Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, June 22, 2021

| June 22, 2021 5:59 am PDT

My favorite of the three tracks I chose for my Tuesday picks is Parx Racing, which not only offered up two ungraded stakes races but a starter handicap race with a well-hidden 6/1 underdog that looks very good for the win.

Not that the other two tracks I chose were devoid of opportunities. You’ll find a second-favored prospect at Indiana Grand Race Course, as well as two third-favored entries at Thistledown Racino.

Good luck!

My Tuesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

Beginning with race two—a six-furlong race for Indiana-bred and -sired fillies and mares three years old and upward—my money is on the 4/5 morning line favorite, Hitthefloorrunning, piloted by jockey Andres Patricio Ulloa.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money for both of her career starts, winning her initial maiden run and finishing second in her subsequent allowance race.

Hitthefloorrunning speed figures alone put her in the statistical lead in this six-horse field.

A chemical engineer who turned to train thoroughbreds nearly 30 years ago, Jeff Greenhill trains Hitthefloorrunning for Greenhill Racing Stables, Inc., which Jeff owns with his wife, Sherri. Ulloa was aboard for both of Hitthefloorrunning’s earlier runs.

For race five, one mile, and 70 yard main track run for  Indiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward, I’m betting on the second-favored (at 7/5) Wellington Wonder, ridden by Samuel E. Bermudez.

This four-year-old filly moneyed eight of her 11 career starts, winning three, which puts her in the statistical lead for this race. Among her money finishes are a first in the Indiana First Lady Stakes (Black Type) last August and a second in the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes (Black Type) last July.

Kim Hammond trains Wellington Wonder for owner/breeder Swifty Farms, Inc.

Switching to the turf course for race six, a five-furlong grass run for Indiana-bred three-year-olds and upward, I’m buying a win ticket on the 4/5 morning-line favorite, Smokin Richie, with Deshawn L. Parker aboard.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed two of his three career starts.

Larry Rivelli trains Smokin Richie for owners Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope LLC. Ravin is also Smokin Richie’s breeder. Incidentally, Deshawn Parker was in the irons for the gelding’s graduation win in May.

Tuesday Picks for Parx Racing

We start out on the turf course at Parx with race seven: The Crowd Pleaser Stakes, a 1-1/16 miles grass run for Pennsylvania-bred three-year-olds to see who gets the lion’s share of the $100,000 purse.

My money’s on the 9/5 morning-line favorite, Beren, ridden by veteran jockey Frankie Pennington.

This colt finished in the money six of his nine career starts, winning four—including his initial maiden run last September at Parx as well as the Paradise Creek Stakes (Black Type) and the Gold Fever Stakes (Listed), both at Belmont Park this past May.

Ranked in the top 100 trainers for earnings in 2020, Robert E. Reid, Jr. trains Beren for owners St. Omer’s Farm and Christopher J. Feifarek.

We’re back to the main track for race eight, a mile, and 70 yards starter handicap for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m backing the 6/1 underdog, Shero, with Silvestre Gonzalez in the irons.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money eight of her nine career starts, winning six, which puts her far and away ahead of the rest of this 12-horse field.

Robert Mosco—who’s having the best year of his decades-long career—trains Shero for owners John Lee and Charles Lo. Mosco has put Gonzalez aboard Shero for his three most recent runs (two firsts and a second).

And we move back to the turf course for race nine—the Power by Far Stakes, a five-furlong grass run for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. The purse is $100,000.

I‘m buying a win ticket on the 5/2 morning-line favorite—Caravel, ridden by top jockey Florent Geroux.

This four-year-old filly finished all seven of her career starts in the money, winning five of them, including The Very One Stakes (Listed) at Pimlico in May, as well as the Malvern Rose Stakes (Black Type) and the Lady Erie Stakes (Black Type)—both last year at Presque Isle Downs.

Owner/breeder/trainer Elizabeth M. Merryman had Florent Geroux saddle Caravel for The Very One Stakes win.

Tuesday’s Picks for Thistledown Racino

Starting with race five—a six-panel dirt track run for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m going to bet on the third-favored Dougie D Oro at 4/1.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed four of his five career starts, winning three.

His speed figures also show he has a slight edge on the favorite in this race.

Owner/Trainer Jerry S. Sparks has tapped veteran jockey Ricardo Feliciano to saddle Dougie D Oro for this run. Feliciano was aboard for the gelding’s maiden win back in October.

Race six is a one-mile main track run for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. My bet will be on the third-favored (at 7/2) Panamaniac, ridden by veteran jockey Hector Berrios.

This seven-year-old mare stands out in this six-horse field with a record of 23 money finishes in 39 career starts, 14 of them wins.

Valerie K. Shanyfelt, having the winningest year of her seven-year career, trains Panamaniac for Knights A to Z Racing LLC. Berrios has been in the irons for Panamaniac’s two most recent wins.

We’re staying on the main track for race seven—a six-furlong run for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward.

I’m laying down my two bucks for the 7/2 morning line favorite, Strike One, ridden by Malcolm Franklin.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed both of his career starts, winning his initial maiden run and placing second in his first allowance race, both at Belterra Park in May.

Ranked among the top 100 trainers for wins nine times since 2008, Timothy E. Hamm trains Strike One for Blazing Meadows Farm LLC.

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