Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, September 23, 2020

| September 23, 2020 1:18 am PDT

Of the three tracks I chose to assess for Wednesday, Churchill Downs was a surprising disappointment—as far as underdogs and longshots are concerned, anyway. And Louisiana Downs was also a surprise—for exactly the opposite reason.

While I found myself agreeing with the morning line on all three races at Churchill Downs, I discovered two underdogs and a multitude of longshot moneymakers at Louisiana Downs.

And Indiana Grand Race Course stepped up, as well. I found two underdogs and an interesting either/or situation in value bets there.

Remember that while I cover the richest races at the tracks I survey, you can always find each track’s full race-card at one of the top online racebooks.

Read on for the summary of my predictions, picks, and tips for all three tracks today.

Good luck!

My Picks for Churchill Downs Today

  • Race 5: Pick Up the Fone 5/2 (win)
  • Race 6: Wild Combo 2/1 (win)
  • Race 8: Set Piece 8/5 (win)
  • Race 8: Imperador 12/1 (show)

As you can see, the morning line and I were separated at birth, apparently. Still, a win is a win, even if it’s not at long odds. Speaking of which, I did find a 12/1 value bet in race 8.

Wednesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

  • Race 5: Nutcracker Ballet 4/1 (win)
  • Race 7: Five Star Colonel 5/2 (win)
  • Race 8: Silver N Lai 4/1 (win)
  • Race 8: Rancho Bargo (also-eligible) 30/1 (show)
  • Race 8: Morning Social 12/1 (show)

I disagreed with the morning line for Indiana Grand in both race 5 and race 7, picking the third-favored in former, and the second-favored in the latter.

Not only that, but if the also-eligible Rancho Bargo actually joins race 8, we have ourselves a real live 30/1 longshot to wager on. If that doesn’t happen, there’s a 12/1 in race 8 that could also give us an ROI.

Best Bets at Louisiana Downs for Wednesday

  • Race 2: Champagnerie 8/1 (win)
  • Race 2: Nancy’s Rescue 12/1 (show)
  • Race 6: Grand Isle Girl 7/2 (win)
  • Race 6: Smittys Eyecandy 15/1 (show)
  • Race 7: Silver Galaxy 3/1 (win)
  • Race 7: Donna’s Court 30/1 (show)

Louisiana Downs has something for everyone today. I agreed with the morning line once (race 7) but picked the fourth-favored in race 2 and the second-favored in race 6 for my win tickets. I also found longer-odds value show bets in all three races, from the 12/1 in race 2 to the legitimate 30/1 longshot in race 7. It will be a good day.

J.W. Paine

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