.

  • Win: Golden Smiles 8/5
  • Show: Custom for Carlita 15/1

Pick for Louisiana Downs Race 7

This is a claiming race for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upwards running one mile on turf for a purse of $13,000.

None of the entries in this race have won more than one race, and frankly, it’s hard to imagine any of them winning this one. Sometimes, the least worst is the best choice, and that is the 3/1 morning line favorite, Andy Jones, with Kevin J. Smith in the irons. This four-year-old gelding moneyed five of his 13 career starts.

The longshots in this race are honestly deserving of those odds, so I won’t be touting a show ticket payday this time.

  • Win: Andy Jones 3/1

Today’s Horse Racing Picks for Other Tracks

I have also found some wagering opportunities for Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the following race courses:

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