Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, August 17, 2021

| August 16, 2021 1:34 pm PDT

I found plenty of pleasant surprises while searching for my Tuesday picks.

Indiana Grand Race Course was pretty standard, yielding up a favorite and a couple of second-favored prospects for our wagering entertainment. And then, when I took a look at my selected races at Mountaineer Racetrack, I found an 8/1 sleeper among the favorites.

As I was patting myself on the back for that discovery, I was confronted with three 6/1 sleepers at Presque Isle Downs, each one just begging for a win bet. I was happy to oblige.

Just remember that you can take a look at the full race cards of all three tracks at one of our best online racebooks.

Good luck!

Tuesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

Let’s start with race four, a six-furlong allowance run for Indiana-breds three years old and upward. My win ticket here is on the 6/5 morning-line favorite, Vice Cop, ridden by veteran jockey Marcelino Pedroza.

This three-year-old gelding finished in the money three of his five career starts, winning two, which puts him miles ahead of the rest of this lackluster six-horse field.

Randy Matthews trains Vice Cop for Patrick D. Donahoe and Donald Donahoe.

We’re on the turf for race five; a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the second-favored (at 5/2) Quality Step, with Marcelino Pedroza in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed 19 of his 32 career starts, winning seven.

He posted triple-digit speed figures in three of his four most recent races. Even if the also-eligible/MTO Truculent (also at 5/2 M/L odds) winds up in this race, I don’t see him besting Quality Step.

Keith Nations, a multiple graded stakes winner, trains Quality Step for Nation’s Racing Stable LLC.

We’re back on the main track for race six, a six-panel allowance run for Indiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on 5/2 underdog, Thedevilsalgorithm, with Gregory Romero aboard.

This four-year-old gelding won his single career start just a couple of weeks ago, posting a speed figure superior to those of his competitors in this nine-horse field. And yes, Gregory Romero was in the irons for that maiden victory.

John L. Langemeier trains Thedevilsalgorithm for owner-breeder Spooky Hollow Racing, Inc.

My Tuesday Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack

We’re on the turf course for race one, a seven-furlong claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. I agree with the morning line and betting on the 3/1 favorite, Distortedatthebar, ridden by Yarmarie L. Correa.

The seven-year-old gelding finished in the money 21 of his 34 career starts, winning 11. That puts him at the head of the class in this ten-horse field.

Distortedatthebar is trained by owner Robert C. Cline.

By the way, you might also want to take a look at the 6/1 underdog, Chatterman, with Joe Musarro aboard. This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 28 of his 43 starts, winning 13. Trained by owner Terry L. Boyd, Chatterman looks worth a show ticket if not an across-the-board.

For race two—a one-mile claiming race on the turf for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m backing the 8/1 sleeper, Act Like a Lady, piloted by Joe Musarro.

This four-year-old filly moneyed ten of her 17 career starts, winning four—gives her a statistical edge over on the morning-line favorite.

Act Like a Lady is trained by owner Jay P. Bernardini, a top-ranked winner in his profession for five of the last six years.

Race seven takes us back to the main track for a five-furlong allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m sticking with the 1/1 morning-line favorite here, Dichotomy, ridden by top jockey Angel I. Diaz.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money 12 of her 27 career starts, winning six. In this seven-horse-field, that’s star quality.

Edwin Vizcarrondo trains Dichotomy for El Du-ra-ko Racing.

Tuesday’s Picks for Presque Isle Downs

We start on the all-weather track with race two, a 6-1/2 furlong allowance race for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 6/1 sleeper, Straight Madness, with Addiel J. Ayala in the irons.

This five-year-old mare moneyed 18 of her 39 career starts, winning eight. Yes, I’m aware that she hasn’t won a race this year, but then, neither has Brooklyns Surprise, the morning-line favorite. Yep, this is one of those kinds of races.

Joseph J. Graci, III trains Straight Madness for Little Saint Stable.

Race six is a six-panel allowance race on the all-weather track for three-year-olds and upward. My bet’s on the 6/1 sleeper Ribbons and Medals, with veteran jockey Huber Villa-Gomez in the irons.

This four-year-old gelding has a solid statistical lead in this nine-horse field, with five money finishes in nine career starts, three of them wins. Even better, those are all this year.

William N. Martin trains Ribbons and Medals for owners Martin Brothers, Inc. and The Unstable, LLC.

For race seven, a six-furlong starter allowance race for three-year-olds and upward on the all-weather track, I’m buying a win ticket on the 6/1 sleeper, Stevis Man, ridden by Walber Alencar.

This eleven-year-old gelding finished had money finishes in  35 of his 60 career starts, and 24 of those money finishes were wins. You have to love a horse that knows where the winners’ circle is.

Shelly R. Radosevich trains Stevis Man for owner JSR Stables, Inc.

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