Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, February 19, 2021

| February 18, 2021 3:15 pm PDT

While there were plenty of surprises at the three tracks I selected for my Friday racing picks, I found only a single value show bet.

On the other hand, the majority of my win-picks at all three tracks — Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, and Tampa Bay Downs — are underdogs, including a 6/1 sleeper in race 2 at Santa Anita.

Read on for the summary of my racing picks for the top three races at each of those three tracks on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Good luck!

Friday’s Picks for Gulfstream Park

  • Race 3: Gunman 3/1 (win)
  • Race 6: My Ashleigh 7/2 (win)
  • Race 9: Daddy’s Joy 7/5 (win)

The three races I reviewed at Gulfstream Park for Friday’s wagering had no long-odds entries for value show bets, but the track made up for it with a couple of underdog win prospects, including a second-favored horse in race 3 and a third-favored (at 7/2) in race 6.

Learn the statistics behind my predictions and picks For Friday’s richest three races at Gulfstream Park.

My Friday Predictions at Santa Anita Park

  • Race 1: Du Jour 9/5 (win)
  • Race 3: Starship Chewbacca 4/1 (win)
  • Race 9: Rockie Causeway 2/1 (win)

Santa Anita had only one underdog for me to tout among the three races I assessed, but it was a good one — a fourth-favored entry (at 4/1) in race 3.

I agreed with the morning line’s choice of favorites in races 1 and 9 and found no long-odds contenders worth the risk of a show bet. Insert sad emoji here.

Explore the reasoning and statistics supporting my picks for Friday’s richest races at Santa Anita Park.

Friday Picks and Predictions for Tampa Bay Downs

  • Race 2: Italian Justice 6/1 (win)
  • Race 7: Pugilist 2/1 (win)
  • Race 7: Dance or Stroll 15/1 (show, if starts)
  • Race 9: Divine Ambition 9/2 (win)

Tampa Bay Downs gave us our only long-odds value show bet, a 15/1 also-eligible entry in race 7.

The real surprise, however, was the fifth-favored entry (at 6/1) I found in race 2. That horse — Italian Justice — has the record to back up my win-pick.

I agreed with the morning line on the probable winner of race 7 but found a third-favored (at 9/2) entry in race 9, which — along with that 6/1 sleeper in race 2 — should improve our bankrolls.

Read all about the rationales underpinning my picks and predictions for the three races I reviewed for Friday’s betting at Tampa Bay Downs.

J.W. Paine
J.W. Paine

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