Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, June 16, 2021

| June 16, 2021 4:54 am PDT

I found some good underdog surprises at all three of the racks I chose to assess for my Wednesday picks: Evangeline Downs, Penn National Race Course, and Thistledown Racino.

Thistledown, for instance, yielded up a 10/1 probable in race two—but all three tracks had second and third-favored prospects that should contribute to our bankroll’s well-being and general cheery attitude quite nicely.

If you’re still feeling froggy after reviewing my selection of races, you can always visit one of our recommended online racebooks for a look at all the races. There you can find the horses, jockeys, morning-line odds, wagering options, and everything else in between.

Good luck!

Wednesday Picks for Evangeline Downs

We’ll start at Evangeline Downs with race three, a one-mile main track run for three-year-olds and upward. I like the second-favored Archie (at 5/2) with Timothy Thornton in the irons.

An eight-year-old gelding, Archie finished in the money for 22 of his 49 career starts, winning 13.

Karl Broberg trains Archie for owner Mark David Hixson.

Thornton was aboard for Archie’s most recent win.

In race six—a five-furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting on the third-favored 7/2 underdog, Can If I Can ridden by Kevin J. Smith.

This four-year-old colt moneyed two of his four career starts, winning one with a graduation run in his first maiden race.

Longtime track veteran, Doris Hebert, trains Can If I Can for owner Kent Bouillion.

We move to the turf course for race seven, a 7-1/2 furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward. I like the second-favored (at 3/1) Easy to Miss, ridden by Timothy Thornton.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed six of his ten career starts, winning one—giving him a statistical edge in this seven-horse field.

His speed figures have also been consistently higher than those of his competition in this race.

Scott Gelner has been campaigning thoroughbreds since 1994, and Easy to Miss is just one of the horses he trains for owner/breeder Kendel D. Standlee.  Gelner has tapped Timothy Thornton to ride Easy to Miss for this run.

Wednesday’s Picks for Penn National Race Course

We start on the turf course for race two, a mile-and-70-yards grass run for three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the third-favored (at 9/2) Northern Thunder, with Angel R. Rodriguez in the irons.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed seven of his 17 career starts, winning four

This gives Northern Thunder a significant edge on the rest of this 12-horse field.

Regularly appearing among the top 100 trainers, Brandon L. Kulp trains Northern Thunder for owners In or Out Stables and Wire to Wire Racing.

Still on the turf for race three—a five-furlong grass run for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m going to take a chance on the second-favored (at 4/1) Tuffgirlsdontcry, ridden by veteran jockey Andrew Wolfsont.

This seven-year-old mare finished in the money for nine of her 15 career starts, winning three.

Regularly ranked among the top winning trainers since 2005, Kathleen A. Demasi trains Tuffgirlsdontcry for owners Pewter Stable and Diane Check.

We move to the main track for race six, a six-panel sprint for three-year-olds and upward.

I’m betting my two dollars on the second-favored (at 7/2) Weallwegot, with Andrew Wolfsont in the irons.

It’s hard not to like this five-year-old gelding: He moneyed all five of his career starts, winning two (the other three he placed second).

Veteran trainer Tim Woolley works with Weallwegot for owner/breeder Green Ridge Racing.

My Wednesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

We start with race two, a six-furlong main track for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the 10/1 underdog Bearpath, with Anthony Salgado in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed ten of his 17 career starts, winning two.

His speed figures are competitive in this nine-horse field, and while the morning line’s favorites have a slight statistical edge on paper, Bearpath has the blunt-force advantage of having finished in the money far more often.

Jeffrey Skerrett trains Bearpath for owner Danielle Agnello.

In race four, a one-miler on the main track for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward, I’m betting all two of my dollars on the third-favored Thursday Frost.

This five-year-old mare moneyed all five of her career starts, with one win (she placed second in the other four).

Thursday Frost’s speed figures are competitive with those of Shez Shacked Up (the morning-line favorite). While the favorite has been campaigned in a few Black Type stakes races—and even placed in a couple of them—Shez Shacked Up is statistically much likelier to finish this race as an also-ran.

Julie A. Pappada trains Thursday Frost for owner James R. Gresh. Chelsey Keiser has been in the irons for all five of Thursday Frost’s starts, and she’ll be aboard for this run, as well.

Race five is a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward, and I’m inclined to bet a couple of bucks on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Liberate, ridden by Malcolm Franklin.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money seven of his 12 career starts, winning five. His first three wins—after breaking his maiden on his pro debut in 2019—were in the Hoover Stakes (Black Type) at Belterra Park, the Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes (Black Type) at Thistledown, and the Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

Timothy E. Hamm has ranked among the top 100 trainers in the country for nine of the last eleven years.

He trains Liberate for owners Winstar Farm LLC, Blazing Meadows Farm LLC, and Michael Lewis.

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