Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, August 25, 2021

| August 24, 2021 2:31 pm PDT

Of the three tracks I selected for my Wednesday picks, Evangeline Downs was the most predictable, with me agreeing with the morning-line (with one caveat) for all three races.

On the other hand, both Mountaineer Racetrack and Thistledown Racino more than made up for that, yielding up 8/1 and 6/1 sleepers as well as plenty of other underdogs, which will keep out our bankrolls happy.

Remember that you can find Wednesday’s race cards for all three tracks at one of our top online racebooks.

Good luck!

My Wednesday Picks for Evangeline Downs

We’ll start on the main track with race four, a five-furlong claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

If Timothy Thornton rides Grillin—the first half of the 5/2 coupled entry—then bet them to win.

This five-year-old mare moneyed 11 of her 15 career starts, winning four. Notably, she placed third in the LA Bred Premier Bon Temps Starter Stakes at Delta Downs in February. Grillin is trained by Karl Broberg for End Zone Athletics, Inc.

If that doesn’t happen, then bet the third-favored (at 4/1) Ten Count Out, ridden by Kevin J. Smith. This seven-year-old mare finished in the money for 1 of her 38 career starts, winning ten. Ten Count Out is trained by owner Benard Chatters.

Race six is a 5-1/2 furlongs starter allowance race on the main track for three-year-olds. My bet’s on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Club Soda, with Pedro L. Cotto, Jr. in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed 16 of his 28 career starts, winning six. He’s finished in the money six of his seven 2021 starts. In this seven-horse field, he’ll do.

Keith G. Bourgeois trains Club Soda for owner Paul Potier. Bourgeois has put Cotto in the irons for Club Soda’s latest three runs—two seconds and a third.

We’re still on the main track for race seven, a seven-panel allowance race for three-year-olds and upward. I will have to agree with the morning line here and bet on the 2/1 favorite: Emerald Forest, with Roberto Morales aboard.

This three-year-old gelding had six money finishes in ten career starts; three of them wins. In fact, in his most recent five races, he finished second twice and first in the other three.

Shane Wilson trains Emerald Forest for owner Wayne T. Davis.

Wednesday’s Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack

We’re on the turf course for race one at Mountaineer—a seven-furlong allowance race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 8/1 sleeper, Miss Oxbow, piloted by Yarmarie L. Correa.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money eight of her ten career starts, winning one–which puts her in the statistical lead in this 12-horse field.

Miss Oxbow is trained by owner Robert C. Cline.

Race three is a one-mile claiming run on turf for three-year-olds and upward, and I’m calling it for the fourth-favored (at 6/1) Julie’s Ferrari, ridden by Alex Gonzalez.

This three-year-old colt moneyed four of his six career starts, winning one. In this lackluster field of eight, he’s the statistical top dog.

Gary Welsh trains Julie’s Ferrari for owner Irvin Owle.

We’re switching back to the main track for race seven, a 5-1/2 furlong claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My win ticket is on the second-favored (at 5/2) Romantic Jewel, ridden by Ajhari Williams.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money ten of her 16 career starts, winning three.

Romantic Jewel is trained by owner Osborne Smith.

Incidentally, that 30/1 long shot in this race? You know—the one you’re thinking of buying a two-dollar show ticket on? Well, don’t. Ready to Play—even with Yarmarie Correa aboard—would need a jetpack and a three-minute head start to make that happen.

Wednesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

Let’s start on the main track with race four, a one-mile allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the fourth-favored (at 4/1) Latin Spice, with top jockey Angel I. Diaz in the irons.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed ten of his 13 career starts, winning three, which puts him in the statistical lead in this six-horse field. Most notably, he ran third in the First State Dash Stakes at Delaware Park last September and third in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity (Black Type) at Laurel Park last December.

Co-owner Jason DaCosta trains Latin Spice for himself and Calypso Stable.

Race five is a six-furlong allowance race on the main track for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward.

According to the morning line, this will probably be the tightest race of the day at Thistledown, but I still think the 5/2 favorite will prevail: Tivis, with Christian P. Pilares.

This three-year-old filly’s record puts her miles ahead of her competition in this six-horse field: Five money finishes in seven career starts, with three wins, including the Southern Park Stakes (Black Type) at Mahoning Valley Race Course in March. And yes, Pilares was aboard for that victory.

Regularly ranked among the top 100 in his profession for the past two decades, Robert M. Gorham trains Tivis for owner-breeder Hillburn Racing Stable LLC.

Race seven is also a six-panel allowance run on the main track for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like this one for the fourth-favored (at 5/1) Windy Lu Who, piloted by veteran jockey Malcolm Franklin.

This four-year-old filly moneyed six of her nine career starts, winning three, including the First Lady Stakes (Black Type) at Mahoning Valley Race Course last November.

Susan L. Anderson trains Windy Lu Who for owners Pocket Aces Racing LLC and Susan Anderson Racing, LLC.

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