Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, October 20, 2021

| October 19, 2021 1:10 pm PDT

I went to Charles Town Races, Delaware Park, and Delta Downs to find my Wednesday picks. It’s always a good day when I spend my time here talking more about all the surprise underdog moneymakers I found  than I do about why I have to agree with the morning-line.

Wednesday is a very good day.

Remember that you can always check out the entire race-card for each track by visiting one of our recommended online racebooks.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s Picks for Charles Town Races

Let’s begin with race five, a 6-1/2 furlong allowance run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 7/2 second-favored Hightime Valentine, ridden by veteran jockey Gerald Almodovar.

In her brief career, this three-year-old filly has finished in the money eight of her 12 career starts, winning three. The math says she shares the same statistical percentages with the morning-line favorite except in one important column: Wins. Hightime Valentine scored three out of 12, while the favorite—Platinum Frolic—won one out of six. I call that an edge.

Michael V. Simone trains Hightime Valentine for owner Wayne C LaMarche Jr.

Race six is a 1-1/16 miles allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the second-favored (at 9/5) Tweet This, with Christian Hiraldo in the irons.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed height of her 13 career starts, winning four, giving him the top stats in this six-horse field.

Notably, he finished third in the West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) in 2019.

Tweet This is currently on a three-win streak at Charles Town, and Christian Hiraldo has been aboard for all three of those wins.

Among the top-ranked trainers in North America in 2018 and 2019, Timothy C. Grams trains Tweet This for Fraco 1 LLC.

Race seven is a 6-1/2 furlong allowance optional claiming run on the main track for West Virginia-bred three-year-olds and upward. I have to agree with the morning-line here—the horse to bet on for the win is the 8/5 favorite, Fancy Concho, piloted by Christian Hiraldo.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed 14 of his 16 career starts, winning six, including the West Virginia Lottery Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type) last October. He most recently finished second in the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association Onion Juice Breeders’ Classic Stakes (Black Type).

Timothy C. Grams trains Fancy Concho for his own Grams Racing Stable LLC. He and his wife Judy were Fancy Concho’s breeders.

My Wednesday Picks for Delaware Park

We’re on the main track for race two—a one-mile starter optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. While the morning line says this is a relatively tight race, I like the 2/1 favorite, Kratos, with Isaac Castillo aboard.

This three-year-old gelding is a standout among the competition in this six-horse field—he’s posted four money finishes in his five career starts, one of those his graduation victory.

Kent Sweezey trains Kratos for Headless Horsemen Racing Stable LLC and Tee-N-Jay Farm.

Race seven is a six-panel claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on one of the fourth-favored entries (there are two at 8/1 in this race)—Heir Port, piloted by Charlie Marquez.

This three-year-old gelding finished in the money six of his ten career starts, winning two.

Dale Bennett, who’s having the most successful year of his two decades in the racing business, trains Heir Port for SAB Stable Inc.

For race eight—a one-mile starter optional claiming run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward—I’m buying a win ticket on the second-favored (at 3/1) Factor This In, with top jockey Jaime Rodriguez in the irons.

This seven-year-old gelding finished in the money 26 of his 48 career starts, winning 13. He’s coming to this race fresh from a two-win streak at Parx Racing. I like his chances.

Top-ranked Jamie Ness trains Factor This In for Yo Berbs.

Wednesday Picks for Delta Downs

Let’s start on the main track with race two, a five-furlong claiming run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the 8/1 sleeper, Wholeshackshimmies, ridden by Ashley Broussard.

This four-year-old filly moneyed five of her nine career starts, winning four, which gives her the top marks in this eight-horse field.

Randy Degeyter, Jr. trains Wholeshackshimmies for owner Ronnie Robinson.

Race seven is a 6-1/2 furlong starter allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. If Joel Dominguez rides the 6/1 also-eligible Sir Smack into the starting gate, bet them to win.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed nine of his 14 career starts, winning six. The regularly top-ranked Eduardo Ramirez trains Sir Smack for owner Sandy Badeaux.

If that doesn’t happen, however, go ahead and back the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Reason to Soar, piloted by Ry Eikleberry. This seven-year-old gelding finished in the money 21 of his 33 career starts, winning 11.

Longtime racing veteran Robertino Diodoro trains Reason to Soar for M and M Racing (Mike Sisk).

For race eight—a one-mile allowance run for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races—we’ve got another choice to make.

If Odilon Martinez is aboard the 5/1 also-eligible Sammy Danseur Jr., bet that team to win. This three-year-old gelding finished in the money eight of his 11 career starts, winning two. He’s trained by owner Henry Ray Dunn.

But if that doesn’t happen, then buy a win ticket on the 8/1 sleeper, Got Kramer, with Timothy Thornton in the irons. This three-year-old gelding finished in the money three of his six career starts, winning two.

Karl Broberg—who’s been ranked among the top 100 trainers every year for the past decade—trains Got Kramer for End Zone Athletics, Inc.

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