Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

| July 27, 2021 12:52 am PDT

You’ll find enough sure things and long-odds dreamers amongst my choices at the three tracks I looked at for my Tuesday picks: Penn National Race Course, Presque Isle Downs, and Thistledown Racino.

I found 6/1 sleepers and even a 15/1 long shot with realistic chances at the winner’s circle for Tuesday—although I had to agree with the morning line at Thistledown for all three runs.

Remember to check out all the races for these three tracks at one of the top online racebooks.

Good luck!

My Tuesday Picks for Penn National Race Course

Let’s start on the turf course with race three, a one-mile grass run for three-year-olds and upward.

I’m betting on the second-favored (at 5/1) Prized Merry, with top jockey Julio A. Hernandez aboard.

The seven-year-old gelding finished in the money for six of his 13 career starts, winning five, giving him a good statistical edge on the morning-line’s favorite.

Kathleen A. DeMasi trains Prized Merry for her own Pewter Stable, which was also this gelding’s breeder.

Race six returns us to the main track for a six-panel sprint for Pennsylvania-bred three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 6/1 sleeper, Dreamers Reward, ridden by veteran jockey David Cora.

This three-year-old gelding has moneyed two of his three career starts, breaking his maiden earlier this month.

What makes him a serious contender for the winner’s circle are his lackluster competitors in this six-horse race—the morning-line favorite, for example, has 19 money finishes in 47 start, with four wins.

Dreamers Reward is trained by owner-breeder John J. Wames. David Cora has saddled Dreamers Reward for all three of the gelding’s pro runs.

Race seven is a five-furlong main track run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 3/1 second-favored Margie’s Heaven for this race, particularly with Angel Cruz in the irons.

This four-year-old filly moneyed six of her 12 career starts, winning four. While the favorite does have a statistical advantage here, it’s hard to ignore Margie’s Heaven’s current winning streak—she’s won all of her 2021 races so far.

Demelza McMahon trains Margie’s Heaven for Sola Dei Gloria Stable. She’s had Angel Cruz in the irons for each of Margie’s Heaven’s 2021 wins.

Tuesday’s Picks for Presque Isle Downs

We’re on the all-weather track for race three, a one-mile route for three-year-olds and upward. My two dollars is on the third-favored (at 4/1) Lowcountry, ridden by top jockey Pablo Morales.

This three-year-old gelding finished in the money six of his 11 career starts, winning two, which gives him the statistical advantage over the top two morning-line faves.

It also doesn’t hurt that Morales is one of the best jockeys at Presque Isle.

Eduardo E. Rojas trains Lowcountry for Sajor Stable.

Race five is the Hard Spun Stakes, a $100,000 purse, mile-and-70-yards run on the all-weather track for Pennsylvania-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 7/5 morning-line favorite, Wait for It, with Anthony Y. Nunez aboard.

This six-year-old gelding had 20 money finishes in 29 career starts, 11 of those wins, making him the standout in this six-horse field. His most recent win was the Page McKenney Handicap (Black Type) at Parx Racing in April.

His other stakes wins include the Hard Spun Stakes (Black Type) last October at Presque Isle and the Storm Cat Stakes (Black Type) at Parx last September.

Edward J. Coletti, Jr. trains Wait for It for Uptowncharlybrown Stud LLC. Coletti had Nunez in the irons for Wait for It’s Page McKenney Handicap win as well as the Storm Cat Stakes victory.

For race seven—a six-furlong all-weather track run for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m betting on the only horse in this race to have won a race this year—the 15/1 longshot, Lil H.

This four-year-old filly moneyed three of her 14 career starts, winning one with her maiden victory in January 2021.

Not a great record, to be sure, but compare it to the morning-line favorite’s record: nine money finishes in 16 starts, with one win (in September 2019).

The rest of this eight-horse field presents equally unimpressive stats, so we might also bet on the horse that offers the highest ROI.

Scott Sweazey trains Lil H for owner Joshua Hay. He’s tapped Kris Fox to saddle Lil H for this run.

Tuesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

We start with race four, a six-furlong main track run for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward. I like how the morning-line thinks here, so I’m buying a win ticket on the 5/2 favorite, Wolfine, ridden by veteran jockey Erik Barbaran.

This four-year-old colt won his single career start, which gives him an enviable record versus that of the second-favored: one win in nine career starts, with six money finishes.

I don’t know about you, but I tend not to want to bet horses to win that fail to graduate from the maiden class in their first eight attempts. Maybe that’s just me.

Odin J. Londono, Jr. trains Wolfine for owner Michelle Winters. And yes, Londono had Barbaran in the irons for Wolfine’s maiden victory.

Race six is a six-furlong main track sprint for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Pulpit’s Purrfect.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money 15 of her 20 career starts, winning seven. In this six-horse field, she’ll do.

With seven career starts under his belt as a trainer, owner Khadeem Galloway has tapped jockey Malcolm Franklin to ride Pulpit’s Puurfect for this race.

In race seven—a six-panel main track sprint for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m going with the 5/2 morning-line favorite in this race: To Win, jockeyed by rising star Yarmarie L. Correa.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed seven of his 17 career starts, winning one.

Not hugely convincing until you notice that his most recent start (in June) resulted in a second-place finish in the Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup Stakes at Thistledown.
Jason DaCosta trains To Win for owner Edwin Mundo.
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