Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, August 13, 2021
Among the races I chose from Charles Town Races, Evangeline Downs, and Golden Gate Fields, my picks for Friday include two Arabian stakes races at Golden Gate along with our usual fare of allowance and claiming races.
And while I suspect the morning-line is reading off my notes, I have to admit that I agreed with the M/L choices for most of my picks. Still, I found second, third, and even fourth-favored prospects worth a wager.
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Friday Picks for Charles Town Races
We begin with race two, a 4-1/2 furlong starter optional claiming race on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the 2/1 morning line favorite, Strong Like Bull, with Brandon Whitacre in the irons.
This nine-year-old gelding finished in the money 17 of his 28 career starts, winning 13, including the Immortal Eyes Overnight Dash Stakes in 2019. Even though he may see some challenge from the 5/2 second-favored Won Dozen Banks (25 starts, 15 money finishes, nine wins), I don’t see any surprises here.
Sherry L. Jackson trains Strong Like Bull for owner Devin D. Walker.
We’re still on the main track for race four, a 4-1/2 furlong allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. There’s no guesswork involved with this choice: Buy a win ticket on Nico, the 1/1 morning-line favorite, to win.
This four-year-old colt moneyed all eight of his career starts, winning four. Notably, he finished second in 2019 in both the Henry Mercer Memorial Stakes (Black Type) and the West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type).
Javier Contreras trains Nico for owner-breeder O’Sullivan Farms LLC. Contreras has tapped veteran jockey Antonio Lopez to fill the irons for this race, just as he has for all three of Nico’s 2021 races.
Race seven is a seven-panel allowance race on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the fourth-favored (at 5/1) Boundtobebad, ridden by Reshawn Latchman.
This four-year-old filly had 12 money finishes in 14 career starts, winning three, making her the statistical leader in this eight-horse field. Incidentally, Boundtobebad placed second in the Sylvia Bishop Memorial Stakes (Black Type) last August and third in the West Virginia Tourism Office Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) in October—both at Charles Town.
Boundtobebad is trained by owner John A. Casey.
My Friday Picks for Evangeline Downs
We’re starting on the turf course here for race three, a five-furlong claiming race for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. This looks to be a fairly tight race, but I’m calling this one for the third-favored (at 9/2) Little Can, with Devin H. Magnon aboard.
Roland Patt, Jr. trains Little Can for Tashanam Patt.
We’re back on the main track for race four, a one-mile allowance optional claiming run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the 9/5 morning-line favorite, Tensas Thought, ridden by Roberto Morales.
This seven-year-old mare moneyed 20 of her 37 career starts, winning seven. Notably, she finished second in the 2019 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Stakes (Black Type) at Louisiana Downs and third at the 2019 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes (Black Type) at Evangeline Downs.
Ron Faucheux trains Tensas Thought for owner Allen Cassedy. Faucheux has tapped Morales to saddle Tensas Thought for her latest three races, resulting in one win and one second.
Race seven takes us back to the turf course for a five-furlong allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. I agree with the morning line, so I’m betting my money on the 9/5 favorite, Violent Ways, piloted by Colby J. Hernandez.
This six-year-old gelding finished in the money nine of his 13 career starts, winning seven.
Violent Ways is trained by owner Jeff Delhomme.
Friday’s Picks for Golden Gate Fields
We start out with race one on the all-weather track for the Wine Country Arabian Horse Association Stakes, an $8,000 purse, five-furlong run for Arabian fillies and mares three years old and upward.
I find the morning-line’s math quite sound, so I’m betting my two dollars on the 8/5 favorite, Dream Pearl, ridden by Francisco Monroy.
This ten-year-old Arabian mare finished in the money 35 of her 39 career starts, winning 16. including a three-stakes winning streak in 2018: the Emirates Breeders California Gold Rush Handicap at Los Alamitos, the Ferndale Arabian Stakes, and the Emirates Breeders California Gold Rush Handicap at Santa Rosa.
Terri Eaton trains Dream Pearl for himself and co-owners Dorothy Burt, Evelyn Call, and Cory Soltau.
Race two brings us the Wathba Stallions Cup Stakes, a $15,000 purse, 5-1/2 furlong all-weather track run for Arabian three-year-olds and upward. I’m going with the 5/2 second-favored AA Rich Whiskey, despite the fact that RB Hashtag, the morning-line favorite, has slightly better stats.
For the record, this five-year-old mare moneyed six of her 12 career starts, winning one.
Lorenzo Castane Lopez—who’s been riding thoroughbreds for three decades—only recently started piloting Arabians, but he’s already posted some impressive wins/WPS stats aboard that breed.
Owner Howard I. Rubin trains AA Rich Whiskey.
Race five puts us back on the thoroughbred side of things with a 5-1/2 furlong allowance optional claiming run for three-year-old fillies. I’m calling this for the 8/5 second-favored entry, Do You Hear That, ridden by Armando Ayuso.
This filly moneyed seven of her 12 career starts, winning four, which gives her a decided edge over the 6/5 favorite, not to mention the other fillies in this six-horse field.
Ranked among the top trainers in 2020, Quinn Howey works with Do You Hear That for owner-breeders Jill Gray and her husband, Dr. William T. Gray.