Delta Downs Opening Day Picks & Betting Analysis for October 13

It is Opening Day at Delta Downs ... a new season begins! Check out our full slate of selections and some targeted analysis below!
It is Opening Day at Delta Downs ... a new season begins! Check out our full slate of selections and some targeted analysis below!

One of the best kept secrets in all of Thoroughbred racing is back ... it's Delta Downs! Located near Lake Charles, Louisiana, the Boyd Gaming site has made some significant upgrades to the quality of its simulcast feed and to it lights for a return to night racing. Everything is ready ... time to load!

At we have you covered, including all of the action! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! 

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Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 5: Scrappy Artie #6, 8/5):

The Landry Barn acquired this gelding from Mike Yates’ outfit back in April, and after a break, he is headed back to the track. Lightly-raced, with only 3 lifetime starts under his saddle, the son of Uncaptured contended with some tough Gulfstream Park Co. during his stay in South Florida. Coming to Delta will not necessarily be easier per se … rather, it is just the fact that it is a totally different kind of set-up. The able-bodied Joe Stokes gets the call for this maiden voyage in LA, and he has the capability to lead this one to a victory for owner Ellen Epstein.

Wager: $100 Win, #6


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 4: Get Directions #5, 6/1):

Gary Husak plays the role of both trainer and owner … in what continues to be nothing short of an alarming trend in the business of Thoroughbred racing. It is never a great sign to see one individual play both roles because it means that there is less involvement by a greater populace. Husak’s entry in this spot is a daughter of Street Boss who comes to Delta to run for only the 2nd time. She failed to hit the board last time out, but lately at Louisiana Downs, her sprinting at the Clm-level looks better and better. Jockey Odilon Martinez just missed aboard her last time, and she could improve coming into this contest. Her price should be just right, if it remains around 6/1.  

Wager: Graduated Wager, WPS, $100 Bankroll, #5 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 5F, ALLW42k, F&M 3+):

The “feature” on this Opening Day card at Delta Downs is a salty ALLW Co. that is comprised of a nice field of 8. When it comes to the top of the tote on Wednesday, most will look to back Scott Gelner’s She Our Fastest #8. The seasoned mare has a whopping 36 starts under her with a record of 10-7-9, respectively. She has never missed being in the money at Delta, as Ry Eikleberry attempts to continue that streak.

I am against this favorite because I do not see much value in her, and she is getting up there in age. I am much more interested in Bret Calhoun’s Southern Beauty #7. The 4-yr-old filly has a pair of wins over the track at Delta, and is looking to get back on track after a miss over at Evangeline this past summer in a “Non-G” contest. She has the back class to get this done, and should be rested as Roberto Morales takes the mount over from Diego Saenz.

Speaking of that jockey, he is on another inviting prospect in Victor Arceneaux’s Misty Day #6, who looks to add another win in-a-row to her 2021 campaign. Coming over from Evangeline Downs, she is looking to get back to it after 3 months removed from service. In a pair of OC50k events, she was dominant after taking over the lead after the top of the lane. If the Race Day filly can reserve enough strength, then she could be a player as the wire approaches.    

All 3 of these entries have the capability to score in this spot … I want to use all of them, with a preference for Arceneaux’s filly. That should get the job done …

Wager: Trifecta Box, $2, 6/7/8


Opening Day at Delta Downs! They are back and better than ever, so best of luck!

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