Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, January 18, 2022

| January 17, 2022 12:48 pm PDT

Underdogs, sleepers, and long-odds surprises—I found them all at the three tracks I surveyed or my Tuesday picks—Mahoning Valley Race Course, Parx Racing, and Sunland Park.

Both Parx and Mahoning Valley yielded up a 7th-favored (is that even a thing?) sleeper, and one of those was at the sweet, sweet morning-line odds of 10/1. Sure, each track gave us one favorite to tout, but the rest were all underdogs.

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Good luck!

My Tuesday Picks for Mahoning Valley Race Course

We’re starting on the dirt track with race three, a 1-1/8 miles claiming race for four-year-old’s and upward. I like the third-favored (at 7/2) High Rolling Dude, ridden by veteran jockey Andrew R. Ramgeet.

This six-year-old gelding has the statistical lead in this evenly matched field of eight, with 30 money finishes in 46 career starts, 13 of those wins.

High Rollin Dude is trained by owner and longtime horseracing professional, Larry R. Reed. Reed has tapped Ramgeet to saddle High Rollin Dude for 11 of his 13 most recent races, resulting in one third-place finish, six seconds, and four wins.

Race six is a six-furlong allowance run on the dirt track for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won three races. My money’s on the 4/1 morning-line favorite, Joya Brillante, with Guillermo Rodriguez in the irons.

In this 14-horse field, the four-year-old filly Joya Brillante has these numbers: four money finishes in six career starts, two of those wins.

Longtime racing veteran Larry E. Smith—who topped $1 million in earnings last year—trains Joya Brillante for owner Andrew McKenzie. Incidentally, jockey Guillermo Rodriguez had a great 2021, and looks to be building on that success in 2022.

Race seven is a six-furlong claiming race on the dirt track for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three-years-old and upward that have never won three races. I like the 10/underdog, Cee Cee’s Got This, with Edgar Paucar aboard.

In an unimpressive seven-horse field like this one, this six-year-old mare has a better record than the favorite: Six money finishes in 12 career starts, two of those wins. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that her jockey is the top-rated Edgar Paucar.

Cee Cee’s Got This is trained by owner-breeder—and longtime racing veteran—Mary L. Hurley.

Tuesday Picks for Parx Racing

Let’s start on the dirt track with race seven, a seven-furlong starter optional claiming race for four-year-old’s and upward that have never won three races. I concur with the morning-line: Buy a win ticket on the 3/1 favorite, Divine Miracle, piloted by Ruben Silvera.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed four of his five career starts, winning two. Versus the rest of this nine-horse field, he’ll do.

With more than two decades in the horseracing business, Jamie Ness trains Divine Miracle for owners Morris E. Kernan Jr., Yo Berbs, and Jagger Inc.

Race eight is a 5-1/2 furlong starter optional claiming race on the dirt track for four-year-old’s and upward that have never won two races. I’m betting my two dollars on the third-favored (at 5/1) Unimpeachable, ridden by Silvestre Gonzalez.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed two of his three career starts, winning one—his initial maiden attempt last July. In a field where the range of unsuccessful maiden graduation attempts runs from eight to thirteen, Unimpeachable will do just fine.

With nearly four decades in the horseracing business, Kathleen A. Demasi trains Unimpeachable for her own Pewter Stable and for Spedale Family Racing, LLC.

Race nine is a one mile and 70 yards allowance optional claiming race on the dirt track for three-year-old’s that have never won two races. I like the 8/1 sleeper, Vine Jet, with Abner Adorno in the irons.

This three-year-old gelding has one of the best records in this ten-horse field, and also has something the others don’t: A recent money finish in a stakes race. For the record, Vine Jet moneyed four of his six career starts, winning one. He also finished in third place in last month’s Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes (Black Type) her at Parx.

John J. Dunn trains Vine Jet for owner Felissa Dunn. John Dunn has put Adorno aboard Vine Jet for his four most recent races, including his maiden victory and the stakes race money finish.

Tuesday Picks for Sunland Park

We’re on the dirt track for race three, a 4-1/2 furlong allowance race on for four-year-old’s and upward. Ignore the 6/5 favorited—that horse hasn’t raced since 2019. Instead, buy a win ticket on the second-favored (at 3/1) Raisebeforetheflop, ridden by veteran jockey Roimes Chirinos.

Todd W. Fincher trains Raisebeforetheflop for owners J. Kirk Robison and Judy Robison. Incidentally, the Robisons also own the morning-line favorite for this race, Bluegrass Faith.

Race six is a 4-1/2 furlong claiming race on the dirt track for four-year-old’s and upward. I’m going with the morning-line on this one and betting my two dollars on the 6/5 favorite, Patriot, ridden by Luis A. Fuentes.

This six-year-old finished six of his 13 career starts in the money, winning five, including his two most recent races at Zia Park. Statistically, he’s got a healthy lead in this eight-horse field.

Ranked among the top 100 trainers for wins in 2020, Casey T. Lambert trains Patriot for Rocky Carter Racing, LLC.

Race eight is a six-furlong allowance run on the dirt track for New Mexico-bred four-year-old’s and upward that have never won two races. I’m backing the 5/1 underdog, Bonfire Party, with jockey Enrique Portillo Gomez aboard.

This five-year-old gelding finished five of his seven career starts in the money, winning one.

Co-owner and twenty-year horseracing veteran Greg Green trains Bonfire Party for R. Dwain Yarbar and himself.

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