Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, June 29, 2021

| June 29, 2021 3:18 am PDT

I’m going with Indiana Grand Race Course, Louisiana Downs, and Mountaineer Racetrack for my Tuesday picks. I found myself agreeing with the morning line for just one race at each of the three tracks, with all the rest of my choices coming mostly from the second and third ranks—and I even found a fourth-favored prospect at Indiana Grand.

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Good luck!

Tuesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

I’m starting with race two, a mile, and 70 yard main track run for Indiana-bred and -sired three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the fourth-favored (at 9/2) Rockin All Night.

This three-year-old gelding finished in the money four of his eight career starts, winning one—his initial maiden run. He late placed second in the Crown Ambassador Stakes (Black Type) and third in the Indiana Futurity (Black Type), both at Indiana Grand.

Rockin All Night is trained by owner/breeder Gary Patrick, who has tapped veteran jockey Orlando Mojica, for this six-horse run.

We switch to the turf course for race five, a 1-1/16 miles grass run for three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the second-favored (at 5/2) Jolting Joe, with Santo Sanjur in the irons.

This four-year-old colt moneyed nine of his 13 career starts, winning one. His first win was the New York Stallion Series Stakes (Black Type) last August at Saratoga.

He’s come in second place, too, in both the Armed Forces Stakes (Black Type) in 2019 and the Showing Up Stakes (Black Type) last November. He’ll have to do.

Top-ranked Michael J. Maker trains Jolting Joe for Skychai Racing LLC.

We’re back on the main track for race six, a six-panel dirt run for three-year-olds and upward. I agree with the morning line here and bet the 7/5 favorite, Air Show, ridden by Deshawn Parker.

This three-year-old colt moneyed four of his five career starts, winning one. His speed figures have been consistently high throughout his fledgling career.

Thomas M. Amoss—who’s taken horses to money finishes in the Preakness as well as numerous Breeders’ Cups—trains Air Show for Vested Interest Racing.

Tuesday’s Picks for Louisiana Downs

Starting on the turf with race one, a five-furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward, I’m betting on the third-favored Let It B at 5/1.

This three-year-old gelding had four money finishes in his eight career starts, with three of them wins.

Sarah Delaney, who trains Let It Be for her own BMS Racing Stable, is putting Alexander Castillo in the irons for this run.

To the main track, we go for race five, a mile, and 70 yards dirt run for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 8/5 morning-line favorite, Social Misfit, the second half of the 1/1A coupled entry.

This 12-year-old gelding moneyed 58 of his 98 career starts, winning 27.

Incidentally, don’t expect any lagniappe from Looking for Bull, the first half of this coupled entry. He’s won five races in his 40-run career, managing to money in a total of 18.

Ranked among the top 100 trainers for wins in 2019 and 2020, Isai V. Gonzalez trains Social Misfit for his brother, Adriel Gonzalez.

Isai has tapped Joel Dominguez to saddle Social Misfit for this run.

Back on the turf for race six—a one-mile run for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting my two dollars on the third-favored Budro Talking at 4/1.

This six-year-old gelding finished in the money 12 of his 27 career starts, winning eight. Among those wins are the Sunday Silence Stakes (Black Type) in 2017 and the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic Stakes (Black Type) last September.

Relative newcomer Keith A. Austin trains Budro Talking for owner Jack Randall. Austin has Odilon Martinez—who’s having the best year of his career—saddling Budro Talking for this run.

My Tuesday Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack

We start on the turf course for race one; a five-furlong grass run three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the third-favored (at 4/1) Timeless Bounty, with Ricardo Mejias in the irons.

This three-year-old colt moneyed five of his six career starts, winning two, giving him the best overall chances in this nine-horse field.

James R. Jackson trains Timeless Bounty for owner-breeder Elkhorn Oaks, Inc. He also had Ricardo Mejias in the irons for Timeless Bounty’s most recent win (early June). A relative newcomer to the profession, Mejias rode Dean Martini to victory in the Ohio Derby (Grade III) last September at Remington Park.

Race two is a one-mile grass run for three-year-olds and upward. I‘m betting on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Kitten’s Man, ridden by Charle Oliveros.

This four-year-old colt finished in the money eight of his 15 career starts, winning three—giving him the statistical lead in this rather lackluster nine-horse field.

Ted W. Lucas trains Kitten’s Man for owner-breeder Kathy Thomas. Lucas has put Oliveros in the irons for all three of Kitten’s Man’s victories.

We’re back on the main track for race seven, a six-panel dirt run for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m calling this race for the third-favored (at 4/1) Ultra Diva, ridden by veteran jockey Luis Raul Rivera.

This four-year-old filly had money finishes in eight of her nine career starts, winning one.

While the morning-line favorite has a slight edge (one win in seven starts), it’s Ultra Diva who’s positioned herself more regularly in the money slots.

She’s also got a more experienced jockey aboard for the run; Ultra Diva is trained by owner-breeder Michael Baird.

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