Best Horse Racing Bets for Thursday, June 10, 2021
I mix it up for my Thursday picks and choose three races from each of these tracks: Charles Town Races, Evangeline Downs, and Golden Gate Fields.
You’ll probably notice right away that I couldn’t escape the morning line’s logic at Charles Town Races. Still, I was not so easily swayed at Evangeline and Golden Gate, so we’ve got some good longer-odds investments to consider at those two tracks.
Thursday’s Picks for Charles Town Races
We start with race two, a 4-1/2 furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward. I have to go with the 9/5 morning line favorite, Bourbon Street.
This four-year-old gelding finished in the money 11 of his 20 career starts, winning four. Oddly enough, the second-favored entry has an identical starting record, but Bourbon Street has an edge here—frankly speaking, his connections.
Ranked among the top 100 trainers in 2020 for both wins and earnings, Anthony Farrior trains Bourbon Street for owner James C. Wolf. Farrior has tapped veteran jockey Arnaldo Bocachica for this ride. Bocachica was aboard for Bourbon Street’s last two races, winning the most recent.
In race six—a 4-1/2 furlong main track run for West Virginia-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m buying a win ticket on the 2/1 morning line favorite, Nico, ridden by Antonio Lopez.
Nico, a four-year-old colt, is far and away the horse to beat: Six money finishes in six career starts, with two wins.
His other four runs—all second-place finishes—included the 2019 West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) and the 2019 Henry Mercer Memorial Stakes (Black Type).
Javier Contreras trains Nico for owner/breeder O’Sullivan Farms LLC.
Race seven is a seven-panel main track sprint for West Virginia-bred three-year-olds and upward. Once again, I’m backing the morning line favorite, in this case, the 5/2 Fiber Strong, ridden by Arnaldo Bocachica.
This three-year-old gelding moneyed three of his five career starts, winning one—the same record as his nearest competitor, the 3/1 second-favored Freedom Rider. Fiber Strong has a decided advantage in terms of speed, while Freedom Rider has the advantage of his jockey’s seven-pound apprentice allowance. It could be tight, but I believe Fiber Strong will hit the wire first.
Jeff C. Runco trains Fiber Strong for owners Lawrence J. Pascal and Philip Arthur Harding, Sr. Runco has had Bocachica aboard for all three of Fiber Strong’s money finishes.
My Thursday Picks for Evangeline Downs
We start out on the turf for race one, a five-furlong sprint for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the fourth-favored (at 9/2) American Rebel, with Diego Saenz in the irons.
This four-year-old filly moneyed five of her 12 career starts, winning one. Not grand, I’ll admit, but she has both the speed figures and the recent workout times to prove she can outrun the rest of this seven-horse field.
Breaux has had Saenz in the irons for American Rebel’s most recent two races.
We move back to the main track for race four, a 6-1/2 furlong run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m backing the second-favored Disapproval at 3/1.
This six-year-old gelding finished in the money 12 of his 27 career starts, winning three; if we take a look at just his 2021 performance, the picture brightens: Four money finishes in seven starts, with one win. In either case, he looks good enough to finish ahead of the rest of this field.
Top-ranked Karl Broberg trains Disapproval for owner End Zone Athletics, Inc. Broberg has Timothy Thornton aboard for this run; he was also in the irons to help Disapproval finish first in his most recent race (May 29).
Race seven is a five-furlong turf run for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the 9/5 morning line favorite, My Amigo Charlie.
This four-year-old gelding moneyed four of his seven career starts, winning one—which puts him in the statistical lead in this seven-horse field.
Andrea Ancil Ali trains for owner/breeder Israel Flores Horses, LLC, and she’s already taken one of his horses—Pound for Pound—to a Black Type victory in the 2019 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds Race Course. Ali has tapped Roberto Morales to fill the irons for this run.
Thursday Picks for Golden Gate Fields
Starting with race two—a six-furlong sprint on the all-weather track for three-year-old fillies—I’m betting on the second-favored (at 2/1) Slew of Fashion.
This filly finished in the money four of her six career starts, winning two.
Co-owner Greg C. James trains Slew of Fashion for himself and partner Roger Wynn. James is putting Armando Ayuso in the irons for this run. For his own part, Ayuso has been aboard for Slew of Fashion’s last five races, including both of his wins.
We move to the turf course for race three, a one-mile run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. This is going to be a very tight race between the morning line’s top two picks—the 6/5 fave Seaside Dancer and the 7/5 second-favored Music Babe. Neither of these horses would be a surprise at the winner’s circle.
Still, my money is on the favorite, Seaside Dancer, ridden for this race by Kyle Frey. This five-year-old mare finished in the money 13 of her 23 career starts, winning six.
Top-ranked in both wins and earnings for the last three years, Jonathan Wong trains Seaside Dancer for Rockingham Ranch.
In race six—a one-mile run on the all-weather track for three-year-olds and upward—I’m backing the second-favored (3/1) Counting Cards.
This four-year-old gelding moneyed four of his five career starts, winning one. His solid speed figures and good times in recent workouts are also very convincing.
Longtime Golden Gate Fields veteran Steve M. Sherman trains Counting Cards for owners Drew Coombs and Rulon Rodda. Sherman has tapped Kyle Frey to saddle Counting Cards for this run. Frey has been Counting Cards’ most successful jockey and was in the irons when the gelding broke his maiden in March.