Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, August 10, 2021

| August 10, 2021 6:33 am PDT

Louisiana Downs, Penn National Race Course, and Thistledown Racino were my chosen tracks for Tuesday’s picks. There are underdogs aplenty in my picks, including a fourth-favored (at 10/1) at Louisiana Downs and a fifth-favored (at 5/1) at Thistledown.

Remember to check out the other races on the cards for all three tracks at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Good luck!

Tuesday’s Picks for Louisiana Downs

I’ll start with race three, a 7-1/2 claiming race on the turf course for three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the 7/2 third-favored Sharpendup, ridden by Jorge Guzman.

This nine-year-old gelding finished in the money 17 of his 32 career starts, winning ten, which puts him in the statistical lead among this aging but tightly-matched 11-horse field.

It’s worth noting that his speed figures have remained consistently high throughout his career.

Sharpendup is trained by owner Justin Jeansonne.

Race five is a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming run on turf for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. I like the 7/2 second-favored Cabo’s Rumor, with Emanuel Nieves in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed 16 of his six career starts, winning seven. He had moderate success early on campaigning in stakes races, winning the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) and placing in the Sunday Silence Stakes (Black Type), both in 2018 and both at Louisiana Downs.

Gary J. Husak trains Cabo’s Rumor for owner Robert L. Persons. Husak also tapped Nieves to saddle Cabo’s Rumor for his most recent win.

We’re back on the main track for race six, a six-furlong allowance race for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m calling this race for one of the fourth-favored underdogs (there are three at 10/1) in this race: Chatain’s Gift, with Odilon Martinez aboard.

This four-year-old filly moneyed both of her career starts, placing in her first maiden attempt and then winning her second.

Jorge Lara trains Chatain’s Gift for owner Chrystal Lacomb. Incidentally, jockey Odilon Martinez is showing marked improvement this year in both his wins and his WPS statistics.

Tuesday Picks for Penn National Race Course

We’re on the main track for race four at Penn National, a six-panel allowance run for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Secret Banker, ridden by top jockey Jaime Rodriguez.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money two of her three career starts, winning one. She’ll see some tough competition from the rest of this seven-horse field, but she’ll do.

Jamie Ness trains Secret Banker for owner-breeder Norman Stables, LLC. Ness has been ranked annually among the top 100 trainers for both wins and earnings for the last 13 years.

Race five is a six-furlong main track claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m buying a win ticket on the second-favored (at 3/1) Jebologist, with veteran jockey Julio A. Hernandez aboard.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed eight of his 14 career starts, winning two.

Mark V. Salvaggio trains Jebologist for owner Jeffrey W. Parthemore.

For race six—a six-panel allowance optional claiming sprint for Pennsylvania-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m backing the 9/5 morning-line favorite, Literally, ridden by Angel R. Rodriguez.

This four-year-old gelding has finished in the money five of his nine career starts, winning four of them. He’s currently on a three-win streak at Penn National. And yes, Angel Rodriguez has been in the irons for all three of those wins.

There are some serious, solid competitors in this seven-horse field, but I don’t see anything to equal this team.

Erin C. McClellan trains Literally for owner Tom Coulter.

My Tuesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

We start on the main track for race five, a 5-1/2 furlong allowance race for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward. My bet is on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Tide Rising, piloted by veteran jockey Christian P. Pilares.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed eight of his 13 career starts, winning one. In this lackluster seven-horse field, that makes Tide Rising a real standout.

Co-owner and Robert M. Gorham, who’s been in the top 100 for wins nearly every year since 2002, trains Tide Rising for himself and his sister, Marion F. Gorham. Christian Pilares has saddled Tide Rising for all of his money finishes, including his maiden graduation in January.

In race six—a 5-1/2 furlong starter optional claiming run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m betting on the 5/1 underdog, Templement, with veteran jockey Erik Barbaran in the irons.

This four-year-old filly has finished in the money for 18 of her 26 career starts, winning ten of them.

That makes her more consistently successful than the morning-line favorite—and she’ll need every bit of that consistency to emerge victorious in this very tightly matched six-horse field.

Nestor Rivera trains Templement for owner Michael J. Friedman.

Race seven is a 5-1/2 furlong allowance race on the main track for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the 7/2 second-favored Masterofthehounds, ridden by Jose A. Bracho.

This three-year-old gelding won his single career start, announcing his presence with authority (as they say) with a six-length lead as he crossed the wire.

Ranked in the top 100 for wins in 2020 and 2019, Richard Zielinski trains Masterofthehounds for owners-breeders W. John Bourke and Lowell F. Allen.

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