Fair Grounds Monday (12/26): Gun Runner, Untappable Take Top Billing

Chris Adams

Monday at Fair Grounds features a slew of stakes races. Perhaps none bigger than the Gun Runner and Untappable which pay homage to 2 of racing’s great superstars.

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 1

Post: 12:00 PM CT; $60k Allowance going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #8 BASALT STREET (3-1) gets the top selection. She has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #3 MAESTRIA (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. She seems to fit well enough here. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #9 CANDY'S PRIDE (10-1) goes out for the Wilson barn and gets Castillo in the irons.
  • #5 SHESABEAUTYDANCER (9-2) is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 8 – 3 – 9 – 5

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 2

Post: 12:30 PM CT; $60k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 12

  • #9 EL DEAL ME ACES (8-1) is the top pick. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Calhoun and Gutierrez.
  • #101 ANDERS SMILE (9-2) looks to be the class of the field. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #8 ALLNIGHT MOONLIGHT (7-2) should improve off the first start and has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #10 WISHERT (12-1) is a price horse that feels like it could outrun the odds.

Selections: 9 – 10- 8 – 10

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 3

Post: 1:00 PM CT; $100k Joseph E. Spanky Broussard Memorial S. going 1 mile 70 yards on dirt; Entries: 5

  • #5 CHARLIE'S PENNY (7-5) looks best here. She should enjoy this level of competition.
  • #3 POWDER RIVER (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. She makes sense on speed figures.
  • #4 LIL KINGS PRINCESS (6-1) comes into the race in really good form.
  • #1 MOON SWAG (5-2) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 4 – 1

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 4

Post: 1:30 PM CT; $100k Sugar Bowl S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #6 LATE SEPTEMBER (7-2) gets the top selection. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #2 ALTO ROAD (8-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #3 CORONA BOLT (8-5) should improve off the first start and has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Geroux.
  • #5 TODDCHERO (9-2) is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. He projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.

Selections: 6 – 2 – 3 – 5

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 5

Post: 2:00 PM CT; $60k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #8 SENSE YOU ASKED (8-1) should improve off the first start and is the top pick. The debut effort would make him a likely winner.
  • #4 RATE CONFIRMATION (8-1) seems to fit well enough here. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #10 GAMETIME GLADIATOR (9-2) debuts here and has to be respected going out for the combination of Calhoun and Gutierrez.
  • #3 WOODYTHEBIDSPOTTER (3-1) is trained by Cox who looks to first call Florent Geroux on debut.

Selections: 8 – 4 – 10- 3

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 6

Post: 2:30 PM CT; $100k Blushing K. D. S. going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 8

  • #4 CARPE VINUM (7-2) looks best here. She looks to be the class of the field. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #7 LAKE LUCERNE (7-2) should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #6 A MO REAY (3-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #2 MO CLARE'S (8-1) makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 6 – 2

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 7

Post: 3:00 PM CT; $60k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 13

  • #8 MOBSTER (9-2) gets the top selection. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #1 SPIELMAN (7-2) has races good enough to beat this group and should be sitting a tactical trip.
  • #3 BANISHING (5-1) should improve off the first start and that puts him in the mix.
  • #12 PYRENEES (5-1) comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 8 – 1 – 3 – 12

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 8

Post: 3:30 PM CT; $100k Letellier Memorial S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #2 DAZZLING BLUE (5-2) should improve off the first start and is the top pick. She has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #8 TWICE AS SWEET (4-1) comes into the race in really good form. This one has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #4 PROMISE OF HOPE (7-2) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #3 NEUTRALIZE (6-1) will need to take a step forward off the debut but, if she does she’s a player.

Selections: 2 – 8 – 4 – 3

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 9

Post: 4:00 PM CT; $100k Richard R. Scherer Memorial S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 MILES AHEAD (5-2) looks best here. He should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #7 MANNY WAH (3-1) comes into the race in really good form. This one projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #1 BANGO (7-2) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #3 TULANE TRYST (9-2) makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 2 – 7 – 1 – 3

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 10

Post: 4:30 PM CT; $100k Buddy Diliberto Memorial S. going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 11

  • #6 SPOOKY CHANNEL (4-1) gets the top selection. He will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #10 RUNNIN' RAY (7-2) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #8 SPANISH KINGDOM (5-1) looks to be the class of the field.
  • #4 BIZZEE CHANNEL (6-1) isn't without hope. He seems to fit well enough here.

Selections: 6 – 10- 8 – 4

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 11

Post: 5:00 PM CT; $100k Gun Runner S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 7

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  • #3 DETERMINEDLY (7-2) is the top pick. He has races good enough to beat this group. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #2 JACE'S ROAD (3-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He makes sense on speed figures.
  • #6 RAISE CAIN (8-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 HAYES STRIKE (7-2) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 3 – 2 – 6 – 1

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 12

Post: 5:30 PM CT; $100k Untapable S. going 1 mile 70 yards on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #1 PRETTY MISCHIEVOUS (3-1) looks best here. She could get the right setup in this race.
  • #4 VAHVA (7-2) will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #6 THE ALYS LOOK (4-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #7 ALL ABOUT ME (6-1) should be part of the early pace in this spot.

Selections: 1 – 4 – 6 – 7

Fair Grounds Race Course- Race 13

Post: 6:00 PM CT; $100k Tenacious S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 13

  • #5 FORZA DI ORO (7-2) gets the top selection. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #3 INTREPID HEART (9-2) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #1 BUSINESS MODEL (15-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #9 HAPPY AMERICAN (6-1) may benefit from a hot pace up front.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 1 – 9

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.