Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, May 4, 2021

| May 3, 2021 11:13 pm PDT

It looks like Attack of the Underdogs at the three tracks I chose for my Tuesday horse racing betting picks; Louisiana, Downs, Mountaineer Racetrack, and Thistledown Racino.

I found a multitude of overlooked/under-appreciated second, third, and even fourth-favored contenders in my assessments.

Before we head into the details behind my choices, remember that you can find all the racing information, including the horses, jockeys, morning line odds, and wagering options, at one of our recommended horse racing betting sites.

Good luck!

My Tuesday Betting Picks at Louisiana Downs

Race two is a mile and 70-yard main track run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares, and I like the third-favored (at 4/1) C’Estbon C’Estbon for the win in this eight-horse field. Ridden by Joel Dominguez for this race, the four-year-old filly moneyed in six of her 11 career starts, with four wins.

C’Estbon C’Estbon is under training to Ron Faucheux. He has ten-plus years as a trainer and has taken horses to several stakes wins, including Monte Man in the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes at Fair Grounds last December.

Another mile-and-70-yards main track match, race five, is a short-field competition between six Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. For this run, I like the second-favored (at 2/1) entry, Lone Star Secret, with veteran jockey Richard Eramia in the irons.

The three-year-old filly trained by David C. Gomez moneyed one of her three career starts with a win.

Gomez is a new face to thoroughbred racing, with fewer than 160 career starts since he began training in 2016.

His most recent win was Lone Star Secret’s graduation run in her first maiden race in March at Delta Downs.

Switching to turf, race six brings us eight Louisiana-bred fillies and mares racing for seven-and-a-half furlongs. I’m buying a win ticket for the second-favored (5/2) Irish Hustle, although her jockey for this run, Carlos Lozada, is not having his best year.

Irish Hustle’s record is what convinces me she’s got the goods: 12 money finishes in 19 career starts, six of those wins. In this field, she’s a standout.

Another advantage is her trainer—Joseph “Joey” Foster, whose horses have earned more than a million bucks annually for eight of the last nine years. Foster has trained more than 4,000 thoroughbreds in his 25 years in the racing industry.

Mountaineer Racetrack Betting Picks for Tuesday

A six-panel run for West Virginia-bred three-year-olds, race five features a seven-horse field on the main track. I like the third-favored Jovial John at 3/1 for this run. His jockey, Guillermo Rodriguez, is having a very good 2021 (following a very good 2020).

And owner-trainer J. Michael Baird has plenty to be proud of with Jovial John’s record: Three money finishes in six career starts, two of which were wins.

Speaking of Baird, I like his entry in race seven, as well. This is a five-and-a-half furlong main track run for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares, and Baird’s horse in this six-horse field is the 7/5 morning-line favorite, Coach Machen.

Veteran jockey Yuri Yaranga is aboard for this ride. Coach Machen finished in the money for six of his ten career starts, winning two.

Race eight is a five-and-a-half furlong run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I‘m betting on the second-favored (5/2) entry here—Good Alternative. This four-year-old filly is the protégé of Eric R. Reed, who’s been training thoroughbreds since 1983. He’s picked a good jockey for Good Alternative this race: Luis H. Colon.

For the record: Good Alternative moneyed three of her four career starts, winning two.

Tuesday’s Picks for Thistledown Racino

My money’s on Liberate, the 5/2 morning line favorite in race five.

Liberate is the best among the other three-year-olds and upward competing in this six-panel run on the main track. This four-year-old gelding finished in the money seven of his ten career starts, winning five.

Liberate’s trainer, Timothy E. Hamm, who most recently took the filly Dayoutoftheoffice to two graded stakes wins in 2020, has tapped jockey Frank Reyes to ride Liberate in this race.

Race seven is a five-and-a-half furlong main track run for Ohio-bred three-year-old fillies, and I like the 7/2 morning line favorite, One Glamorous Gal, for this ten-horse race.

One Glamorous Gal finished in the money two of her four career starts, winning one. Trainer Gary L. Johnson, who was among the top 100 trainers in both earnings and wins for 2020, has tapped veteran jockey Jose A. Bracho to ride One Glamorous Gal this race. Bracho’s was aboard for both of her money finishes.

Race eight is a main-track one-mile maiden race for three-year-olds and upward, and I’m going with the fourth-favored (at 9/2) Awesome Ox. Trainer Danny R. Bird has tapped Yarmarie Correa for this ride.

Correa has fewer than a thousand rides on her record, but in 2020, the apprentice was listed among the top 50 jockeys worldwide in wins. She was also aboard the three-year-old gelding for his most recent run, a third-place finish that nevertheless improved on his previous speed figures significantly.

For the record, Awesome Ox moneyed six of his nine career starts.

J.W. Paine
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