Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, May 19, 2021

| May 19, 2021 5:40 am PDT

For my Wednesday picks, we will be looking at three races at each of the following: Indiana Grand Race Course, Penn National Race Course, and Thistledown Racino.

Indiana Grand offered up a couple of stakes races, so there’ll be some tight competition there. I wish I could say the same about Penn National, but Wednesday will not be a banner day for horse racing in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

At least Thistledown offered up some meaty underdogs, so tip o’ the cap to you, Thistledown!

Remember that you can find all the races at all three of my selected tracks with a quick visit to one of the top online racebooks.

Good luck!

My Wednesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

I’m starting with race one, a six-furlong sprint for Indiana-sired and -bred three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the second-favored entry here—Son of Batman.

Trained by Cipriano Contreras for Barefoot Farms, this five-year-old gelding moneyed four of his six career starts, winning one. Cipriano, who has ranked among the top 100 trainers for the last two years, has veteran jockey Emmanuel Esquivel in the irons for this run. Esquivel has been aboard for Son of Batman’s last five runs, including his maiden victory at Indiana Grand last August.

Race seven is the Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes, a $75,000, 5-1/2-furlong run for Indiana-sired three-year-old fillies. If you take the morning line’s word for it, this will be a race between the 3/5 favorite and nine also-rans—and I think I have to agree.

Hungarian Princess has already proven she can run faster than many of her competitors in this ten-horse field.

With five money finishes in six career starts, her three wins represent her maiden victory and win in both the Indiana City of Anderson Stakes (Black Type) and the Indiana Stallion Fillies Stakes (Black Type).

Trained by Kim Hammond for Swifty Farms Inc.—Indiana’s largest thoroughbred stable—Hungarian Princess will have Samuel E. Bermudez in the irons for this run—as she has had for all six of her career starts. This is her race to lose.

Race eight is the Sagamore Sired Stakes, a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for Indiana-sired three-year-olds. The morning-line isn’t quite so certain about the winner here, and I’m putting my two dollars down on the third-favored (at 3/1) Betsdownletsride, with Emmanuel Esquivel in the irons.

This three-year-old gelding finished in the money for four of his five career starts, winning three. Yes, I know he ran third to Dillsboro Devil (the morning line’s 9/5 favorite in this race) in the Crown Ambassador Stakes last October—but I’m also aware that Dillsboro Devil ran seventh to Betsdownletsride’s second in the Indiana Futurity a month later. So, advantage: Betsdownletsride.

Wednesday’s Picks for Penn National Race Course

In race two—a six-furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward—I’m in agreement with the morning line and betting my money on the 9/5 favorite, Commissioner Biggs.

This Erin McClellan-trained four-year-old gelding finished in the money for five of his eight career starts, with three wins. McClellan has tapped Julio A. Hernandez to ride for this run. Hernandez was aboard for Commissioner Biggs’ most recent win.

For race four—a six-furlong main track run for fillies and mares—I’m going with the 2/1 morning line favorite—Expurgated. Not because the three-year-old filly is that good but because her competition is that bad.

For the record, Expurgated moneyed two of her four career starts, with one win. Not great, but one of her nearest competitors in this race—the morning line’s second-favored Tinder Date—graduated the maiden class only after nine failed attempts.

Incidentally, Tinder Date is one half of the 1/1A coupled entry, the other half of which is Martha’s Mischief. It took Martha’s Mischief six maiden runs to nail that graduation trip to the winner’s circle.

Owner-trainer Kathleen Demasi has tapped veteran jockey, Dana G. Whitney to ride Expurgated for this race.

Race five is a 1-1/16 mile main track run for fillies and mares, and my win bet is on the 9/5 morning line favorite, Lake Chicot.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money six of her 12 career starts, winning four, which makes her the leader of the pack in this short field of six.

Lake Chicot is under training to Jamie Ness for owner Jagger Inc. Ness has chosen top jockey, Angel R. Rodriguez, to fill the irons for this run.

Wednesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

Starting with race one—a one-miler on the main track for Ohio-foaled fillies and mares—I’m going with the 5/2 morning line favorite—Best of You.

This six-year-old mare finished in the money for 20 of her 40 career starts, winning four. Believe it or not, that record gives her the statistical lead by far in this seven-horse field of perennial also-rans.

Trainer Gary L. Johnson—who’s been among the top 100 trainers in wins for eight of the last 20 years—has chosen Angel Serpa to ride Best of You for this run.

In race two—a six-furlong main track run for Ohio-foaled three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting on the second-favored entry (at 7/2), Chip Chop.

This four-year-old gelding, trained by William D. Cowans for Langsem Farm, finished in the money for four of his six career starts, winning two. While Luan Machado has been aboard Chip Chop for most of his starts, Cowans decided on Jose A. Bracho for this run.

For race seven, a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for Ohio-foaled fillies and mares; I’m going with the second-favored (at 3/1) Jersey Bounce.

This four-year-old filly moneyed nine of her 13 career starts, winning three. This gives her a statistical edge over the morning line favorite, Mobil Lady—but in all fairness, Mobil Lady has been campaigned (mostly unsuccessfully) in stakes races for ten of her 31 career starts.

So, while Mobil Lady might offer some stiff competition to Jersey Bounce, I believe it will be Jersey Bounce in the winner’s circle after this race.

Ranked among the top 100 winning trainers every year since 2002, Robert M. Gorham has chosen veteran jockey Christian Pilares for this ride. Jersey Bounce is owned by Mast Thoroughbreds, LLC of Caledonia, Michigan.

J.W. Paine
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