International Racing Trader’s Tips: Thursday 23rd April
Our trader Mark Underhill previews Thursday’s racing
The racing fun continues this week, with plenty of action taking place across the globe, including in Sweden and the U.S.
And our expert has taken a close look at Thursday’s meetings at Halmstad and Oaklawn Park.
The course on Sweden’s western coast hosts an eight-card race, with Johan Untersteiner looking to add to last week’s success after he won with two of his four drives. His father Peter also drove and trained a winner on the card.
The pair drove 310 winners between them last year and have continued their form into this year, with 30 combined so far. Peter perhaps has the stronger fancies, with Furies Rain looking to have a leading chance in the 11:42.
He won on debut at Jägersro in November under Johan, before Peter took charge last time out for a second-placed drive at Åby when returning from a long break.
Tragopan Jet has his first start since joining Peter’s stable and it will be interesting to see how he fares in the 12:26. He’s won more than double the amount of races as the other entries with 16 wins and he impressed in third on his most recent start in November.
Johan Untersteiner drives: Cooling Break O.O. (11:20), Dizzy River (12:04), Global Warrior (12:26), Elle Titation (13:27)
Peter Untersteiner drives: Furies Rain (11:42), Lord L.S. (12:04), Tragopan Jet (12:26), Super Alice (12:47), Ritz Happy Star (13:07), Rosie Access (13:27)
There are just seven cards left at Oaklawn Park this season ahead of Thursday evening’s nine-race card.
Since the season began in January, Steve Asmussen has picked up more than $3.5 million in prize money, having earned three times more than any other trainer in 2019. He’s sent out 40 winners so far in 2020, with more than 41% of his runners finishing in the top three.
Meanwhile, Ricardo Santana Jr. has ridden more winners at Oaklawn Park than anybody else in six of the last seven seasons. He tops the pile this year with 48 winners and a strike rate of more than 19%.
Asmussen and Santana combined for three winners at Oaklawn Park last week and they team up with four runners on Thursday. Seattle Slang broke her maiden at Fair Grounds last month and she’ll have strong claims from stall two in the three-year-old contest at 23:09.
Steve Asmussen runners: Urbanite (21:06), Young Phillip (21:36), Fascilitator (22:06), Seattle Slang & Lightning Bug (23:09)
Ricardo Santana, Jr. booked rides: You’re Killin Me (19:35), Thornish (20:05), Roaring Fork (20:35), Urbanite (21:06), Young Phillip (21:36), Fascilitator (22:06), Out Of Trouble (22:38), Seattle Slang (23:09)
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