Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, August 20, 2021
Time for a Friday walk in the parks—Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, and Remington Park, to be exact. I found underdogs aplenty at both Monmouth and Gulfstream but had to back a couple of obvious winners from the favorites at Remington. It’s a tough life if you don’t weaken.
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My Friday Picks for Gulfstream Park
Starting with race four—a one-mile allowance optional claiming race on the main track for Florida-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m buying a win ticket on the 7/5 morning-line favorite, Nacho Papa, ridden by Samy Camacho.
While Nacho Papa was campaigned in stakes races back in 2018—with a modest degree of success—he’s not been particularly remarkable with more recent runs.
For the record, this five-year-old gelding moneyed 15 of his 28 career starts, winning four.
Jose Francisco D’Angelo, who took Jesus’ Team to third place at the 2020 Preakness, trains Nacho Papa for ProRacing Stable, LLC.
Race eight is a six-panel allowance optional claiming race on the main track for Florida-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the third-favored (at 4/1) Fast Loaded, with Angel S. Arroyo in the irons.
This four-year-old gelding finished in the money nine of his 14 career starts, winning five—making him the statistical leader in this eight-horse field.
Carlos A. David trains Fast Loaded for owner Moshe Mark. David put Arroyo in the irons for Fast Loaded’s most recent victory, a claiming race here at Gulfstream earlier this month.
We move to the turf course for race nine, a five-furlong claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the fourth-favored (at 6/1) Try Me, with top jockey Emisael Jaramillo aboard.
This three-year-old colt moneyed six of his eight career starts, winning one—his maiden graduation just last month.
Oscar M. Gonzalez trains Try Me for owner-breeder Just For Fun Stable, Inc. Gonzalez tapped Jaramillo to saddle Try Me for his two latest runs, including his maiden victory.
Friday’s Picks for Monmouth Park
Let’s start with race two, a five-furlong allowance optional claiming race on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the third-favored (at 3/1) My Best Friend, piloted by Carlos J. Hernandez.
This five-year-old mare was raced infrequently in 2019 and 2020, but she still remembers where the finish line is. For the record, My Best Friend moneyed five of her seven career starts, winning three, including her initial maiden attempt in 2018 and two starter races at Parx, one a year ago and the other this past June.
Harold Wyner, who’s having a very good year professionally, trains My Best Friend for owner John Fanelli.
We move to the turf course for race five, a 1-1/16 miles claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 6/1 fourth-favored T Minus Ten, ridden by veteran jockey Nik Juarez.
This three-year-old gelding finished in the money three of his six career starts, winning two—both in 2021.
Unless Shore Magic’s jockey for this race, Paco Lopez, intends to do most of the running himself, I don’t see a happy Friday for Shore Magic.
Mark Shuman trains T Minus Ten for owners Z Racing, LLC and Todd Krauss.
We’re back on the main track for race six, a 1-1/16 miles claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the second-favored (at 3/1) Lady Normandy, with top jockey Paco Lopez in the irons.
This four-year-old filly finished in the money three of her six career starts, winning one. In this nine-horse field, that’s a solid record.
Racing veteran Kathleen A. DeMasi trains Lady Normandy for her own Pewter Stables. DeMasi put Lopez in the irons for Lady Normandy’s most recent race, her graduation victory.
Friday Picks for Remington Park
Let’s start with race one, a six-panel allowance race for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the fourth-favored (at 5/1) Sheriff Femenino, with veteran jockey Leandro D. Goncalves aboard.
This four-year-old filly finished in the money for two of her three career starts, winning one. Not gobsmackingly good, but it stands up against her competitors in this nine-horse field.
A consistently good earner and winner at Oklahoma-Texas tracks for nearly three decades, Kari Craddock trains Sheriff Femenino for owner Baldomero Chavez.
Race six is a six-furlong allowance race on the main track for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward.
This three-year-old filly moneyed both of her career starts, finishing third in the Oklahoma Classics Lassie Stakes (Black Type) in October 2020 and then graduating from the maiden class a couple of weeks later.
Sunday Flashback is trained by owner-breeder C. R. Trout, who tapped Alvarez to saddle Sunday Flashback for both of her races.
Race eight brings us the Governor’s Cup Stakes—a $175,000 purse, 1-1/8 miles main track run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the 2/1 morning line favorite, Plainsman, ridden by top jockey Francisco Arrieta.
This six-year-old finished in the money 15 of his 23 career starts, winning seven, most recently including an allowance race at Oaklawn Park in April, the Jim Rasmussen Stakes (Black Type) at Prairie Meadows in June, and the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes (Listed) at Indiana Grand Race Course in July.
While there are certainly some talented horses in this ten-horse field, this is Plainsman’s race to lose.
Eclipse Award winner (2020) Brad H. Cox trains Plainsman for Shortleaf Stable, Inc. Cox put Arrieta in the irons for Plainsman’s current three-win streak.