Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, August 27, 2021

| August 26, 2021 12:46 pm PDT

My three favorite tracks for Friday are Arlington International Racecourse, Gulfstream Park, and Remington Park, and lucky for us, all three offer us solid opportunities to bet on underdog moneymakers.

Remember to check out the full race cards for all three tracks at our top online racebooks.

Good luck!

My Friday Picks for Arlington International Racecourse

We’ll start with race one, a seven-furlong allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Field Letters, ridden by Constantino Roman.

I think this is the six-year-old mare’s race to lose: Field Letters finished in the money 14 of her 20 career starts, winning eight. She’s currently on a three-win streak at Arlington. Constantino Roman has been in the irons for the last two.

Long-time Chicago area trainer Michael L. Reavis works with Field Letters for Gumpster Stable LLC.

We switch to the turf for race six, a 1-1/16 miles claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the 7/2 second-favored Packed House, with Jareth Loveberry aboard.

This six-year-old gelding moneyed ten of his 16 career starts, winning four.

While this evenly matched eight-horse race could be a nail-biter, I say Packed House will prevail.

Breeders’ Cup veteran Wayne M. Catalano trains Packed House for his own Catalano Thoroughbreds, Inc. Catalano put Loveberry in the irons for Packed House’s two most recent wins.

Race eight is a one-mile allowance race on the turf course for three-year-olds and upward. I like the 3/1 morning-line favorite, Temper Tantrum, ridden by veteran jockey Christopher A. Emigh.

This three-year-old gelding finished five of his eight career starts in the money, three of them wins, including the Richard P. Hazelton Memorial Stakes (Black Type) earlier this month at Arlington. Yes, Emigh was in the irons for that victory.

Top-ranked Larry Rivelli trains Temper Tantrum for owners Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope LLC.

Friday’s Picks for Gulfstream Park

Let’s start here with race six, a five-furlong claiming race on the turf course for three-year-olds and upward. I have to agree with the morning line here and bet my two dollars on the 5/2 favorite, R Man Joe, with veteran jockey Emisael Jaramillo in the irons.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money seven of his ten career starts, winning two. Notably, he finished second in the 2020 Texas Glitter Stakes (Black Type) at Gulfstream. In this nine-horse field, he’s a shoo-in.

Georgina Baxter—who won the Grade III Sugar Swirl Stakes two years running (2019 and 2020) with Lady’s Island—trains R Man Joe for owners Averill Racing LLC, Silver Oak Stable LLC, Jim Stackpoole, and M & G Stables.

We’re still on the turf for race eight—a 7-1/2 furlong starter allowance race for three-year-olds and upward. My win ticket is on the fourth-favored (at 5/1) Kroy, piloted by Emisael Jaramillo.

This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 21 of his 33 career starts, winning ten—but his 2021 record is the real convincer for me: Seven money finishes in seven starts, three of them wins.

His entire racing history is full of triple-digit speed figures. This is a professional horse.

Juan D. Arias trains Kroy for Ira Ashwal.

We’re back on the main track for race nine, a six-panel claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the 3/1 morning-line favorite Picking Up Pennies, ridden by top jockey Edgard J. Zayas.

Co-owner Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. trains Picking Up Pennies for himself and Paraiso Investments. Joseph has tapped Zayas to saddle Picking Up Pennies for his two most recent races, both second-place finishes.

Friday Picks for Remington Park

We’re starting on the turf for race one, a 7-1/2 furlong allowance race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m backing the second-favored (at 7/2) Lady Phyllis, with veteran jockey Ramon A. Vazquez aboard.

While it’s true the morning-line favorite, What’s News, has a very slight statistical advantage over Lady Phyllis, the truth is, What’s News has spent her entire brief career trying to graduate from the maiden races—which she finally accomplished just last month.

Lady Phyllis, on the other hand, broke her maiden on her first attempt and moved on to the greater challenge of running with the big girls. For the record: the six-year-old Lady Phyllis moneyed 18 of her 26 career starts, winning five. She’ll do.

Oscar Flores trains Lady Phyllis for Country Bro Stables.

Race seven moves us back to the main track for a six-panel allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the 2/1 morning-line favorite—A Real Jewel, with Stewart Elliott in the irons—mostly because A Real Jewel’s not quite as unimpressive as her competition.

What’s it take to be the star of this eight-horse field? This three-year-old filly finished in the money two of her five career starts, winning one. So if you answered my question with “not much,” please pick up your prize at the window.

Hall of Famer Steven M. Asmussen trains A Real Jewel for Courtlandt Farms (Donald and Donna Adam). Asmussen has put Elliott in the irons for A Real Jewel’s two most recent races, resulting in her two money finishes—a maiden graduation and a second in a subsequent allowance race, both at Lone Star.

We’re on the main track for race eight, a six-furlong allowance optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. It’s possible that the morning-line favorite’s glory days are behind him, but I‘m not ready to admit that—, and I don’t think he is, either.

I’m talking about Welder, an eight-year-old gelding that’s been campaigned successfully in just about every stakes race you can find in the southwest. For the record, he finished in the money for 37 of his 41 career starts. Oh, and he won 26 of those starts, 18 of them black-type stakes races.

He’s won the Silver Goblin Stakes (Black Type) at Remington Park four times, from 2017 through 2020.

Theresa Sue Luneack, who trains Welder for Ra-Max Farms LLC, has tapped top jockey David Cabrera to saddle Welder for this race.

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