Tuesday’s Best Bets and Quick Picks: 8-1 shot at Turf Paradise

March 12th, 2024

Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares best bets and quick picks for Tuesday, March 12 at Will Rogers Downs, Mahoning Valley, and Turf Paradise, including an 8-1 longshot.

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Best Bets and Quick Picks

Will Rogers Downs: Race 1: $7,500 Claiming (five furlongs, 2:15 p.m. ET)

#6 Wheresthecartgirl (3-1) has faltered in a pair of recent $5,000 claimers against non-state-restricted competition over the bullring oval at Delta Downs. But against Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park, she previously won a $7,500 maiden claimer and finished second in a $7,500 claimer, earning decent Brisnet Speed ratings of 60 and 61.

Wheresthecartgirl has early speed and may prove tough to catch while tackling a $7,500 claimer for Oklahoma-breds at Will Rogers Downs. The fact pacesetters have won 57% of dirt sprints at Will Rogers Downs this meet cements Wheresthecartgirl as an appealing win choice.


  • #6 Wheresthecartgirl (3-1)
  • #2 Hangxiety (5-2)
  • #5 Princess Ball (2-1)


  • $25 to win on #6 Wheresthecartgirl

Mahoning Valley: Race 7: Allowance (six furlongs, 3:43 p.m. ET)

#2 Officially Yours (5-2) was in hot form at the end of 2023. The Robert Gorham trainee led almost all the way to win a six-furlong maiden special weight at Mahoning Valley by 5 1/2 lengths, then dominated an allowance over the same track and distance by 4 1/2 lengths. The runner-up in the latter race, Oh Glorious Day, returned to win her next start against allowance competition by 4 3/4 lengths.

Officially Yours owns Brisnet Speed ratings of 79 and 77, numbers that suggest she’s a formidable win threat while tackling another six-furlong Mahoning allowance. We’ll keep things simple with a win bet on Officially Yours.


  • #2 Officially Yours (5-2)
  • #1 Hello Sweets (9-2)
  • #6 Amy’s Star (2-1)


  • $25 to win on #2 Officially Yours

Turf Paradise: Race 6: Maiden Special Weight (six furlongs, 6:48 p.m. ET)

Trainer Chad Story has been on fire at Turf Paradise this meet, going 5-for-8 (63%). Story has entered two horses in this maiden sprint for New Mexico-breds, and in terms of Brisnet Speed ratings #7 Ima Rascal (6-1) looks like a viable win contender after posting a 66 when second in a non-state-restricted $8,000 maiden claimer at Sunland Park two months ago.

But it’s worth noting Story’s go-to jockey Glenn Corbett (5-for-6, 83% teaming up with Story over the last two months) is named to ride the unraced Story trainee #6 Chicken Wing (8-1). Chicken Wing has put together a promising work tab capped off by a bullet three furlongs in :35 2/5 at Turf Paradise, so we’re willing to bet Chicken Wing can spring a surprise on debut.

Since Chicken Wing’s 8-1 morning line odds are enticing, we’ll bet him to win and call it a day.


  • #6 Chicken Wing (8-1)
  • #5 Lord Bo (9-2)
  • #7 Ima Rascal (6-1)


  • $25 to win on #6 Chicken Wing

Good luck!