Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, December 3, 2021

| December 2, 2021 10:40 am PDT

I uncovered some solid underdog moneymakers at all three tracks—Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, and Los Alamitos Race Course—for my Friday horseracing picks.

In fact, I found only one favorite at each of those three tracks worth the wager.

Remember to check out the entire race-cards for each of the tracks at one of our best horseraccing wagering sites.

Good luck!

My Friday Picks for Golden Gate Fields

Let’s start with race four, a 5-1/2 furlong starter allowance run on the all-weather track for two-year-old’s that have never won two races. I’m calling this one for the third-favored (at 7/2) Drinking Again, ridden by Ruben Fuentes.

The only competitor in this race that has moneyed at the stakes level, this colt won his initial maiden attempt in June at Golden Gate, then finished second a couple of weeks later in the Everett Nevin Stakes (Black Type) at Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack.

Ed Moger Jr. trains Drinking Again for owners Moger Inc., Bill Dory, Sandy Dory, Gary Kropp, and Janet Kropp.

Race six is a 5-1/2 furlong claiming race on the all-weather track for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won three races. I like the 9/5 morning-line favorite for this race, This Is the One, piloted by veteran jockey Catalino Martinez.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money in eight of her 12 career starts, winning two, which gives her a solid statistical lead in this eight-horse field.

Longtime racing veteran Steven Specht trains This Is the One for owner Lloyd E. Grant.

We move to the turf course for race eight, a five-furlong allowance run for three-year-old’s and upward. I like the 4/1 underdog in this race, Tom’s Surprise, with Evin A. Roman in the irons.

While the 8/5 morning-line favorite, Silver Claim, has an impressive history, while Tom’s Surprise is the only entry in this eight-horse race showing any success at all at the stakes level.

For the record, this four-year-old gelding moneyed nine of his 14 career starts, winning five. He notably finished second in the Bertrando Stakes (Black Type) at Los Alamitos in June.

Jack Steiner trains Tom’s Surprise for Remmah Racing, Inc.

Friday’s Picks for Gulfstream Park

We’re on the turf course for race five, a five-furlong allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. I like the 7/2 second-favored Shekky Shebaz, ridden by top jockey Paco Lopez.

Campaigned aggressively at the stakes level throughout his career, this six-year-old gelding finished in the money 19 of his 27 career starts, winning six, including the Lucky Coin Stakes (Black Type) at Saratoga and the Claiming Crown Canterbury Stakes at Gulfstream Park—both in 2019.

He also finished second in the Troy Stakes (Grade III) at Saratoga in 2020.

I’ll be the first to admit that Shekky Shebaz has had better years than 2021, but he is still posting triple digit speed figures. In this eight-horse field, he’ll do.

Breeders’ Cup veteran Christophe Clement trains Shekky Shebaz for owner Thaddeus A. Wier Jr.

Race six is the Wait a While Stakes, a $75,000 purse, one-mile turf run for two-year-old fillies. I agree with the morning line, so my two dollars is on the 5/2 favorite, Lemieux, with veteran jockey Edwin Gonzalez in the irons.

This filly moneyed four of her five career starts, winning two, including the Brethren Juvenile Fillies Stakes (Black Type) in October. In fact, she’s the only entry in this nine-horse field that has won more than her maiden.

Hall of Famer Mark E. Casse trains Lemieux for D. J. Stable LLC. Casse also tapped Gonzalez to saddle Lemieux for her stakes victory.

Race ten is the Pulpit Stakes, a $75,000 purse, one-mile run on the turf course for two-year-old’s. This one looks to be a tight race, but I’m buying a win ticket on the 6/1 underdog, Eldon’s Prince, with Edgard J. Zayas aboard.

This colt finished all three of his career starts in the money, winning two—the Proud Man Stakes (Black Type) in August and the Armed Forces Stakes (Black Type) in September.

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. trains Eldon’s Prince for Gentry Farms (A.P. Gentry). Edgard Zayas has been in the irons for all three of Eldon’s Prince’s pro races.

Friday’s Picks for Los Alamitos Race Course

We’ll start on the main track with race two, a six-furlong claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the second-favored (at 2/1) Active Account, ridden by top jockey Ricardo Gonzalez.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money three of his five career starts, winning two, which gives him a decided statistical advantage in this seven-horse field.

Thirty-year racing veteran Doug F. O’Neill trains Active Account for S3L, LLC.

Race four is a 5-1/2 furlong starter allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 7/5 morning-line favorite, Red Valor, with veteran jockey Abel Cedillo in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding stand out in this short field of five with nine money finishes in 28 career starts, six of them wins. That may not sound all that impressive, but his 2021 record certainly does – five money finishes in eight starts, four of them wins. He’ll do.

Steve Knapp trains Red Valor for owner Bill Tomasic.

Race five is a six-furlong claiming race on the main track for three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races. My money’s on the third-favored (at 5/2) Surplus, with Edwin A. Maldonado aboard.

This three-year-old gelding has the best record in this six-horse field: Three money finishes in six career starts, with one win.

Ruben D. Alvarado trains Surplus for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.

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