The Muniz Memorial Classic headlines the undercard on Louisiana Derby Day at Fair Grounds on Saturday and it should be a classic race.
An even horse racing betting field is presented, which sees Sacred Life, Devamani and Santin fighting it out for favoritism.
Value with Progressive Santin
Santin has had only four starts, but the 4-year-old colt has shown more than enough promise to win the Muniz Memorial Classic.
The son of Distorted Humor won his first two starts at Indiana Downs and Keeneland before running second in the Grade I Hollywood Derby behind Beyond Brilliant.
He was fair when running fourth in the Fair Grounds Stakes and trainer Brendan Walsh believes that run will benefit him heading into Saturday’s undercard event.
“He ran well in the Fair Grounds (Stakes) and it will benefit him having a run going into Saturday,” Walsh told Blood Horse.
“He’s been working very well. He’s only run four times. He showed that he could mix it up with those seasoned, older horses. He just has to improve a little to put him right there again, which I think that he has. Chad’s two horses look tough, and there are some other proven, seasoned horses in there.”
The sportsbook has Santin at 7-2, which is a fair price for a potential rising star of the turf.
The main challenges come from 2-1 favorite Sacred Life and Devamani. Sacred Life comes off a sixth in the Pegasus World Cup Turf behind Colonel Liam, which should be excellent form.
Colonel Liam lines up in the Dubai World Cup, so the form checks out and that’s why Sacred Life is the current favorite. However, we’re going with a little bit more value with Santin at the better price.
Checkmate for Chess Chief
Chess Chief was good enough to run sixth in the Pegasus World Cup behind Life is Good, so he demands attention in the New Orleans Classic.
The Grade II feature has some excellent Thoroughbreds entered, including Chess Chief, who has been around the mark his entire career.
The 6-year-old owns only three wins, with the most recent coming in the Tenacious Handicap at Fair Grounds. However, he has been close in the Stephen Foster, Alysheba Stakes and Oklahoma Derby.
Betting online markets should have him at each-way odds to beat the likes of Promise Keeper and Super Stock, who will be tough to beat.
Promise Keeper comes off a fourth in the Razorback Handicap, which followed another fourth in the Ohio Derby. However, prior to that the son of Constitution won the Grade III Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont.
Another runner who could test Chess Chief is Super Stock, who finished a disappointing eighth in the Razorback.
He couldn’t find his best form, but the Arkansas Derby winner has plenty of experience and talent on his side.
Steven Asmussen lines up the son of Dialed In, who should be well-backed on race day. Keep an eye on betting markets with Dialed In, but the value in the New Orleans Classic is Chess Chief.