Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, September 1, 2021

| August 31, 2021 12:58 pm PDT

I went to Evangeline Downs, Presque Isle Downs, and Saratoga Racecourse for Wednesday picks. While I agreed with the morning line at Evangeline Downs, I had more (potentially profitable) disagreements with Presque Isle, and I laughed in the morning-line’s face at Saratoga, where I discovered a potential winner in a 15/1 underdog in a graded stakes race.

Before you skip down to see just how I made my choices, don’t forget that you can find the entire Wednesday race-cards of all three tracks at one of our best horseracing wagering sites.

Good luck!

Wednesday Picks for Evangeline Downs

Let’s start on the turf course with race five, a one-mile allowance optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 9/5 morning-line favorite for this one: Quinn Murphy, ridden by veteran jockey Timothy Thornton.

This seven-year-old mare finished in the money for 31 of her 52 career starts, winning ten, including her most recent, a claiming race at Louisiana Downs in mid-August.

Karl Broberg, who’s been ranked #1 in annual wins six times since 2014, trains Quinn Murphy for End Zone Athletics, Inc.

We’re still on the turf for race seven, a five-furlong allowance race for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 5/2 morning-line favorite—Gravy Hound, with Roberto Morales in the irons.

This is one of those races where you eliminate the worst of the field until you’re left with the horse least likely to lose, which defines this three-year-old gelding exactly.

That’s not to say that Gravy Hound is a poor selection—for the record, he won his initial maiden attempt and finished fourth in his second career start, a nine-horse, 7-1/2 furlong turf run that was switched to a one-mile dirt track run.

Longtime racing veteran Edward J. Johnston trains Gravy Hound for owner-breeder Keith Plaisance.

Race nine keeps us on the turf for a 7-1/2 furlong claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 3/1 second-favored Audacious Girl with Alexander Castillo aboard.

This three-year-old filly moneyed seven of her 16 career starts, winning one, which gives her the statistical edge in this lackluster field of ten.

Kenneth Westlye trains Audacious Girl for Rocha’s Racing Stables, LLC.

Wednesday Picks for Presque Isle Downs

We’re on the all-weather track for race five, a one-mile allowance optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money is on the 6/1 fourth-favored Dr Kaak, ridden by Willie Martinez.

This three-year-old filly moneyed three of her five career starts, winning one—and in this short field of six, that makes her the standout.

Maria Bowersock, who, by the way, is having the best year of her professional career, trains Dr Kaak for Volar Corporation.

Race six is a one-mile claiming run on the all-weather track for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the 5/2 second-favored Chic N Wilbur, piloted by Walber Alencar.

This six-year-old gelding has a significantly better record than the favorite: 24 money finishes in 34 career starts, nine of them wins.

Granted, the morning-line favorite, Patriot Drive, has been campaigned at the stakes level fairly aggressively but has failed to finish in the money in all but one of those.

Regularly ranked among the top 100 in his profession for the past two decades,  M. Anthony Ferraro trains Chic N Wilbur for TLC Thoroughbreds.

For race seven—a six-furlong allowance optional claiming race on the all-weather track for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m buying a win ticket on the second-favored (at 5/2) Aug Lutes, ridden by veteran jockey Antonio A. Gallardo.

This three-year-old filly won both of her career starts—her maiden at Presque Isle last October and an allowance race at Woodbine in November.

Preakness and Breeders’ Cup veteran Michael J. Trombetta trains Aug Lutes for Commonwealth New Era Racing.

My Wednesday Picks for Saratoga Racecourse

We’re on the turf for race one, a 2-3/8 miles on hurdle for four-year-olds and upward. I like the second-favored (at 4/1) Prayer Hope, with Graham Watters—who’s having an exceptional year—in the irons.

This six-year-old gelding moneyed five of his eight career starts, winning three. He actually has had more success at the hurdles than his competitors in this nine-horse field.

Jack Fisher trains Prayer Hope for DASH Stable. He tapped Watters to saddle Prayer Hope for his most recent hurdles win, a 2-3/8 miles run at Malvern in May.

In race eight, a 1-1/8 miles allowance run the main track for three-year-olds and upward, I like the second-favored (at 2/1), Runnin’ Ray, with top jockey Jose L. Ortiz aboard.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money six of his twelve career starts, winning four, including his two most recent races, one at Churchill Downs in June and the latest at Saratoga in July.

Regularly ranked among the best in both winnings and earnings, Joe Sharp trains Runnin’ Ray for owners Wayne Sanders and Highlander Training Center.

Race nine is the With Anticipation Stakes (Grade III), a $150,000 purse, 1-1/16 miles turf run for two-year-olds. I’m betting my two dollars on the 15/1 underdog, Kavod, ridden by Manny Franco.

This colt moneyed two of his four career starts, winning one. Notably, he finished second in the Tremont Stakes (Listed) at Belmont Park in June, then ran a gentleman’s fifth in the Sanford Stakes (Grade III) at Saratoga in July. What impresses me is that Kavod was still adding opponents to his dust trail when that race ended.

James K. Chapman trains Kavod for himself and Tritain Biddinger. Chapman has tapped Manny Franco to saddle Kavod for his three most recent races.

J.W. Paine
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