Best Horse Racing Bets for Saturday, August 28, 2021

| August 27, 2021 12:19 pm PDT

The big news for my picks at my selected three tracks—Charles Town Races, Del Mar Racing, and Monmouth Park—is that I found nothing but sleepers at one of them. That’s right: There are at least three 8/1 sleepers at Del Mar with a very good chance of getting their pictures taken in the winner’s circle Saturday.

That’s not to say I didn’t find some underdog moneymakers at Charles Town and Monmouth, of course, but three sleepers at one track? Did we just win the lottery?

In any case, before you skip down to the meat and potatoes, be sure to check the entire race-cards for all three tracks at one of our best horseracing wagering sites.

Good luck!

My Saturday Picks for Charles Town Races

We’re on the main track for race two, a 6-1/2 furlong claiming race for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the fourth-favored (at 4/1) Longstorylucy, ridden by Fredy Peltroche.

The five-year-old mare leads this seven-horse field with 16 money finishes in 28 career starts, seven of them wins.

It doesn’t hurt that Peltroche is having the winningest year of his nearly two decades in the irons.

Regularly ranked among the top in her profession, Ronney W. Brown trains Longstorylucy for owner-breeder Kevin L. Anderson. Brown has tapped Peltroche to saddle Longstorylucy for her last 13 races.

Race four is a 4-1/2 furlong allowance race on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m going to agree with the morning line on this one and bet my two dollars on the 9/5 favorite, Peppa Starr, with veteran jockey Antonio Lopez aboard.

This three-year-old filly moneyed five of her nine career starts, winning four. She also came in fifth in the Its Binn Too Long Stakes last in May.

Longtime racing veteran Javier Contreras trains Peppa Starr for Breeze Easy, LLC. Contreras put Lopez in the irons for Peppa Starr’s two most recent wins.

For race seven—a 4-1/2 furlong claiming race for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward—my money’s on the 1/1 morning-line favorite, Juba Train, piloted by top jockey Denis Araujo.

This three-year-old filly had eight money finishes in her 15 career starts, two of them wins. She most notably finished third in the Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes (Black Type) last November after managing a fourth among a ten-horse field in the West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) the previous month. She’ll do.

Michael E. Jones, Jr. trains Juba Train for Top Notch Racing.

Saturday Picks for Del Mar Racing

We’re on the turf for race nine, a 1-1/8 miles allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting all two of my dollars on the 8/1 sleeper, Lure Him In, with veteran jockey Drayden Van Dyke in the irons.

This four-year-old gelding’s record is a virtual match for that of the morning-line favorite, but Lure Him In has the advantage of faring better in graded stakes runs. For the record, Lure Him In finished in the money 12 of his 19 career starts, winning four.

He finished third in the Tokyo City Cup Stakes (Grade III) in May at Santa Anita.

Breeders’ Cup veteran Robert B. Hess, Jr. trains Lure Him In for owners David A Bernsen LLC, Robert W. Anderson, Robert Fetkin, Gary Jacobs, Jeffrey Lambert, Susan B. Sawyer, and Jess Susi.

Race ten is the Pat O’Brien Stakes (Grade II), a $200,000 purse, seven-furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on another sleeper, the 8/1 underdog Brickyard Ride, ridden by top jockey Juan J. Hernandez.

This four-year-old colt finished in the money for 11 of his 17 career starts, winning eight, including the Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes (Black Type) in January, the San Carlos Stakes (Grade II) in March, and the Thor’s Echo Stakes (Black Type) in June.

Craig Anthony Lewis—who started his career in 1978—trains Brickyard Ride for owner-breeder Alfred Pais. Lewis has put Hernandez aboard Brickyard Ride for his two most recent races.

We’re switching to the turf for race eleven, a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming run for California-bred or -sired three-year-olds and upward. I like the 8/1 sleeper in this one, too: I’ll Stand Taller, ridden by ace jockey Mario Gutierrez.

This three-year-old colt moneyed three of his seven career starts, winning three. He also finished fourth in both the Silky Sullivan Stakes (Black Type) in April at Golden Gate and the Lazaro Barrera Stakes (Gr. 3) at Santa Anita in May. He’ll do.

Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup regular Doug F. O’Neill trains I’ll Stand Taller for owner-breeder Reddam Racing LLC.

Saturday’s Picks for Monmouth Park

Let’s start on the turf with race seven, a 1/16 miles allowance optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m buying a win ticket on the fourth-favored (at 5/1) Una Luna, with Nik Juarez in the irons.

This six-year-old mare finished in the money 20 of her 29 career starts, winning seven. She most notably finished second in four Black Type stakes races toward the end of 2019, including the Treasure Coast Stakes (Black Type), the In the Breeze Stakes, the Millions Filly, and Mare Turf Preview Stakes (Black Type), and the Claiming Crown Tiara Stakes.

Joseph Taylor trains Una Luna for owner Robert J. Amendola.

We’ll stay on the turf for race eleven, the Rainbow Heir Stakes—a $100,00 purse, 5-1/2 furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the second-favored (at 3/1) Grateful Bred, with Jevian Toledo aboard.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed five of his eight career starts, winning four, including his most recent race, the Meadow Stable Stakes at Colonial Downs in July.

That record gives Grateful Bred the statistical edge over the morning-line favorite.

Granted, the favorite has more graded stakes experience than Grateful Bred, but his success in those is all in the past, while Grateful Bred is still winning stakes races.

Madison F. Meyers trains Grateful Bred for owner-breeder Gordon C. Keys.

Race thirteen is the Miss Liberty Stakes, a $100,000 purse, 1-1/16 miles turf run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m sticking with the morning line on this one and buying a win ticket on the 9/5 favorite, Vigilantes Way, ridden by top jockey Paco Lopez.

This four-year-old filly moneyed ten of her 13 career starts, winning five, including the Tropical Park Oaks (Listed) at Gulfstream Park last December and the Eatontown Stakes (Grade III) at Monmouth two months ago.

Claude R. McGaughey III trains Vigilantes Way for owner-breeder Phipps Stable. McGaughey had Lopez saddle Vigilantes Way for his Eatontown Stakes victory.

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