While the rest of the sports world waits for any news on the pandemic, horse racing continues. On Thursday, March 19, the Fair Grounds in New Orleans has a full card of 9 races. We’ve pulled out 3 races for our top March 19 Fair Grounds’ plays! Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Fair Grounds for Thursday, March 19. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Fair Grounds – Top Plays for March 19
- When: Thursday, March 19 at 1:30 pm ET
- Where: New Orleans, LA
- Weather: Mostly Cloudy
- Temperature: High 80 – Low 74
Race 5 – 3:26 pm ET – 6 F Dirt – $17,500 Allowance Optional Claiming
Entries are always overplayed in horse races. That’s why we won’t put 1-Ace Destroyer / 1A-Undercover Lover on top. Instead of going with the chalk, let’s back the Tom Amoss trained There and Back. A 5-year-old horse, There and Back ran the first time for Amoss on Feb. 20. He finished fourth. But that race was on slop and rains aren’t expected for Thursday. Gate-to-wire? We hope so.
Either 1-Ace Destroyer or 1A-Undercover Lover should finish second. Destroyer has the speed while Lover can rally from far back. Ace Destroyer could compromise There and Back’s chances to win. If you don’t mind swallowing underlay odds, we’re talking 4/5, back the entry. Otherwise use them on the bottom in the exacta.
The Gregory Foley trained Coltonator has a win and 2 seconds from 5 races at 6 furlongs. He also has a win and a second from 3 races over the Fair Grounds dirt. The presser could be in the perfect position to overtake Ace Detroyer and There and Back. Use up and down in your exotics.
- First: There and Back
- Second: Ace Destroyer / Undercover Lover
- Third: Coltonator
Race 7 – 4:24 pm ET – 6 F Dirt – $46,000 Allowance
This state-bred allowance could be perfect for last-out maiden winner Southern Liaison. By the second-call, Southern Liaison found herself behind by 4 ½ lengths. She rallied to break her maiden at first asking. That’s a sign that she’s a quality filly. Put her on top.
Lady Hopper has speed in a race that appears to lack much. Because most horseplayers will see her as lone speed in this, we shouldn’t expect her to hold her 8/1 morning line odds. Still, she’ll offer overlay odds. She’s a must use in all exotics because there’s a chance she takes the lead, opens up, and cruises to a win.
Danny Phish trained Sincerity has the best speed ratings. But she’s a closer in a race lacking speed and lost by thirteen lengths in her last. That race was at this level. She’s tough to put on top. She could close for the show money.
- First: Southern Liaison
- Second: Lady Hopper
- Third: Sincerity
Race 8 – 4:53 pm ET – 1 M Turf – $40,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Some quality animals will hit the Fair Grounds turf course for Race 8 on Thursday. Among them is 7/2 Morning Molly. Don’t freak out when this Thomas Proctor charge’s odds drop in half. Morning Molly could go off the favorite. She has 2 wins and a second from 4 races, gets jockey Corey Lanerie, and Proctor knows how to get them ready on the lawn.
Miss Mercken ran into trouble in her last race. She lacked room at the 1/16 pole and then had to check. Still, she lost by 2 lengths when finishing fourth. She’s 8/1 on the morning line. But, Trip handicappers will be all over her. Tom Amoss trains, which means her odds could get cut in half like Morning Molly’s. Still, she’s a solid choice to get into the exacta.
Brad Cox is one of the top trainers in the nation, which is why any time he saddles a horse that offers 6/1 odds, we had better pay attention. That runner in the eighth is Clara Peeters. A 4-year-old filly from Great Britain, Clara Peeters has a 2-3-2 record from 12 races. She runs with Lasix on Thursday. That could help. Questions remain, though, which is why third place makes sense.
- First: Morning Molly
- Second: Miss Mercken
- Third: Clara Peeters