Best Horse Racing Bets for Thursday, September 9, 2021
Along with one of my good ole standbys—Charles Town Races—I’m adding a couple of tracks to my favorites list: Delaware Park and Kentucky Downs.
Charles Town had some good moneymakers to bet on Thursday, but Delaware Park was overflowing with underdogs, including two sleepers (pick one) in race five alone.
And Kentucky Downs brought us a couple of stakes races with nearly a million bucks in purse money between the two.
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My Thursday Picks for Charles Town Races
We start with race two, a seven-furlong claiming run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won two races (West Virginia races excluded). I’m betting my two dollars on the second-favored (at 3/1) That Kenney Kid, ridden by top jockey Arnaldo Bocachica.
This three-year-old filly finished in the money five of her 11 career starts, winning three, including the West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) last October.
Top-ranked Jeff C. Runco trains That Kenny Kid for owners David R. Kenney and ERJ Racing, LLC.
For race four—a 4-1/2 furlong allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward—I’m going with the 9/5 morning-line favorite, Black Candy, with Gerald Almodovar in the irons.
This five-year-old gelding finished in the money for 22 of his 30 career starts, winning seven.
Regularly ranked in the top 100 for wins, Kevin S. Patterson trains Black Candy for owners Diamond Oak Stable and Jessica Williams. Patterson has tapped Almodovar to saddle Black Candy for his three most recent races, resulting in one third-place finish and two wins.
Race seven is a 4-1/2 furlong allowance run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m calling this one for the fourth-favored (at 4/1) Gandhi’s Castle, piloted by veteran jockey Christian Hiraldo.
This four-year-old filly finished in the money for 11 of her 23 career starts, winning seven. Her record this year is even better: Seven money finishes in eight starts, five of those wins.
Sherry L. Jackson—who’s having a very good year herself—trains Gandhi’s Castle for owner Devin D. Walker.
Thursday Picks for Delaware Park
We’re starting on the turf with race five, a one-mile-and-70-yards claiming run for fillies and mares that have never won three races. I’m calling this one for one of two 8/1 sleepers in this ten-horse field.
If Carol Centano is in the starting gate aboard the 8/1 also-eligible/MTO Joanie’s Sunset, then bet them to win. Trained by Tim Woolley for owner-breeder Harry Kassap LLC, this three-year-old filly moneyed two of her four career starts, both wins.
This three-year-old filly finished in the money three of her eight career starts, winning two. Andrew L. Simoff trains Destinique for owners Imaginary Stables and Glenn Ellis.
We’re still on the turf for race seven, a five-furlong allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 10/1 underdog, Showtime Cat, with Fredy Peltroche aboard.
This five-year-old gelding finished in the money 12 of his 18 career starts, winning two—both of which were in 2021. Speaking of good years, Peltroche is having his winningest year ever as a jockey.
Timothy C. Grams, who was ranked in the top 100 for wins in 2018 and 2019, trains Showtime Cat for Celtic Gold Racing LLC.
Race eight puts us back on the main track for a six-panel claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I like the third-favored (at 7/2) Judicial Mandate, piloted by Carol Cedeno.
A real standout in this short field of six, this three-year-old gelding finished in the money for three of his four career starts, winning one—his graduation victory in mid-August at Delaware Park. Also encouraging is the fact that his speed figures have improved steadily.
Michael L. Catalano, Jr., who so far is having the best year of his career, trains Judicial Mandate for owners Martin Scafidi and John Julia.
Thursday Picks for Kentucky Downs
We start on the turf for race three, a seven-furlong allowance optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward.
Be that as it may, I’m betting on the fourth-favored (at 6/1) Charles Chrome, ridden by Joel Rosario. This three-year-old gelding moneyed all four of his career starts, winning two. Notably, he finished third in the James W. Murphy Stakes (Listed) in May at Pimlico.
Newcomer J. Reeve McGaughey, who’s already establishing himself as a winner, trains Charles Chrome for Annex Racing, LLC.
Race nine is the Global Tote Juvenile Sprint Stakes, a $500,000 purse, 6-1/2 furlong turf run for two-year-olds. I’m calling this one for the second-favored Irish import, Masseto, with Tyler Gaffalione in the irons.
This colt finished in the money three of his four career starts, winning one. After his initial maiden attempt ended in victory, he went on to finish second in the Marble Hill Stakes (Grade III) in May and third in the Railway Stakes (Grade II) in June, both at The Curragh Racecourse in Ireland.
Hall of Famer Mark E. Casse trains Masseto for D. J. Stable LLC.
Race ten is the One Dreamer Stakes, a $400,000 purse, one-mile-and-70-yards turf run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m sticking with the morning-line favorite, Dominga, ridden by Florent Geroux.
This four-year-old filly moneyed eight of her 13 career starts, winning four, including the Allen “Black Cat” LaCombe Memorial Stakes (Black Type) at Fair Grounds in March of 2020. Her two most recent races—the Ellis Park Turf Stakes (Black Type) in July and the Ladies Mile Stakes (Listed) in August, ended with second-place finishes.
Breeders’ Cup veteran and 2020 Eclipse Award winner Brad H. Cox trains Dominga for Don Alberto Stable.