Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, September 10, 2021

| September 9, 2021 2:59 pm PDT

The races I assessed for my Friday picks are from Arlington International Racecourse, Evangeline Downs, and Gulfstream Park.

While most of my choices at Arlington and Gulfstream were between the morning-line’s top two prospects, Evangeline Downs came through for us with nothing but underdog moneymakers.

Before jumping down to the meat and potatoes, remember to check out the full race cards from each of the tracks at one of our top online racebooks.

Good luck!

Friday’s Picks for Arlington International Racecourse

We’re on the turf for race three, a one-mile starter optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I agree with the morning line, so I’m buying a win ticket on the 5/2 favorite, Antalya, with veteran jockey Rocco Bowen in the irons.

This six-year-old mare finished in the money 21 of her 43 career starts, winning ten.

Those are already the best stats in this eight-horse field, but Antalya’s record for 2021 of nine starts, six money finishes—four of them wins—indicates to me that she’s getting even better.

Longtime racing veteran Anthony J. Granitz trains Antalya for Thundering Hooves Racing, LLC. Granitz put Bowen in the irons for Antalya’s two most recent races.

We move back to the all-weather track for race four, a six-furlong allowance run for Illinois-bred fillies and mare three years old and upward. My money’s on the 7/5 morning line favorite, Jolina, ridden by Rocco Bowen.

This three-year-old filly moneyed five of her eight career starts, winning two. Notably, she finished third at last year’s Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Stakes (Black Type) at Hawthorne and second in the Isaac Murphy Stakes (Black Type) just last month at Arlington.

Anthony Mitchell trains Jolina for owner-breeder Richard Otto Stables, Inc. Bowen was aboard for that Isaac Stakes run.

Let’s skip down to race eight, a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming run on the turf course for three-year-olds and upward.

If Edgar Perez enters the starting gate aboard the 9/2 also-eligible/MTO Readthecliffnotes, bet them to win. This six-year-old gelding is in a statistical class by himself with 14 money finishes in 21 career starts, ten of which were wins.

Michele Boyce trains Readthecliffnotes for owners Cherrywood Racing Stables II, Terry Biondo, and Laura Donohoe.

If that doesn’t happen, then bet the 7/2 morning-line favorite, Fly Nightly, piloted by veteran jockey Christopher A. Emigh. This five-year-old gelding finished in the money 13 of his 20 career starts, winning six.

A newcomer who in just three years has established an impressive win/WPS record, Brittany A. Vanden Berg trains Fly Nightly for Marsico Brothers Racing. Vanden Berg tapped Emigh to saddle Fly Nightly for his four most recent races. 

My Friday Picks for Evangeline Downs

We’re on the main track for race four, a five-panel allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the fourth-favored (at 9/2) Tale of a Storm, ridden by Diego Saenz.

This six-year-old gelding finished in the money 11 of his 22 career starts, winning five. In this six-horse field, he’s easily the statistical leader.

Tale of the Storm is trained by owner Eduardo Ramirez, who put Saenz in the irons for Tale of the Storm’s most recent victory.

Let’s move to the turf course for race seven, a one-mile allowance optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward.

With two sets of coupled entries and the potential of a couple of MTO also-eligibles joining the race, there are plenty of ways to scramble this ten-horse field. Still, I like the 9/2 fourth-favored Jaci’s Royalty, ridden by veteran jockey Timothy Thornton.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed five of his ten career starts, winning four. Cortland Harrison trains Jaci’s Royalty for Bienvenu Racing.

Just in case Jaci’s Royalty doesn’t make it to the starting gate, but Perfect Star does, by all means, get yourself a win ticket on Perfect Star, ridden in this race by Devin H. Magnon.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed eight of his 13 career starts, winning three. Scott Gelner trains Perfect Star for owner Anton Kubacak.

Race eight puts us back on the main track for a seven-panel allowance run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the third-favored (at 7/2) Foursweetnieces, with Devin H. Magnon aboard.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money eight of his 16 career starts, winning three, which—in this short field of six—indicates a visit to the winner’s circle.

Foursweetnieces is trained by owner Dale White, Sr., who’s having the best year of his long career.

Friday Picks for Gulfstream Park

We’re on the main track for race four, a seven-furlong starter allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Don’t Get Khozy, piloted by Leonel Reyes.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money 22 of her 31 career starts, winning nine.

She also finished second in the Claiming Crown Glass Slipper Stakes last December here at Gulfstream Park. She’s the statistical standout in this seven-horse field.

Antonio Sano trains Don’t Get Khozy for Imaginary Stables.

Race six is a six-furlong claiming run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My win ticket is on the 5/2 second-favored R Prerogative, ridden by veteran jockey Edgard J. Zayas.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money for 17 of her 22 career starts, winning six. She most notably finished third in the FTBOA City of Ocala Florida Sire Stakes (Black Type) at Tampa Bay Downs in 2019 and third in the Millions Filly And Mare Turf Preview Stakes (Black Type) at Gulfstream Park West last November.

Georgina Baxter trains R Perogative for owners Averill Racing LLC and CCF Racing Stable, LLC.

For race eight—a one-mile claiming run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting on the 7/2 second-favored Joshy Jak, ridden by Miguel Angel Vasquez.

This three-year-old colt moneyed six of his seven career starts, winning two. In this eight-horse field, he’s got the statistical edge.

The regularly top-ranked Antonio Sano trains Joshy Jak for Doble Jak Investment LLC.

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