Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, November 30, 2021

| November 29, 2021 12:58 pm PDT

There were underdogs galore at all three tracks I surveyed for my Tuesday picks: Mahoning Valley Race Course, Parx Racing, and Penn National Race Course.

From a triplet of fourth-favored entries at Penn National to a juicy 15/1 prospect at Mahoning, I backed underdogs in all but one of the nine races I assessed.

Don’t forget to review the full race-cards for all three tracks at our best online racebooks.

Good luck!

Tuesday Picks for Mahoning Valley Race Course

We’ll begin on the main track with race three, a six-furlong claiming race for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward.

Any eight-horse race where the morning line ranks half the entries at 15/1 bears closer inspection, and danged if I didn’t find a potential long-odds moneymaker in Highly Explosive, with Malcolm Franklin in the irons.

This four-year-old filly was a perennial also-ran in 2020, but she’s posted enough money finishes this year to compare favorably to the favorite.

For the record, in 2021 Highly Explosive finished eight of her 14 starts in the money, with four of them wins. Tack on her ten joyless runs from 2020, and you’ve got her entire career history.

Joseph M. Poole trains Highly Explosive for owners Peter J. Sheppell and Tim Girten.

Race six is a six-furlong allowance run on the main track for two-year-old Ohio-bred fillies that have never won two races. In this eight-horse field, my money’s on the third-favored (at 7/2) Flatter Her Again, ridden by Sonny Leon.

This filly moneyed four of her five career starts, winning her second maiden attempt. She also finished third in the Best of Ohio Miss Ohio Stakes (Black Type) at Thistledown in August—well ahead of this race’s favorite, Starlit Secret.

Of course, Starlit Secret then beat her resoundingly in last month’s Best of Ohio John W. Galbreath Stakes (Black Type) at Mahoning Valley. Still, I’m backing consistency here, and that’s Flatter Her Again.

Longtime racing veteran Jeffrey A. Radosevich trains Flatter Her Again for owner-breeder Bruce C. Ryan.

Race seven is a 5-1/2-furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races. I like the fourth-favored Sharingthejourney, piloted by veteran jockey Yuri Yaranga.

This five-year-old gelding finished five of his seven career starts in the money, winning his most recent maiden attempt at Mountaineer earlier this month. In comparison, the morning-line favorite—Mr. Superb—moneyed five of his 13 career starts, posting his one and only win back in September of 2020, after nine unsuccessful attempts to break his maiden.

Robert C. Cline, who’s having the best year of his career, trains Sharingthejourney for owner Unstable Stable, LLC.

My Tuesday Picks for Parx Racing

Let’s start here with race four, a one-mile claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 7/2 morning-line favorite, Monteleone, with Luis D. Rivera aboard.

This six-year-old gelding finished in the money 27 of his 50 career starts, winning ten — a record that puts him in the statistical lead in this 12-horse field.

Angel J. Castillo Sanchez trains Monteleone for Ylliehus 5 Star.

Incidentally, if Adam Bowman enters the starting gate aboard the also-eligible Kid Macho, you might want to bet them to win. A four-year-old gelding, Kid Macho’s record rivals that of Monteleone, with 12 money finishes in 25 career starts, five of those wins.

Top-ranked in both wins and earnings since 2011, Patricia Farro trains Kid Macho for Flanken Farms.

For race eight—a one mile and 70 yards allowance race on the main track for Pennsylvania-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting my two dollars on the 5/2 second-favored Maythehorsebwithu, ridden by veteran jockey Jevian Toledo.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed seven of his ten career starts, winning three, including the Miracle Wood Stakes (Black Type) at Laurel Park in February. While I see that the 1/1 morning-line favorite, Parsimony, has a significant history in graded stakes races.

I also note that his infrequent successes have been in the distant past, with his most recent win happening nearly two years ago in the Curlin Stakes at Meydan Racecourse.

Brittany T. Russell trains Maythehorsebwithu for owners Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables LLC.

Race nine is a seven-furlong allowance optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races. I’m backing the 5/1 underdog, Because I Can, with Mychel J. Sanchez in the irons.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed three of his six career starts, winning his second attempt at graduating the maiden class in April.

Longtime racing veteran Michael Charles Aro trains Because I Can for owner Albert R. Tassone.

Tuesday’s Picks for Penn National Race Course

We’re starting on the main track with race two, a 1-1/16 miles allowance race for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the 6/1 underdog Discreetly Tough, piloted by Julio A. Hernandez.

The 2021 record of this four-year-old filly is just a skosh better than that of the morning-line favorite: Seven money finishes in ten starts, three of them wins. The favorite, Maldives Model, also moneyed seven of her ten 2021 starts, but won only two.

Mark V. Salvaggio trains Discreetly Tough for owner Jeffrey W. Parthemore. Salvaggio has put Hernandez in the irons for Discreetly Tough’s four most recent races, resulting in four money finishes, including three wins.

Race six is a one mile and 70 yards allowance optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

I’m betting my two dollars on the 9/2 fourth-favored Bess, with veteran jockey Tyler Conner aboard.

This five-year-old mare is clearly the statistical frontrunner in this seven-horse field: 17 money finishes in 27 career starts, with eleven of them wins.

Erin C. McClellan trains Bess for owner Roger A. Nickol. McClelland has tapped Conner to saddle Bess for her last six races (five money finishes, three of them wins).

Race seven is a six -furlong allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the 4/1 underdog Kaylasaurus, ridden by William P. Otero.

This five-year-old mare finished ten of her 17 career starts in the money, winning five, which makes her the star of this otherwise nondescript seven-horse field.

Bruce M. Kravets trains Kaylasaurus for owner Tom Coulter.

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