Today’s late pick four at The Fair Grounds down in New Orleans appears to be like the barn door on Uncle Ellis’s farm….WIDE OPEN !!!

All of them are stakes races with larger fields and no real prohibitive favorites. This means the betting money should be spread which could yield a nice return on your investment. Here are a few hillbilly thoughts on a couple of plays in each.

RACE 10 THE MINESHAFT

Eleven runners going a mile and a sixteenth over the Big Easy dirt gets things started. I like the West coast shipper Midcourt (8-1) for trainer John Shirrreffs. O Besos (6-1) won his last start at Fair Grounds on January 2 and is another value play that can get the calculator moving in the right direction. This opening leg could make some smile while also trashing a lot of tickets as any number of entrants can win.

RACE 11 FAIR GROUNDS STAKES

Again eleven runners but this time at a mile and an eighth on the green, green grass. This is another coin flipper unless you decide to go super deep. We are taking another shot at a big payout with the Brendan Walsh trained Santin (12-1) Our second selection is a little closer to chalk as Largent (7-2) tries to rebound from his only finish out of the top two (Tropical Park Derby Jan 8, 2022) in eleven career starts.

RACE 12 RACHEL ALEXANDRA

A stepping stone race to the Kentucky Oaks, this one also features…you guessed it eleven runners. Trainer Bret Calhoun sends Hidden Connection (3-1) in off some good works and we like her as our top selection. With many others that have a big shot, our dart lands on another Brendan Walsh trainee in the unbeaten North County (8-1)

RACE 13 RISEN STAR

A ¬†stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby, this race named for Secretariat’s most successful son is very balanced as five of the ten entrants are between 7-2 and 9-2 on the morning line. We like Slow Down Andy (9-2) for trainer Doug O’Neill as he ships in from the West coast. We are going with morning line favorite and unbeaten Smile Happy (7-2) as our other pick because if we cash that’s exactly what will happen !

BACK A HORSE AND GET PAID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!