Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, June 30, 2021

| June 30, 2021 4:09 am PDT

The three tracks for my Wednesday picks are Gulfstream Park, Parx Racing, and Tampa Bay Downs. I found plenty of underdog prospects to cheer on, although Tampa Bay was the stingiest and only managed to yield up a single 6/1 underdog.

Be that as it may, you can find the full race cards for all three tracks, including horses, jockeys, M/L odds, and wagering options, at one of the top online racebooks.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s Picks for Gulfstream Park

We start on the turf course with race three—a 1-1/16 miles grass run for three-year-old fillies. My money is on the second-favored Frankie’s Girl at 5/2.

This filly moneyed all six of her career starts, winning one, and she has consistently posted high-speed figures throughout her career.

Relative newcomer Carlos Luis Perez trains Frankie’s Girl for owner Clap Embroidery, and Perez has top jockey Emisael Jaramillo in the irons for this run.

We’re back on the main track for race six, a 6-1/2 furlong run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the second-favored Doc Amster at 2/1.

This four-year-old colt moneyed six of his nine career starts, four of them wins.

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. trains Doc Amster for owner Elona Jones. Joseph has top jockey Edgard J. Zayas aboard for this run.

Before I move on to my next pick, I should note that you may want to keep an eye on the 6/1 sleeper Cool Arrow.

While this seven-year-old gelding hasn’t performed well in the last ten months, he has an impressive set of triple-digit speed figures behind him. He successfully campaigned in several stakes races, most recently winning the Smile Sprint Stakes (Grade III) last September.

Race seven is another main track run, this one 6-1/2 furlongs for Florida-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m calling this one for the fourth-favored (at 9/2) Royal Habibi.

This three-year-old filly moneyed seven of her eight career starts, winning one. She posted solid speed figures in every one of her races and placed fifth in her single no-money run—the Juvenile Fillies Sprint Stakes (Black Type) last November.

Jorge Delgado trains Royal Habibi for Elena Racing, Inc. He’s tapped Jose E. Morelos to fill the irons for this race.

My Wednesday Picks for Parx Racing

We’re on the main track for race seven at Parx—a 6-1/2 furlong run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m going to agree with the morning-line here and bet the 9/5 favorite, Irish Colonel, with Ruben Silvera in the irons.

This eight-year-old gelding finished in the money 28 of his 56 career starts, winning twelve.

Hard as it is to believe, he’s got the statistical edge in this seven-horse field.

Racing veteran Kathleen A. DeMasi trains Irish Colonel for co-owners Pewter Stable, owned by DeMasi and her husband, Greg—and Spedale Family Racing, LLC.

Race nine is a one-mile main track run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m not impressed with any entries in this eight-horse field, but the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Hit the Woah, looks like she could do it, so that’s where my bet goes.

The three-year-old filly moneyed three of her five career starts, winning one. One of her money finishes was a third in the Sanibel Island Stakes (Listed) at Gulfstream Park in March.

Top-ranked Christophe Clement trains Hit the Woah for owners Hoolie Racing Stable, LLC and Madaket Stables LLC. Clement has tapped Dylan Davis to saddle Hit the Woah for this run.

Still on the main track for race ten—a one-mile and 70 yard run for three-year-olds and upward. I like the third-favored (at 5/1) entry, Prince of Rain, ridden by veteran jockey Inoel Beato.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money for all five of his career starts, winning two. In comparison, the morning-line’s 9/5 favorite, First Citizen, moneyed eight of his 16 starts, winning three.

Michael Zalalas trains Prince of Rain for Z and Z Stables, co-owned by Michael with his brother, Angelo (who is also Prince of Rain’s breeder).

Wednesday Picks for Tampa Bay Downs

It’s all about the turf at Tampa Bay Downs. Let’s start with race three—a five-furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward.

If Marcos Meneses rides the also-eligible R Man Joe, bet him to win (he’s at 2/1 M/L).

This four-year-old gelding—trained by Georgina Baxter for owners Averill Racing LLC, Silver Oak Stable LLC, Jim Stackpoole, and M & G Stables—moneyed six of nine career starts, winning two.

That’s if Meneses is aboard R Man Joe. If that doesn’t happen, then bet the 4/1 Poseiden with Gary Wales in the irons.

A five-year-old gelding, Poseiden finished in the money three of his six career starts, winning two.

Robert G. Smith trains Poseiden for owner-breeder Shade Tree Thoroughbreds, Inc.

Race seven is a one-miler on grass for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I agree with the morning line here—my money’s on the 5/2 favorite, V K Star, ridden by Keiber J. Coa.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money three of her 12 career starts, winning one.

I know that doesn’t sound like much, but she has the statistical edge in this ten-horse field. I can say that her workout times have been competitive, and her speed figures are solid.

Gerard Ochoa trains V K Star for GOP Racing Stable.

In race nine—a one-mile grass run for three-year-olds and upward—I like the also-eligible Justlyrewarded (at 6/1), ridden by Gary Wales.

Trained by owner Peter David Knoll, this seven-year-old gelding moneyed six of his eleven career starts, winning one. In this twelve-horse field, that’s a good record.

If Justlyrewarded does not run, go with the 2/1 turf favorite, Evidence, with Walber Alencar in the irons.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed three of his six career starts, winning one.

Co-owner Chad J. Stewart trains Evidence for himself and Tom Gregerson.

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