Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, July 7, 2021

| July 7, 2021 3:41 am PDT

My track choices for Wednesday were easy: Indiana Grand Race Course, Mountaineer Racetrack, and Parx Racing. I went with Indiana Grand because the track is featuring six stakes races, culminating with the Indiana Oaks and the Indiana Derby—two Grade III stakes races offering purses of $200,00 and $300,00 respectively.

You’ll also see that I found a good mix of favorites and underdogs at both Mountaineer and Parx to round out our wagering choices for hump day.

Remember to check out all the races at all three tracks with a visit to one of our recommended horse racing betting sites.

Good luck!

My Wednesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

We start with race seven—the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes (Listed), a mile and 70 yard main track run for three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the 5/2 morning line favorite, Shared Sense, with Florent Geroux in the irons.

This four-year-old ridgling finished in the money seven of his 11 career starts, winning four, including the 2020 Indiana Derby (Grade III) and the 2020 Oklahoma Derby (Grade III) at Delaware Park.

Brad Cox, who has taken numerous thoroughbreds to Breeders’ Cup wins, trains Shared Sense for owner-breeder Godolphin. Cox had Florent Geroux saddle Shared Sense for last year’s Indiana Derby win.

We move to the turf course for race eight—the Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial Stakes (Black Type), a 1-1/16 mile grass run for four-year-olds and upward. I like the 5/1 third-favored horse in this race—Strong Tide, ridden by veteran jockey Marcelino Pedroza.

This four-year-old colt moneyed 11 of his 23 career starts, winning seven, including last year’s To Much Coffee Stakes and the A. J. Foyt Stakes, both at Indiana Grand. He’ll do.

Husband and wife team Mike and Penny Lauer have been with Strong Tide since the beginning. Both are listed as his breeders, while Mike trains him for owner Penny. They had Pedroza in the irons for Strong Tide’s To Much Coffee Stakes victory.

We’re back on the main track for race nine, the Mari Hulman George Memorial Stakes (Black Type), a 1-1/16 mile dirt run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 5/2 morning line favorite, Saracosa, with Emmanuel Esquivel aboard.

This six-year-old mare moneyed 14 of her 21 career starts, winning two—her maiden and the 2019 Bob Fortus Memorial Stakes (Black Type). In 2020, she finished third in the Azeri Stakes (Grade II) at Oaklawn Park and placed in the Delaware Handicap (Grade II) at Delaware Park.

Ranked among the top 100 trainers for both wins and earnings for the past two years, Cipriano Contreras trains Saracosa for owner Chad Schumer.

We’re on the turf again for race ten—the Indiana General Assembly Distaff Stakes (Listed), a 1-1/16 mile grass run for fillies and mares four years old and upward.

I’m buying a win ticket for the 7/2 third-favored Dominga, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan.

This four-year-old filly finished seven of her 12 career starts in the money, winning four. Among those wins was the 2020 Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial Stakes (Black Type) at Fair Grounds.

Brad Cox trains Dominga for Don Alberto Stable. He had Bridgmohan saddle Dominga for her two most recent races.

Returning to the main track for race eleven, we have the Indiana Oaks (Grade III), a $200,000-purse, 1-1/6 mile stakes race for three-year-old fillies. My bet is on the second-favored (at 3/1) Soothsay, ridden by top jockey Flavien Prat.

This filly won her initial maiden race in February, following up with a win of the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade II) in April. Her third (and most recent) career start resulted in a second-place finish in the Summertime Oaks (Grade II) this past May.

Richard E. Mandella trains Soothsay for owner-breeder Raydelz Stable. Mandella has put Flavien Prat in the irons for all three of Soothsay’s races.

Race twelve is the Indiana Derby (Grade III), a $300,000 purse 1-1/16 mile main track stakes race for three-year-olds.

I have to agree with the morning line here—this is 4/5 favorite Fulsome’s race to lose.

This colt moneyed five of his seven career starts, winning four, including his two most recent—the Oaklawn Stakes (Listed) in early May and the Matt Winn Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs in late May.

Brad Cox trains Fulsome for Juddmonte. Cox has tapped Florent Geroux to saddle Fulsome for this run. Geroux was also in the irons for Fulsome’s Matt Winn Stakes victory.

Wednesday Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack

We start on with race five, a six-furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward. My bet’s down on the 5/2 underdog, Sacco and Vanzetti, ridden by Charle Oliveros.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money for 11 of his 24 career starts, winning four, including his two most recent claiming races.

Owner-trainer Jay P. Bernardini has put Oliveros aboard for Sacco and Vanzetti’s last five runs.

Don’t blink your eyes or you’ll miss race six, a two-furlong main track claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

For this special run, every $2,500 in claiming price over the $5,000 minimum results in that horse carrying an additional pound of weight.

My money is on the 6/1 underdog Can She Scoot, ridden by veteran jockey Ricardo Barrios.

This Shane Spiess-owned/trained seven-year-old mare moneyed 16 of her 29 career starts, winning nine. In this eight-horse field, she’ll do.

Race seven is a 5-1/2 furlong main track sprint for three-year-olds and upward. I’m going with the morning line on this one and betting all two of my dollars on the 3/5 favorite, Primal Destiny, with Charle Oliveros in the irons.

This four-year-old colt moneyed 12 of his 17 career starts, winning eight—six of which were his most recent six. Throw in a win last December we see that Primal Destiny is on a seven-win streak.

Kevin S. Patterson trains Primal Destiny for Diamond Oak Stable. He also had Oliveros saddle Primal Destiny for his most recent win.

Wednesday’s Picks for Parx Racing

For race five—a six-panel main track run for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m betting on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Heroic Officer, ridden by top jockey Frankie Pennington.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money 12 of her 22 career starts, winning five. She may see some serious competition from the second-favored Charity Stripe, but I believe Heroic Officer will prevail.

Harold Wyner trains Heroic Officer for Emergant Inc., and he’s put Pennington in the irons for her two most recent wins.

We move to the turf course for race seven, a five-furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward.

If Ruben Silvera rides the also-eligible/MTO entry Kid d’Oro, bet him to win. The morning line gives this Jamie Ness-trained five-year-old gelding a 2/1 chance. His record says he’s moneyed nine of his 15 career starts, winning four.

If that horse-jockey combo doesn’t happen, then buy your win ticket for the 5/1 underdog, I Got a Rock, ridden by Frankie Pennington.

This six-year-old gelding finished in the money 14 of his 22 career starts, winning nine. Michael L. Catalano, Jr. trains I Got a Rock for owner John Julia.

We’re still on the turf for race nine, a mile and 70 yard grass run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the 3/1 morning line favorite, Vanzzy, ridden by veteran jockey Mychel Sanchez.

This four-year-old colt moneyed six of his 12 career starts, winning four, including the 2020 Jersey Derby (Black Type) at Monmouth Park and the 2020 Rushaway Stakes (Black Type) at Turfway Park.

Regularly ranked among the top 100 trainers in both wins and earnings, Michael V. Pino trains Vanzzy for Smart Angle LLP.

J.W. Paine
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