Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, July 14, 2021

| July 13, 2021 1:35 pm PDT

Of the three tracks I chose for my Wednesday racing picks, Mountaineer Racetrack was the most generous, with a third-favored underdog and even an 8/1 sleeper to delight our bankrolls.

Evangeline Downs also wasn’t shy with the underdog prospects, yielding up fourth-favored and third-favored entries. Sure, Thistledown just gave us the one second-favored underdog to bet our two bucks on, but as Stephen Wright points out, “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”

Good luck!

My Wednesday Picks for Evangeline Downs

We’ll start on the turf course for race five, a one-mile run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. The odds in this race are tighter than a drumhead, and I like the fourth-favored (at 5/1) entry—Devil With a Dash, ridden by veteran jockey Gerard Melancon.

This three-year-old filly whiffed her first two maiden runs, then moneyed the next two, and won her most recent. That puts her in the statistical lead in this seven-horse field.

Carl J. Woodley trains Devil With a Dash for owner Dwayne Gallineau. Woodley has tapped Melancon to saddle Devil With a Dash for her four most recent runs, including her graduation victory.

We move to the main track for race six, a one-mile run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the second-favored (at 2/1) Nine Line Bind, with Casey Fusilier in the irons.

This four-year-old filly moneyed four of her nine career starts, winning two. Her speed figures are comparable to those of the favorite, and her stats give her the edge.

Owner-trainer Howard Alonzo had Fusilier aboard for her most recent run, a third-place finish in a claiming race in June.

Race seven switches us back to the turf course for 7-1/2 furlong grass run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. If Timothy Thornton rides the 9/2 third-favored Heart That Binds, bet them to win.

This three-year-old filly moneyed six of her eight career starts, winning two. Heart That Binds is trained by Juan A. Larrosa for owners Mike and Connie R. Norris.

On the other hand, if Thornton enters the starting gate aboard the also-eligible/MTO Special Connection, switch your wager to Spellbinding at 3/1, ridden by Diego Saenz.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money for eight of her 12 career starts, winning two. Trained by the venerable W. Bret Calhoun, Spellbinding is owned by William T. Reed. Saenz was aboard for Spellbinding’s most recent win.

Wednesday Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack

We start out on the turf for race one—a seven-panel sprint for three-year-olds and upward.

I almost bypassed the 3/1 morning-line favorite, Voting Control, ridden by Guillermo Rodriguez. The six-year-old gelding was something of a superstar back in 2017 when he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade I) at Del Mar and second in the Pilgrim Stakes (Grade III) at Belmont Park. But 2017 is ancient history.

Also discouraging is the fact that jockey Guillermo Rodriguez has yet to reach his top form.

But what makes me still want to buy a win ticket for this team is that despite a lack of recent wins, Voting Control maintains the same level of speed figures he posted back in 2017. And as for Rodriguez? Well, he’s having the best year of his career.

For the record: Voting Control moneyed six of his nine career starts, winning two. Richard J. Hendriks trains him for owner Debra E. Kachel.

We’re still on the grass for race two, a seven-furlong turf run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 8/1 sleeper, Team Hucky, ridden by veteran jockey Andrew R. Ramgeet.

This five-year-old finished in the money 17 of his 25 career starts, winning two—which actually gives him the edge in this seven-horse field.

Ramgeet’s wife, Tina, trains Team Hucky for the couple’s Team Ramgeet Racing Stable LLC.

Race three is a mile, and 70 yards turf course run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m buying a win ticket on the 9/2 third-favored Legendarys First, ridden by Eddie Jurado.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money 14 of year 24 career starts, winning six. This gives Legendarys First a healthy statistical lead over Naomi Broadway, the 8/5 morning-line favorite, who—despite some wins and money finishes in graded stakes races had back in 2019 in her home country— the Brazilian import has failed to make much of an impression at U.S. tracks.

Legendarys First is trained by Jennifer A. Johnson for Equus Farm Inc.

Wednesday’s Picks for Thistledown Racino

We’ll start with race two, a six-furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 3/1 second-favored Ready My Way with Alexander Chavez aboard.

This three-year-old colt moneyed both of his career starts, finishing second in his first maiden run, then graduating with his second—both in June and both at Thistledown.

Ray Vernino trains Ready My Way for owner Juana Lopez.

Race five is a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. My wager is on the top half of the 1/1A coupled entry (and 5/2 morning-line favorite), Twerk, with veteran jockey Jose A. Bracho in the irons.

This three-year-old filly moneyed three of her five career starts, winning two—her second maiden attempt at Mahoning Valley Race Course in April and an allowance race at Thistledown in June.

Regularly ranked in the top 100 trainers in the U.S., Jeffrey A. Radosevich works Twerk for owner-breeder Peter J. Sheppell.

We’re still on the main track for race seven, a five-1/2 furlong run for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward.

While this looks to be a tight race between the top two contenders, I’m calling it for the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Altissimo, ridden by veteran jockey Erik Barbaran.

This eight-year-old gelding has moneyed 33 of his 47 career starts, winning 19, ten of which were stakes races.

Ranked among the top trainers in wins for the past two years, Richard Zielinski trains Altissimo for owners Nancy Lavrich and Ronald Zielinski.

J.W. Paine
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