Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, May 26, 2021

| May 26, 2021 7:15 am PDT

I found some good underdog prospects at the three tracks I chose for my Wednesday racing picks. Indiana Grand Race Course, Parx Racing, and Penn National Race Course all offered up some tasty longer-odds that could really brighten a bankroll’s day.

Before you get started on the picks, don’t forget that you can find all races—the horses, the jockeys, the M/L odds, the wagering options—at any of the top horse racing wagering sites.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

I’m starting with race seven—a one-mile turf run for three-year-olds and upward—and I’m betting on the second-favored More Abundance (at 4/1).

This nine-year-old gelding finished in the money for 17 of his 36 career starts, winning six. Not particularly impressive, I agree, but those stats put him in the lead in this 14-horse field. And he’s still producing triple-digit speed figures.

In training to Joe Sharp for owner Joseph E. Besecker, More Abundance will have Adam Beschizza aboard for this run. Beschizza has been a frequent flyer for this horse, most recently for his May 5 victory at Indiana Grand in a starter allowance run.

For race eight, a six-furlong main track run for Indiana-bred fillies and mares; I’m going with the 2/5 morning line favorite, Whistlin’ Dixie. Not a tough choice to make in a race where the morning line has seven of the ten-horse field at 15/1 odds or longer.

Whistlin’ Dixie, a four-year-old filly, has a good record: Three money finishes in four career starts, with one win.

Trainer Michael E. Lauer has tapped veteran jockey Marcelino Pedroza to ride in this race; Pedroza was aboard for Whistlin’ Dixie’s maiden victory.

By the way, if you’re looking for an opportunity for a payoff at longer odds, this is definitely your race.

I’d go with an across-the-board wager on Sweet Justice (at 20/1), ridden by Emmanuel Esquivel. This Cipriano Contreras-trained filly finished in the money four of her five career starts, winning one.

One of Sweet Justice’s money finishes was a second-place in the City of Anderson Stakes (Black Type) last September at Indiana Grand.

And in race nine—a one-mile turf run for Indiana-bred maidens three years old and upward, my money is on the third-favored (at 9/2) Akamai.

Trained by Robert E. Dobbs, Jr. for Gregory Szymski, the four-year-old gelding Akamai has moneyed three of his six career starts. Dobbs has veteran jockey Rodney A. Prescott in the irons for this race. Prescott has been aboard for two of Akamai’s money finishes.

Wednesday Picks for Parx Racing

Starting with race two—a one-miler on the main track for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting on the 3/1 morning line favorite, Speed Syndrome.

This six-year-old gelding finished in the money 15 of his 34 career starts, winning three. Trained for Bing Cherry Racing by veteran Michael L. Catalano, Jr., Speed Syndrome will be ridden by top jockey Angel Castillo.

Race five is a 1-1/16 mile main track run for three-year-olds and upward, and I’m buying a win ticket on Luxury Suite, the morning line’s third-favored horse at 4/1.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed seven of his 16 career starts, winning four. In comparison, it took the morning line favorite 39 races to win four.

Luxury Suite is in training to Michael M. Moore for owners Kasey K Racing Stable, Final Turn Racing Stable, and Hardesty Stables. Moore has tapped Jomar Torres to fill the irons for this ride.

We switch to the turf course in race nine for a one-mile and 70-yard grass run for fillies and mares. My win bet is on one of the fourth-favored entries (two at 6/1) in this race: Anginetti.

Trained by Richard Vega for Wire To Wire Racing and Richard Vega Racing Stable, the three-year-old filly Anginetti finished in the money five of her nine career starts, winning two.

This gives her the statistical lead in this 12-horse field.

Vega has tapped Angel Castillo for this run. Castillo helped Anginetti score her most recent victory in March at Parx.

My Wednesday Picks for Penn National Race Course

I’m starting with race one at Penn National—a six-furlong main track run for fillies and mares—and I like Why Be Civil, the morning line’s third-favored horse at 4/1.

Why Be Civil, a four-year-old filly, is the standout in this five-horse field, with six money finishes in seven career starts, including two wins. She is trained for owner Glencragga Stables by Carl O’Callaghan, who made his mark with Kinsale King at the 2010 Dubai Golden Shaheen (Grade I).

O’Callaghan has jockey Emilio Flores aboard Why Be Civil for this run.

In race six, a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward, I’m betting on the 7/2 second-favored Weallwegot, ridden by veteran jockey William P. Otero.

In training to Tim Woolley for Green Ridge Racing, this five-year-old gelding finished in the money for all four of his career starts, winning two.

Woolley has had Otero in the irons for all four of Weallwegot’s races.

In race seven—a one-mile main track run for fillies and mares—I’m backing the fourth-favored (at 4/1) Princess Brie.

In training to Brandon L. Kulp, who was named among the top 100 trainers in 2020 wins, the five-year-old mare Princess Brie moneyed nine of her 22 career starts, winning five. This puts her on the same page as the morning-line favorite. She is owned by Premier Stable and Donald L. Brown, Jr.

Kulp has tapped veteran jockey Angel R. Rodriguez for this ride.

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