Our first visit to Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana brings us to a $40,000 allowance race for state-bred 4-year-olds and up over five furlongs on the dirt. The large field of 10 will go to gate for race 4 on the 9-race card with an approximate post time of 7:19 p.m. ET.
#8, Allthewaywithtaye, C.J. McMahon, 4-1
He has finished in the money in four straight and five of his last six starts, highlighted by three straight wins including two here at Delta Downs. He won two straight claiming races here on Nov. 22 and Dec. 7 and in his last, won by three lengths in a claiming race at Fair Grounds on Dec. 28. This will be his 10th career start (4-1-1) and you can’t come in any hotter, plus solid odds entering. C.J. Mcmahon has the saddle for trainer Karl Broberg. The pick.
#1A, D’dawson, Diego Saenz, 5-2
D’dawson is 2-3-2 in career starts, including a runner-up finish in his last, an allowance race here on Jan. 10, so he makes a return to the track just 12 days after. In five career starts here at Delta Downs, he has never finished out of the money (1-3-1), showing that he loves this track. He has finished in the money in seven straight starts since a 10th-place finish in his debut, a maiden special weight race at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 22, 2018. Today he is part of an Eduardo Ramirez-trained entry with No. 1 Beaubouef. Diego Saenz is in the saddle. Runner-up.
#5, Man Camp, Gerard Melancon, 12-1
The crafty veteran will be making her 18th career start (4-3-1) and already has a win to his credit in 2020, coming in a claiming race here on Jan. 4, winning by 3 ¾ lengths. This will be his fifth straight appearance at Delta Downs, having finished in the money in his last three. Jockey Gerard Melancon is in the saddle for trainer Isai V. Gonzalez and Melancon’s uncanny ability to bring longshots home on a consistent basis makes Man Camp a threat. Contender.
#9, Geauxcro, Ty Kennedy, 9-2
Another veteran enters today’s race and will be making his 19th career start (4-1-4). He has finished out of the money in his last three straight starts (all at Delta Downs), including an eighth-place finish in his last in an allowance race on Jan. 10. He is looking for his first win since a claiming race win at Evangeline Downs on Aug. 9. Ty Kennedy is in the saddle for trainer Robertino Diodoro. I sense an improve here. In the mix.
By Lou Monaco