Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Whether it was at Louisiana Downs, Mountaineer Racetrack, or Parx Racing, I found underdog moneymakers in ample supply at all three of the tracks I assessed for my Tuesday picks.
In fact, I found morning-line favorites worth backing just twice in the nine races I examined. On the other hand, I found no sleepers for Tuesday, but the week is young, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can check out the full Tuesday race-cards for all three tracks at our best horseracing wagering sites.
Tuesday Picks for Louisiana Downs
Let’s start on the main track with race five, a six-furlong allowance run for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward that have never won four races. My bet is on the second-favored (at 5/2) Dance Away, ridden by Juan P. Vargas.
This four-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her 14 career starts, winning three.
Newcomer J. Luis Garcia trains Dance Away for owner-breeder Melissa Cantacuzene. Garcia tapped Vargas to saddle Dance Away for her four most recent races, resulting in two firsts, a second, and a fourth-place finish in the Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Stakes (Black Type).
We move to the turf course for race six, a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the fourth-favored (at 4/1) Alliaceous, with Pedro L. Cotto, Jr. in the irons.
This four-year-old filly moneyed six of her eleven career starts, winning three, which gives her a slender but appreciable edge over the rest of this ten-horse field. It also helps that Cotto is currently enjoying the winningest year of his career.
Track veteran Howard Alonzo trains Alliaceous for owner Linda Sternberger.
We’re back on the main track for race seven, a six-panel allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Staythirstymyamigo, with Joel Dominguez aboard.
Five-year-old mare finished 21 of her 34 career starts in the money, 12 of those wins—which puts her at in the statistical lead in this nine-horse field.
Top-ranked Scott Gelner trains Staythirstymyamigo for Red Rose Racing.
Tuesday’s Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack
We’re on the turf for race one, a seven-furlong allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m buying a win ticket on the 9/2 third-favored Sound Off, piloted by Fredy Peltroche.
His overall record of 38 money finishes in 64 career starts—15 of those wins—is not particularly impressive. However, his 2021 record is: Ten money finishes in ten starts, five of them wins.
He most recently placed third in the Russell Road Stakes (Black Type) at Charles Town Races in August.
Sound Off is trained by owner Michael Sandoval.
Switching to the turf course for race two, we have a one-mile allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won four races. My money’s on the 7/2 second-favored Tantara, ridden by top jockey Angel I. Diaz.
This six-year-old mare won her initial maiden attempt back in August of 2018, and was not raced again until this year. Overall, she’s moneyed three of her seven starts, winning all three. Despite some missed paychecks, she’s posted consistently high speed figures throughout. She’ll do.
Tantara is trained by owner Burton K. Sipp.
Race seven takes us back to the main track for a six-panel allowance run for three-year-old fillies that have never won two races. I like the second-favored (at 3/1) Parker Madison, with Luciano Hernandez aboard.
This filly moneyed both of her career starts, placing second in her initial maiden run and graduating with the next. Incidentally, jockey Hernandez is having the best year of his career.
Newcomer Israel Acevedo trains Parker Madison for owner-breeder Thomas J. Young. Acevedo put Hernandez in the irons for Parker Madison’s maiden victory.
My Tuesday Picks for Parx Racing
We start at Parx with race seven, a six-furlong allowance run for three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races. I’m betting my two dollars on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Fore Harp, piloted by veteran jockey Jeremy Laprida.
This three-year-old gelding moneyed all three of his career starts, placing second his first to maiden attempts, graduating with his most recent at Parx in August. His stats put in him well in the lead in this eight-horse field.
Breeders’ Cup veteran Robert E. Reid, Jr. trains Fore Harp for owners LC Racing, James Bonner, and Wellesley Stable.
Race eight is a 6-1/2 furlong allowance run on the main track for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the third-favored (at 9/2) Li’lbito’charm, with Dexter Haddock in the irons.
Overall, this five-year-old mare moneyed 15 of her 25 career starts, winning six, and her 2021 record is even more encouraging—eight money finishes in 11 starts, four of them wins.
Longtime track veteran Ralph R. Riviezzo trains Li’lbito’charm for Ylliehus 5 Star. Riviezzo put Haddock in the irons for Li’lbito’charm’s last three races, resulting in two wins and a second.
We move to the turf for race nine, a 7-1/2 furlong allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the 9/2 second-favored Confirmed Genius, ridden by top jockey Frankie Pennington.
This three-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her eleven career starts, winning four, which surprisingly gives her the statistical lead in this eleven-horse field. She and Pennington are currently on a three-win streak at Parx.
Ranked among the top 100 for both wins and earnings every year 2008, Jamie Ness trains Confirmed Genius for owners Morris E. Kernan, Jr., Yo Berbs, and Jagger Inc.