Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, June 8, 2021

| June 8, 2021 5:19 am PDT

I found a lot to like at Louisiana Downs, Mountaineer Racetrack, and Penn National Race Course for my Tuesday racing picks. There were plenty of underdogs at all three courses, and I only had to back the morning line favorite once at each track. Winning!

Remember that you will find the full race-card for each track – including the horses, jockeys, morning-line odds, and wagering options – at any of the best horseracing wagering sites.

Good luck!

Tuesday’s Picks for Louisiana Downs

Starting with race one—a one-mile turf run for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I have to disagree with the morning line here and bet my money on the fourth-favored (at 5/1) Lil Hot Toddy.

This three-year-old filly has the best record in this six-horse field: Three money finishes in five starts, one of them a win.

Sure, the five-year-old M/L favorite has experience on her side, but I’m not sure one win out of 23 career starts represents the sort of experience we should prefer in a thoroughbred.

Trained by Jorge Lara for Terrell Jarrett Jr., Lil Hot Toddy will be ridden in this race by Odilon Martinez.

Still, on the turf, race four is a 7-1/2 furlong run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the third-favored Got Fashion at 4/1, with Carlos Lozada in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money five of his 12 career starts, winning one, and has shown better workout times than the morning-line favorite.

Track veteran Errol Meyers trains Got Fashion for owner/breeder Gil Masters. Incidentally, Carlos Lozada has been aboard for most of Got Fashion’s recent runs.

Moving back to the main track for race six—a 6-1/2 furlong sprint for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward—my win ticket is on the 8/5 morning line favorite, Crescentcitypretty.

Ridden by top jockey Joel Dominguez for this race, this five-year-old mare moneyed eight of her 12 career starts, winning three—one of which was the 2019 Azalea Stakes (Black Type) at Delta Downs. She’s in the statistical lead in this six-horse field.

Crescentcitypretty is trained by Jose M. Camejo for Brittlyn Stable, Inc.

My Tuesday Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack

We start on the turf for race two at Mountaineer—a seven-panel grass sprint for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the second-favored (3/1) Petrichor, with Guillermo Rodriguez aboard.

Petrichor, a five-year-old mare trained by Neil R. Morris for Pathfinder Racing, finished in the money for two of her four career starts, both of those wins. Morris had Rodriguez in the irons for Petrichor’s most recent win, an allowance race at Mountaineer last September.

Race three moves us to the turf course for a mile and 70 yard claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the third-favored entry at 9/2—Sweet Leaf, ridden by veteran jockey Charle Oliveros.

Trained by owner Jay P. Bernardini, this four-year-old filly finished in the money ten of her 19 career starts, winning four, which gives her a slight statistical advantage over the morning-line favorite.

I’ll admit that the favorite’s speed figures are better, but the favorite hasn’t raced in 12 months.

Oliveros was aboard for Sweet Leaf’s most recent win, a claiming race at Mountaineer in May.

We move back to the main track for race seven, a six-furlong run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My bet is on the 4/5 morning line favorite, Musabaqa.

This six-year-old mare finished in the money 22 of her 29 career starts, winning 14.

Wallace A. Jenkins, who trains Musabaqa for owner Richard Finucane, has tapped Charle Oliveros for this ride. Oliveros most recently piloted Musabaqa in a four-win streak at Mountaineer during the final three months of 2020.

Tuesday Picks for Penn National Race Course

On the turf course for race one—a five-furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting all two of my dollars on the second-favored entry (at 7/2): Global Nation, with top jockey Julio A. Hernandez in the irons.

This six-year-old gelding finished in the money for seven of his 14 career starts, winning one.

That puts Global Nation statistically ahead of the M/L favorite. And while the third-favored horse has slightly better stats, I see Global Nation prevailing against all competition in this nine-horse field.

Kathleen A. Demasi, who’s having a very good 2021 (and she’s been surpassing her own average in wins/WPS for the last decade), trains Global Nation for Pewter Stable.

Race three stays on the turf for a mile and 70-yard run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m backing one of the fourth-favored entries (two at 6/1) in this race: Maldives Model, ridden by top jockey Tyler Conner.

This three-year-old filly moneyed three of her four career starts, winning one.

Erin C. McClellan—a Pennsylvania native and familiar face at Penn National and other East Coast tracks—trains Maldives Model for owner Tom Coulter.

Switching to the main track for race eight—a 5-1/2 furlong run for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m going with the 5/2 morning line favorite, Seeking the Dream.

A four-year-old filly owned by Sylmar Farm, Seeking the Dream finished in the money for all four of her career starts, winning two.

Trainer T. Bernard Houghton has had veteran jockey David Cora aboard for each of Seeking the Dream’s races and has him in the irons for this race, as well.

J.W. Paine
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