Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, August 31, 2021

| August 30, 2021 2:23 pm PDT

I found my Tuesday picks at these tracks: Indiana Grand Race Course, Parx Racing, and Thistledown Racino. There were plenty of underdogs to chose from at all three tracks, including a couple of 12/1 possibilities at Indiana Grand as well as a 5/1 sleeper at Thistledown.

Remember to check out the complete Tuesday race cards for these tracks at our recommended online racebooks.

Good luck!

Tuesday’s Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

Let’s start with race seven, a 5-1/2 furlong allowance run for Indiana-bred and -sired fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the second-favored (at 7/2) Irish Fairy, ridden by Isaiah Wiseman.

While it’s true that the morning-line favorite, Express Lady, has more experience at the starting gate, she’s only visited the winner’s circle once—just like Irish Fairy.

For the record, the four-year-old filly Irish Fairy aced her initial maiden start back in 2019, then ran fourth in an allowance race last month.

Mort Shirazi trains Irish Fairy for Stephen K. Gremmels and Joyce Shirazi.

We switch to the turf course for race eight, a five-furlong allowance optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I agree with the morning line for this race, so my bet’s on the 9/5 favorite, Shy Money, with veteran jockey Emmanuel Esquivel in the irons.

This four-year-old filly moneyed five of her six career starts, winning four, including the ungraded Shelby County Stakes in June.

Aaron M. West trains Shy Money for owner-breeder Paul King. West tapped Esquivel in to saddle Shy Money for her last three wins, including the Shelby County Stakes.

For a change of pace, race nine is a 330-yard allowance run for Indiana-bred quarter horses three years old and upward.

If Oscar Macias rides the also-eligible Zoomin Policy (at 12/1) into the starting gate, bet them to win.

This three-year-old filly moneyed three of her eight career starts, winning one—the QHRAI Stallion Auction Futurity Trial a year ago at Indiana Grand. She is trained by owner Shawna Martin.

If that doesn’t happen, then buy a win ticket on the third-favored (at 12/1) Zz Stones Ablazing, with Luz Daniel Martinez aboard. This three-year-old gelding finished in the money three of his eight starts, winning one—the Gordon Mobley Futurity Trial in July 2020. Anthony F. Cunningham trains Zz Stones Ablazing for owner Craig Zeneberg.

My Tuesday Picks for Parx Racing

We’re on the main track at Parx for race eight, a six-panel allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting all two of my dollars on the 9/2 third-favored Shesalittle Edgy, ridden by top jockey Frankie Pennington.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her twelve career starts, winning three.

Regularly top-ranked for the past two decades for wins and earnings, Scott A. Lake trains Shesalittle Edgy for owner-breeder Gumpster Stable LLC.

We move to the turf course for race nine—the Parx Dash Stakes (Grade III), a $200,000 purse, five-furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the 8/5 morning-line favorite, The Critical Way, piloted by Paco Lopez.

This seven-year-old gelding has performed well throughout his career, with 17 money finishes in 26 career starts, nine of them wins, but he’s really pulled out all the stops in 2021, winning three stakes races out of six and placing or showing in another three.

His three wins include the Turf Dash Stakes (Listed) at Tampa Bay Downs in February, the Get Serious Stakes (Black Type)at Monmouth Park in June, and the Wolf Hill Stakes (Black Type) in July, also at Monmouth. He’s posed triple-digit speed figures in five of his last six races.

Already ranked among the top winning trainers in 2020, relative newcomer Jose H. Delgado trains The Critical Way for Monster Racing Stables.

Race ten stays on the turf for a 7-1/2 furlong starter optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 3/1 morning-line favorite, Liraz, ridden by Silvestre Gonzalez.

Liraz’s advantage in this race is that her competition is even less likely to win than she is.

This four-year-old filly’s record is certainly good enough, with five money finishes in ten career starts, one of them a win, but her performance this year has not been glorious, with her two most recent races both ending in seventh-place finishes.

Imagine what records the rest of this 16-horse field must have to rank below Liraz in the statistics.

Kathleen A. DeMasi trains Liraz for Rosedown Racing Stables, LLC.

Tuesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

We’re on the main track at Thistledown for race two, a six-furlong allowance run for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money is on the 9/2 fourth-favored Texas Sugar, with Yarmarie L. Correa in the irons.

This four-year-old filly moneyed just one of her four career starts with a win of her initial maiden attempt, which puts her way ahead of her competition.

For example, the morning line favorite—Ronni’s Day—took nine stabs at her first win before finally graduating from the maiden class.

Ranked in the top 100 in wins and earnings for the past seven years, Robert M. Gorham trains Texas Sugar for Mast Thoroughbreds LLC.

Race six is a one-mile allowance run on the main track for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 5/1 fifth-favored underdog in this race—Iamgoingtoshine, with Malcolm Franklin aboard.

While several in this short field of six have better overall records than Iamgoingtoshine, her 2021 record is second-to-none: four money finishes in five starts, one of those her graduation run back in January.

Co-owner James H. McDonald trains Iamgoingtoshine for Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm, himself, and Authentic Racing, LLC. McDonald has put Franklin in the irons for Iamgoingtoshine’s last two races, resulting in two second-place finishes.

For race seven—a mile-and-70-yards allowance optional claiming main track run for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m buying a win ticket on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Over Icce, ridden by Angel Serpa.

This six-year-old gelding has been campaigned in stakes races, and his record indicates he was moderately successful: 17 money finishes in 35 career starts, with six wins. He placed second in the Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup Stakes (Black Type) at Thistledown and Tall Stack Stakes (Black Type) at Belterra Park, both in 2018.

Gary L. Johnson, who has made the top 100 every year since 2018, trains Over Icce for owner Jerry Laria.

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