Another week of racing kicks off on Monday at Turf Paradise with an ever-increasing $330,622 carryover in the Grand Canyon Pick 6 Jackpot.
Short-priced runners tend to dominate at Turf Paradise, with favorites winning nearly 50% of the Pick 6 races contested over the last 2 1/2 weeks. But Monday’s sequence looks tougher than usual with a bevy of large fields on tap, increasing the likelihood of longshots stealing the show.
With the goal of constructing a unique winning ticket (or at least catching a larger-than-usual consolation payoff), here are three vulnerable favorites worth opposing in Monday’s Grand Canyon Pick 6 sequence:
Race 7: #9 Betty C (5-2)
At first glance, Betty C looks formidable. Two recent runs at Turf Paradise have yielded a win and a place, with her runner-up effort coming over Monday’s distance and class level. But on the latter occasion, Betty C barely managed to catch pacesetter #2 Seekarap (5-1), who weakened only slightly to finish a neck behind the favorite in third place.
Seekarap campaigns for jockey/trainer duo Isaias Enriquez and Bart Hone (who have gone 5-for-8 together over the last two months) and is eligible to take a step forward in her second start back from a two-month freshening. If she does, Seekarap can give Betty C a serious run for the money.
Race 8: #11 Devon’s Choice (5-2)
Devon’s Choice was hardly disgraced when coming home sixth against $10,000 claiming company at Zia Park last time out; after carving out the pace, she weakened in the final furlong to finish just 4 1/4 lengths behind the winner. But Devon’s Choice risks a wide trip while breaking from the far outside post in a large field, and from a Brisnet Speed rating perspective, she doesn’t boast much of an edge.
Race 9: #5 Serengeti Cat (4-1)
A son of Kitten’s Joy, Serengeti Cat enters off a series of decent if non-threatening efforts against $8,000 claiming company at Century Mile. Dropping down to the $6,250 level should help Serengeti Cat’s chances, but he’s never run at Turf Paradise and isn’t a standout in terms of Brisnet Speed ratings. Several of his rivals have been running faster, and Serengeti Cat’s midpack closing style could be a disadvantage sprinting six furlongs in a race without much pace. Facing 10 rivals, Serengeti Cat doesn’t look unbeatable.