Best Horse Racing Bets for Thursday, July 22, 2021

| July 22, 2021 6:45 am PDT

My chosen tracks for Thursday—Charles Town Races, Evangeline Downs, and Indiana Grand Race Course—had plenty of underdogs for us to cheer on, including two 8/1 sleepers—one at Charles Town and the other at Indiana Grand.

Don’t forget to check out the full race cards at all three tracks with a visit to one of the top horse racing betting sites.

Good luck!

Thursday Picks for Charles Town Races

Let’s start with race five, a 4-1/2 furlong main track run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 8/1 sleeper, Martha’s Banner, with ace jockey Jose Montano in the irons.

This five-year-old mare moneyed six of her nine career starts, winning three, which gives her the statistical lead in this ten-horse field—and her speed figures compare favorably to those of the favorite, as well.

Crystal G. Pickett trains Martha’s Banner for FTF Racing LLC. Pickett tapped Montano to ride for Martha’s Banner’s last three money finishes.

For race six—a 6-1/2 furlong main track sprint for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting my two dollars on the second-favored (at 3/1) Youthinkthatsfunny, ridden by Reshawn Latchman.

This three-year-old gelding finished in the money seven of his eight career starts, winning four, including the West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) and the West Virginia Futurity (Black Type)—both last October at Charles Town. He also finished second in the Henry Mercer Memorial Stakes (Black Type) the previous month.

Youthinkthatsfunny is trained by owner-breeder John D. McKee, who has put Latchman in the irons for every one of Youthinkthatsfunny’s eight races.

Race seven is a seven-furlong sprint for West Virginia-bred three-year-olds and upward, and I’m calling this one for the second-favored (at 3/1) Freedom Rider, piloted by top jockey Arnaldo Bocachica.

This three-year-old colt moneyed five of his seven career starts, winning one.

Ranked annually among the top 100 of his profession for the past two decades, Jeff C. Runco trains Freedom Rider for owner David M. Raim.

My Thursday Picks for Evangeline Downs

We’ll start on the turf course with race three, a five-furlong grass run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, G’s Squeeze, ridden by veteran jockey Diego Saenz.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money four of her six career starts, winning two. She’s moneyed all four of her 2021 races.

Ron Faucheux trains G’s Squeeze for owner Daniel W. Dantin. Faucheux has tapped Saez to saddle G’s Squeeze for her two most recent races, a win and a second.

Back on the main track for race six—a one-miler for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m inclined to wager on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, P T’s Flash, with Timothy Thornton aboard.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed two of his three career starts, winning one. While I see this race as a tight competition between P T’s Flash and the fourth-favored The Thimble, the stats say P T’s Flash will prevail.

Sam B. David, Jr. trains P T’s Flash for Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC. He put Thornton in the irons for P T’s Flash’s maiden victory.

Race seven takes us right back to the turf course for a one-mile grass run for three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the third-favored (at 7/2) Jaci’s Royalty, ridden by Timothy Thornton.

This four-year-old gelding had five money finishes in his nine career starts, winning four—which puts him statistically ahead of Peacock Kitten, the morning-line favorite.

Yes, I know Peacock Kitten most recently won the John Henry Stakes (Black Type), but he hasn’t posted a triple-digit speed figure since 2019, while Jaci’s Royalty has done so as recently as April.

Cortland Harrison trains Jaci’s Royalty for Bienvenu Racing. It’s fair to point out that Jaci’s Royalty has had an uneven career so far, but he seems to be getting it together, and it doesn’t hurt that Harrison has tapped a veteran like Timothy Thornton for this ride.

Thursday’s Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

We’re on the main track at Indiana Grand for race five, a mile-and-70-yards dirt run for Indiana-bred three-year-olds and upwards. My two dollars is on the 8/1 sleeper, Rooster, ridden by veteran jockey Santo Sanjur.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed 12 of his 27 career starts, winning seven, including the ITOBA Stallion Season Stakes at Indiana Grand back in 2019. Don’t scoff—the favorite’s last money finish in a stakes race was a third back in 2017.

Rooster is trained by owner Erin Thompson.

We move to the turf course for race six, a five-furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward. I like the 8/5 morning-line favorite, Floroplus, with jockey Samuel E. Bermudez aboard.

This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 13 of his 23 career starts, winning nine. This puts him far ahead in a statistics comparison of this nine-horse field.

Regularly ranked among the top trainers over the past two decades, Kim Hammond handles Floroplus for Small Town Paddock. Hammond tapped Bermudez to saddle Floroplus for all five of his 2021 starts, three of which resulted in trips to the winner’s circle.

We’ll stay on the turf for race seven—a one-miler for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

You would think that a race where the morning line puts half of the 14-horse field at 8/1 would yield us a sleeper or two. You would be wrong.

But let’s not weep over lost opportunities. Instead, let’s bet on the most likely victor here—the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Nostalgia, ridden by veteran jockey Deshawn L. Parker.

Top-ranked Thomas M. Amoss, who has taken horses to the Preakness and numerous Breeders’ Cups stakes races, trains Nostalgia for owner Maggi Moss.

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