Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, January 29, 2021

| January 28, 2021 2:54 pm PDT

I liked Aqueduct Racetrack, Fair Grounds Race Course, and Gulfstream Park so much Thursday that I decided to review them again for Friday — and the profit opportunities they presented were even stranger and more deeply hidden than before.

With that, let’s get right to the summary of my picks and predictions for Friday, January 29, 2021.

Good luck!

Friday Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack

  • Race 1: Chargina 7/2 (win)
  • Race 4: My My Michelle 8/1 (win)
  • Race 7: Make Mischief 2/1 (win)

My win recommendations above conceal some deeply hidden underdogs, including a seventh-favored (or least-likely-to-win, if you prefer) win pick in race 4 and a slightly less unlikely third-favored choice in race 1. Unfortunately, I found no long-odds value show tickets to tout, but such is life.

You can follow the reasoning for my predictions for Friday’s three richest races at Aqueduct Racetrack.

My Friday Predictions for Fair Grounds Race Course

  • Race 4: Papa’s Boy 9/5 (win, if starts)
  • Race 4: Social Afleet 5/2 (win, otherwise)
  • Race 6: Gemo Rain 6/1 (win, if starts)
  • Race 6: Bring Me a Check 7/2 (win, otherwise)
  • Race 6: Caramel Angel 12/1 (show, if starts)
  • Race 8: Noble Egyptian 6/1 (win)
  • Race 8: Majestic Sign 8/1 (sleeper)

Fair Grounds really came through for us with surprises, even though I wound up backing the morning line favorites in race 4 and 6.

In race 8, I found a second-favored entry with winning potential — and then I found a sleeper at 8/1 morning-line odds that had nearly the same potential, so you get to pick the one you like best.

All three of the races I reviewed at Fair Grounds for Friday are turf runs (unless conditions force a move to the main track), so there are if-then win choices for races 4 and 6, as well as an if-then for a value show ticket in race 6, surprisingly enough.

Discover the rationale behind my choices for Friday’s three richest races at Fair Grounds Race Course.

Gulfstream Park Picks and Predictions for Friday

  • Race 5: Dugout 2/1 (win)
  • Race 7: La Cara Bonita 7/2 (win)
  • Race 7: Freezer Burn 15/1 (show)
  • Race 9: La Libertee 7/2 (win)
  • Race 9: Flash Town 10/1 (show)

Gulfstream Park had the most normal (if such a word applies these days) picks, requiring me to back the morning line favorite in race 5. Still, I found second-favored horses in both race 7 and race 9 to tout.

It also helps that I found two fair-to-middlin’ value show bets, one at 15/1 in race 7 and another at 10/1 in race 9. Not great, but not bad, either.

Learn more about my predictions for the three races I reviewed at Gulfstream Park for Friday.

J.W. Paine

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