Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, May 11, 2021

| May 10, 2021 11:29 pm PDT

My three favorite tracks for Tuesday are Indiana Grand Race Course, Parx Racing, and Thistledown Racino. I found some good underdogs and even two 8/1 sleepers (in races one and eight at Indiana Grand), so plenty of prospective profits available to punters.

Remember that while I cover selected races at the three tracks, you can always find each track’s entire race card – including horses, jockey, morning line odds, and wagering options – at one of the top horse racing betting sites.

Good luck!

My Tuesday’s Picks at Indiana Grand Race Course

Starting with race one—a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for Indiana-bred fillies and mares—I’m backing the morning line’s third-favorite (at 8/1) entry, Second Exchange.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money four of her eight career starts, winning two. I don’t see either of the morning line’s more favored entries (Myers Tiger at 1/1 and Forbidden Fruit at 7/5) reaching the finish line before Second Exchange.

Well-known regional trainer Stephen V. Fosdick has tapped veteran jockey Deshawn Parker to saddle Second Exchange for this ride.

Parker was aboard for the filly’s most recent win at the end of March at Indiana Grand.

Race six is a 5-1/2 furlong run for Indiana-bred three-year-olds, and my money is on the second-favored (at 9/2) entry here: Tuffer Than Tough.

Son of Oaklawn racing veteran Bob Holthus, trainer Paul Holthus has put Marcelino Pedroza in the irons for each of Tuffer Than Tough’s last four starts, including his most recent win at Indiana Grand in mid-April.

We switch to turf for race eight, a 7-1/2 furlong grass run for Indiana-bred fillies and mares. I like the 8/1 sleeper, Verry Amelia.

This three-year-old moneyed two of her three career starts, finishing in second place in her first maiden run, then graduating on her second attempt. Trainer Antonio Duran has chosen veteran jockey Emmanuel Esquivel to be aboard for this run.

Tuesday’s Picks for Parx Racing

Race eight at Parx is a seven-furlong main track sprint for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Precious.

This four-year-old filly won her first two starts in 2019—her maiden run at Parx and then then the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies Stakes (Black Type) at Penn National.

Most recently, she won an allowance race at Parx in late March. Her speed figures remain higher than others in this field.

Triple Crown-winning trainer John C. Servis has tapped top jockey Frankie Pennington to ride Precious for this sprint. Incidentally, Smarty Jones—Servis’s Triple Crown winner—is the sire of Precious’ dam.

For race nine, I’m going with the third-favored (at 9/2), Did I Stutter. Under training to Louis C. Linder, Jr., this four-year-old filly finished in the money for nine of her 15 career starts, winning four—her four most recent (three at Aqueduct, her latest at Parx). She’s on a roll.

Linder has chosen Ruben Silvera to saddle Did I Stutter for this seven-panel sprint for fillies and mares.

In race ten, I’m looking for a win from the 3/1 morning-line favorite, Dalton, ridden by Mychel Sanchez.

This colt moneyed every one of his five career starts, breaking his maiden at Monmouth Park on his second attempt, then finishing second there in the Smoke Glacken Stakes (Black Type) in September. He later picked up another second at Laurel Park in the James F. Lewis III Stakes (Black Type) in November.

Sanchez was chosen to ride by jockey-turned-trainer Jorge Duarte, Jr., who works with the New Jersey-based Colts Neck Stables LLC.

My Tuesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

In race four—one miler on the main track for fillies and mares—I’m going with the second half of the 1/1A coupled entry: Black Butte.

The morning line has the coupled entry as third-favored in this race at 3/1, but not only does five-year-old Black Butte have competitive speed figures in this field, she has better statistics overall. For the record, Black Butte finished in the money 16 of her 32 career starts, winning seven. Her latest win was at Mahoning Valley Race Course in early April.

Trainer Danny R. Bird has tapped Fernando Salazar Becerra for this race.

Although a relative newcomer, Becerra has already established himself as a pro-level jockey.

Race six is a six-panel sprint for Ohio-bred fillies and mares. I’m buying a win ticket on the 1/1A coupled entry here—all due to the first half of the entry—Resilient Colors. The morning line has the 1/1A coupled entry figured at 3/1.

The chestnut filly won both of her career starts last summer and is showing better times in her recent workouts than she turned in back then.

Ranked in the top 100 thoroughbred trainers in both wins and earning for 2020, veteran trainer Jeffrey A. Radosevich has brought back Luis Riviera—who was in the irons for Resilient Colors’ graduation victory—for this run.

In race seven, I like the third-favored entry, Blistering Pakshi, at 9/2. This five-year-old gelding has a higher percentage of money finishes than the other competitors in this ten-horse field.

Blistering Pakshi moneyed in several maiden races for most of 2020 but finally graduated in October at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

For the record, Blistering Pakshi moneyed nine of his 14 career starts, winning one.

Owner-trainer James McDonald has Erik Barbaran aboard for this run. Barbaran is having a very good 2021, and he’s been in the irons for the majority of Blistering Pakshi’s starts, including his maiden victory back in October.

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