Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, July 16, 2021

| July 16, 2021 2:59 am PDT

One of my favorite tracks, Del Mar Racing, kicks off its 2021 summer meet with the Oceanside Stakes, so naturally, I have an underdog pick for that race as well as interesting choices in two other races at Del Mar.

This doesn’t mean I’m ignoring my other two tracks for the Friday picks—Gulfstream Park and Pimlico Race Course. Both have some solid surprise underdogs in-store to boost our bankrolls and shame the morning line.

Good luck!

My Friday Picks for Del Mar Racing

Let’s start out on the turf course with race seven, a five-furlong run for three-year-olds and upwards. My two dollars is on the 4/1 morning line favorite, Eddie Haskell, with top jockey Trevor McCarthy in the irons.

It’s true that this eight-year-old gelding hasn’t raced since 2019, but he posted triple-digit speed figures for the vast majority of his races, and I see no competitor in this 12-horse field with the chops to beat him. Not on grass.

For the record: Eddie Haskell moneyed 19 of his 25 career starts, winning ten. And these weren’t just claiming/allowance runs—he competed in ten stakes races, winning the Daytona Stakes (Grade III) as well as several Black Type stakes.

Regularly ranked among the top trainers in earnings since 2014, Mark Glatt trains Eddie Haskell for owners James Hailey and Philip J. Wood.

We’re back on the main track for race eight, a 6-1/2 furlong run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on one of the second-favored entries (two at 4/1) in this race—Exaulted, ridden by ace jockey Umberto Rispoli.

Sure, this four-year-old colt will see some serious competition from the morning-line favorite, Freedom Fighter. Still, Exaulted’s record has a persuasive story to tell: Six money finishes in six career starts, one of them a win. He finished third in his two most recent races—the San Carlos Stakes (Grade II) in March and the Triple Bend Stakes (Grade II) in May, both at Santa Anita. He’ll do.

Peter Eurton, who took 2020 Kentucky Derby contender Storm the Court to a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile win in 2019, trains Exaulted for C R K Stable LLC.

Race nine is the ungraded Oceanside Stakes, a $100,000 purse, one-mile turf run for three-year-olds. I’m calling this one for the 4/1 second-favored Dream Shake, with Joe Bravo aboard.

This colt moneyed four of his five career starts, breaking his maiden with his initial race in February at Santa Anita. He went on to finish third in both the San Felipe Stakes (Grade II) in March and the Santa Anita Derby (Grade I) in April, then finished second in the Pat Day Mile Stakes (Grade II) in May at Churchill Downs.

Peter Eurton trains Dream Shake for owners Exline-Border Racing LLC, SAF Racing, Stonestreet Stables LLC, and Richard Hausman.

Thursday Picks for Gulfstream Park

We start on the turf for race two, a one-mile grass run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 6/1 underdog, Appointed, ridden by Miguel Angel Vasquez.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money four of her seven career starts, winning two, making her a standout in this unimpressive seven-horse field.

Leon J. McKanas trains Appointed for owners Prostar 10 Stables, Inc. and The Four Horsemen Racing Stable, Inc. McKanas has put Vasquez aboard Appointed for her two most recent races.

Back on the main track for race five—a six-furlong dirt run for three-year-olds and upward—I’m backing the 5/2 second-favored Thinkaboutit, piloted by veteran jockey Samy Camacho.

This three-year-old gelding had four money finishes in his eight career starts, two of those wins. He’s in the statistical lead in this six-horse field.

Longtime racing veteran Edward Plesa, Jr. trains Thinkaboutit for owner-breeder Marion G. Montanari.

Race eight is a one-mile main track run for Florida-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m calling this one for the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Tiz Possible Dear, with top jockey Edgard J. Zayas in the irons.

This six-year-old mare moneyed 19 of her 34 career starts, winning ten, including the Millions Distaff Stakes (Black Type) at Gulfstream Park West last November.

Victor Barboza, Jr. trains Tiz Possible Dear for Racing Bull Stables, Inc.

Thursday’s Picks for Pimlico Race Course

We’re on the turf course for race three, a five-furlong run for three-year-olds and upward.

If the also-eligible/MTO favorite (at 8/5) Belle Tapisserie enters the starting gate, bet him and jockey Carol Cedeno to win. The six-year-old gelding moneyed 18 of his 32 career starts, winning 12.

He’s far and away from the statistical leader in this 12-horse field. It also doesn’t hurt that Cedeno is having one of the best years of her career.

If that doesn’t happen, then move your win bet over to trainer Keiron Magee’s other horse in this race, the 9/2 underdog Wonder In, ridden by Carlos Eduardo Lopez.

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

Ranked among the top 100 trainers every year since 2014, Kieron Magee trains Belle Tapisserie for Erin McElwee and Wonder In for James C. Wolf.

Race six is a six-panel main track sprint for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the 5/1 underdog, Sublimity, with veteran jockey Angel Cruz aboard.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money for five of her eight career starts, winning four. That’s comparable to the M/L favorite’s record, if not a skosh better. Plus, Cruz is having the best year of her career. I like their chances.

Ranked among the top trainers for 2019 and 2020, Anthony Farrior works Sublimity for owner Christopher W. Melton.

We’re back on the turf for race seven, a one-mile grass route for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

I’m going to agree with the morning-line on this one and buy a win ticket on the 5/2 favorite, Mosalah, ridden by veteran jockey J. D. Acosta.

This four-year-old filly moneyed six of her ten career starts, winning one. She finished third in the Maryland Million Ladies Stakes (Black Type) at Laurel Park last October and second in the Peach Blossom Stakes at Delaware Park earlier this month.

Lynn A. Ashby trains Mosalah for owners-breeders Michael Bishop, Dr. Thomas Bowman, and Christina M. Bowman.

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