Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, August 11, 2021

| August 11, 2021 5:43 am PDT

I found a surprisingly large number of good morning-line choices for my Wednesday picks, although I also found some very solid underdog prospects. For the record, I assessed selected races at Evangeline Downs, Indiana Grand Race Course, and Saratoga Racecourse.

Don’t forget that you can check out all of the Wednesday races at these three tracks with a visit to one of our top horse racing wagering sites.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s Picks for Evangeline Downs

We’re on the main track for race two, a one-mile claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. My bet is on the 8/5 morning line favorite, Honor My Speed, with Joe Stokes aboard.

This six-year-old gelding moneyed 15 of his 32 career starts, winning three. His record for 2021 alone is even better: Nine starts, eight money finishes, one of which was a win.

Honor My Speed is trained by owner Allen Landry.

You also might want to keep an eye on the 8/1 sleeper in this six-horse field: Midnight Revolt, a four-year-old colt trained by Kenneth Weeks and ridden this race by Mattie Lillian Martin.

Despite the neophyte status of both jockey and trainer, Midnight Revolt has won three races this year out of his six 2021 starts—the other three were nonpayers. And he spent all of 2020 trying to graduate out of the maiden class.

While his wins this year are impressive, his inconsistency overall makes a bet on him a tad riskier than I like. Still, that five-pound allowance Martin brings to the race could tip the scales.

We move to the turf for race three, a five-furlong claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m sticking by the morning line here and betting on the 5/2 favorite, Royal Bertrando, ridden by veteran jockey Timothy Thornton.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money seven of his 13 career starts, winning three. Incidentally, Royal Bertrando moneyed his first career start with a third-place finish in the 2019 C.O. Ken Kendrick Memorial Stakes at Sunray Park.

Top-ranked trainer Karl Broberg works with Royal Bertrando for owner Zachary Roush.

We’re still on the turf for race seven, a five-furlong allowance race for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. I guess me and the morning-line are going steady because I am betting the 9/5 favorite here—Bernie Special, piloted by veteran jockey Diego Saenz.

This three-year-old gelding has been remarkably consistent throughout his brief career, placing second in six of his starts, winning his maiden on the second attempt, and finishing out of the money only three times.

Okay, so it’s not a greatest record, but in this eight-horse field, it puts him at the head of the line.

Glenn Delahoussaye trains Bernie Special for Witness Tree Farm. Delahoussaye has tapped Saenz to saddle Bernie Special for his three most recent races, all of which were second-place finishes.

My Wednesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

We’re on the turf course for race six, a one-mile allowance race for Indiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the morning-line’s 8/5 favorite, Troubled Justice, with Samuel E. Bermudez in the irons.

This three-year-old gelding won both of his career starts—his maiden graduation in June and the ungraded Snack Stakes in July. And yes, Bermudez was aboard for both of those wins.

Aaron M. West trains Troubled Justice for owner-breeder Justice Farm.

Race eight is the IU Hoosier Stakes, a $65,000 purse five-furlong turf race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m buying a win ticket on the third-favored Lady of Luxury, ridden by veteran jockey Mitchell Murrill.

This five-year-old mare moneyed 13 of her 22 career starts, winning eight.

Chris A. Hartman trains Lady of Luxury for owners Joey Keith Davis and Jackie Rojas.

In race nine—the William Garrett Stakes, a $65,000 purse, five-furlong turf run for three-year-olds and older—if Deshawn Parker enters the gate aboard the 7/2 also-eligible/MTO Copper Town, bet him to win.

This seven-year-old moneyed nine of his 14 career starts, winning five. Copper Town is trained by Wesley A. Ward for CHC INC.

If, on the other hand, Copper Town is not in this race, buy your win ticket on the 6/1 underdog, Mark of the Z, ridden by Orlando Mojica.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money 18 of his 30 career starts, winning nine.

Fernando Bahena trains Mark of the Z for owner Jose G. Rodriguez.

Wednesday’s Picks for Saratoga Racecourse

We start with race three, the Evan Shipman Handicap, a $100,000 purse, 1-1/8 miles stakes race on the main track for New York-bred three-year-olds and upward. The competition in this small-field run should be fierce, but I have to give this race to the 7/5 morning-line favorite, Mr. Buff, with Junior Alvarado in the irons.

This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 40 of his 46 career starts, winning 17, including the Jazil Stakes (Black Type) in January and the Stymie Stakes (Listed) in February, both at Aqueduct.

Breeders’ Cup veteran John C. Kimmel trains Mr. Buff for owners-breeders Chester Broman, Sr. and Mary Broman.

We’re on the turf for race four, 5-1/2 furlong allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

My money’s on whichever horse Irad Ortiz Jr. is piloting.

On the turf, that would be the 3/1 underdog Richies Great Girl, trained by Larry Rivelli for owners Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope LLC.

Richies Great Girl, a four-year-old filly, moneyed nine of her 12 career starts, winning seven.

Irad’s other potential mount is the 8/5 also-eligible/MTO True Castle, trained by Michelle Giangiulio for owners Ten Strike Racing and Four Corners Racing Stable.

True Castle is a five-year-old mare with a solid record: 15 money finishes in 21 career starts, six of them wins.

Race nine is the Mahony Stakes, a $120,000 purse, 5-1/2 furlong turf run for three-year-olds. I’m betting all two of my dollars on the morning-line’s 5/2 favorite, Jaxon Traveler, ridden by Jose L. Ortiz.

This colt moneyed all eight of his career starts, winning four, including the Maryland Juvenile Futurity (Black Type) in December at Laurel Park and the Bachelor Stakes (Listed) this past April at Oaklawn Park.

Steven M. Asmussen trains Jaxon Traveler for owners West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner.

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