Best Horse Racing Bets for Thursday, November 11, 2021

| November 10, 2021 1:21 pm PDT

Of the three tracks I selected for my Thursday picks—Aqueduct Racetrack, Charles Town Races, and Remington Park—I found only a single race where I agreed with the morning-line’s SWAG.

That means higher odds on our bets, which—with fair seas and following winds—equals fatter bankrolls.

Be that as it may, remember to check out the full race-cards for my selected tracks at one of our top horseracing wagering sites.

Good luck!

Thursday’s Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack

We start on the turf course with race three, a one mile claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the 9/2 underdog, Kreesie, piloted by Dylan Davis.

Yes, I agree that Candy Flower, the morning-line favorite, looks better statistically, but I don’t see Candy Flower racing again so soon after her third-place finish in the Zagora Stakes (Black Type) at Belmont Park on November 7th.

So, Kressie’s my bet. This six-year-old mare moneyed 16 of her 30 career starts, winning five. More importantly, she’s remained consistent with her speed figures throughout her career.

Also, 2021 has seen her finish in the money three times in five starts, posting a win in June—current stats that put her at the top of the list for this race.

Thomas Morley trains Kreesie for Rainbow’s End Racing Stable LLC.

Race five keeps us on the turf for a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming run for New York-bred three-year-olds and upward. If Irad Ortiz, Jr. enters the starting gate aboard the 6/5 favorite, Graded On a Curve, then bet them to win.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money for nine of his eleven career starts, winning four. He’s trained by Breeders’ Cup veteran Chad C. Brown for Klaravich Stables, Inc.

If that doesn’t happen, then put your money down on the 8/1 underdog, Danzigwiththestars, ridden by Luis Saez.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed four of his eight career starts, winning two. He’s trained by twenty-year racing veteran Domenick L. Schettino for owner Michael Imperio.

Race eight is a 1-1/8-mile allowance run on the turf course for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 4/1 underdog, Regal Speaker, with Jose Lezcano in the irons.

This four-year-old colt finished six of his eleven career starts in the money, winning five, including his two most recent races at Belmont Park.

Ranked in the top 100 in earnings for the past five years, Danny Gargan trains Regal Speaker for owner Ricky Koehler.

My Thursday Picks for Charles Town Races

We’re starting on the main track for race one, a seven-furlong allowance race for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares that have never won three races.

I like the 5/1 underdog, Bronze Diva, ridden by Carlos Marrero.

This four-year-old filly moneyed four of her six career starts, winning two, making her the standout in this otherwise unimpressive short field of six.

Stacey R. Viands trains Bronze Diva for owner Melinda B. Golden.

Race three is a seven-furlong allowance run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m calling this one for the second favored (at 4/1) Moonlit Shadow, ridden by Fredy Peltroche.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her ten career starts, with three wins. Notably, she finished second in the West Virginia Tourism Office Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) at Charles Town in October. Versus her competition in this eight-horse field, she’ll do.

Timothy C. Grams trains Moonlit Shadow for his own Grams Racing Stable LLC. He and his wife, Judy, are Moonlit Shadow’s breeders. Peltroche has saddled Moonlit Shadow for her last six races.

Race seven is a 4-1/2-furlong allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races.

I’m betting my two dollars on the 4/1 underdog, Fiber Strong, and not just because top jockey Arnaldo Bocachica is in the irons.

This three-year-old gelding is already in the statistical lead of this ten-horse field: Five money finishes in nine career starts, three of the wins.

With forty-plus years in the racing business, Jeff C. Runco trains Fiber Strong for owners Lawrence J. Pascal and Philip Arthur Harding, Sr. Runco has tapped Bocachica to saddle Fiber Strong for his last two races.

Thursday Picks for Remington Park

Let’s start on the main track with race two, a one-mile allowance run for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward.

I’m buying a win ticket on the third-favored (at 4/1) Taylor’s Vision, piloted by Lane J. Luzzi.

Frankly, none of the entries in this eight-horse field are impressive, but Taylor’s Vision has the advantage of having put herself in the money more regularly than any of her competition.

The three-year-old filly has moneyed nine of her ten career starts, winning one.

Kevin G. Scholl trains Taylor’s Vision for owners Jeffrey L. Puryear and Julie Puryear. Scholl has put Luzzi in the irons for Taylor’s Vision’s two most recent races.

Race four is a one-mile and 70 yards claiming race on the main track for three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races. I’m betting on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Sky Jumper, with veteran jockey Stewart Elliott aboard.

Trained by owner Dick Cappellucci, Sky Jumper is the obvious choice in this race. The five-year-old gelding finished in the money six of his nine career starts, winning two.

That’s enough evidence that he can easily hit the wire ahead of the rest of this seven-horse field.

Let’s switch to the turf course for race nine, a 7-1/2-furlong allowance run for three-year-olds and upward.

If jockey Weston Hamilton rides the 4/1 also eligible/MTO underdog King Ford into the starting gate, bet them to win. Trained by Tim Dixon for owner Stan Grizzle, this five-year-old gelding moneyed 12 of his 19 career starts, winning four.

However, if that doesn’t happen, then put your two dollars down on the 8/1 sleeper, Whiskey Not Wine, with Weston Hamilton aboard.

This three-year-old gelding finished in the money for eight of his ten career starts, winning one. Without King Ford in this race, that makes Whiskey Not Wine a real contender.

Long story short – bet whichever horse Weston Hamilton rides to win.

Regularly ranked among the top 100 in annual wins since 2005, Frank Lucarelli trains Whiskey Not Wine for owner Doug Walker.

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