Friday’s Best Horse Racing Bets (June 11, 2021)

| June 11, 2021 5:16 am PDT

I went with Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, and Pimlico Race Course as my featured tracks for Friday’s picks, and I found a good smattering of longer-odds underdogs at each of them.

By the way: You can always check the odds on any horse in any of the races with a quick visit to one of our recommended online racebooks.

Good luck!

My Friday Picks for Gulfstream Park

I’m starting with race three—a one-mile turf run for Florida-bred three-year-olds and upward. I agree with the morning line: My bet is on the 5/2 favorite, Kroy, for the win.

This race is something of a rematch between Kroy and fourth-favored (at 4/1) Til the End. In an April claiming race at Gulfstream, the pair dueled for first in the stretch. While Til the End finished half a length ahead of Kroy, but was later disqualified for interference, and Til the End’s official place was changed to fourth.

That said, Kroy—a seven-year-old gelding—is the standout in this eight-horse field, with a record of 18 money finishes in 30 career starts, nine of those wins. He moneyed in the 2017 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes (Grade II) and won a string of Black Type stakes races that same year.

Ancient history, you say? Well, he’s still winning races in 2021, and he’s still posting triple-digit speed figures. He’ll do.

Owner/trainer Armando De La Cerda has tapped jockey Emisael Jaramillo for this ride. Jaramillo was aboard for Kroy’s April win.

Still on the turf for race five—a 1-1/16 mile grass run for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m going with the 2/1 morning line favorite, Courted, with veteran jockey Samy Camacho in the irons.

This four-year-old filly moneyed six of her 12 career starts, winning one. Statistically, this eight-horse field is pretty tight, but Courted has the best of it in terms of 2021 performance (three money finishes in four starts, one of which was her maiden win).

Jorge R. Abreu trains Courted for owners NY Final Furlong Racing Stable and Brian Hahn.

Race seven is also on the turf course. It’s a one-mile grass run for fillies and mares three years old and upward, and I’m backing the fourth-favored (at 4/1) Lea Ro.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money nine of her 16 career starts, winning three—and her speed figures are competitive in this eight-horse field.

Ranked among the top 100 trainers in both wins and earnings every year since 2007, Michael J. Maker trains Lea Ro for owners Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher. Maker has selected veteran jockey Miguel Angel Vasquez to saddle Lea Ro for this run.

Friday’s Picks for Monmouth Park

We start at Monmouth with race two—a 1-1/16 miles turf run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on whichever horse Paco Lopez is riding.

If the race stays on the grass, then that would be the 8/5 turf favorite Summer to Remember. He is trained by Hall of Famer Todd A. Pletcher for Waterford Stable, this four-year-old colt moneyed six of his ten career starts, winning two.

If the race moves to the main track, Lopez will most likely be aboard the 2/1 MTO/also-eligible favorite Highest Honors. This five-year-old finished in the money three of his five career starts, winning two.

Breeders Cup superstar Chad C. Brown trains Highest Honors for owner W.S. Farish.

We move back to the main track for race three—a six-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies. My money is on the 8/5 morning line favorite, Fan Fan, ridden by Hector Rafael Diaz, Jr.

This filly has the best of it in this tightly-matched six-horse field: Four money finishes in five career starts, two of them wins.

Kathleen O’Connell trains Fan Fan for Ca Sal Stables, LLC.

In race four, a one-mile and 70 yard main track run for three-year-olds and upward, I’m buying a win ticket on the second-favored (at 2/1) Glory Song.

This five-year-old gelding’s record of 14 money finishes in 22 career starts, with four wins, puts him at an advantage over the favorite—as does the fact that he’s raced more recently than September 2020. I also like all those three-digit speed figures he’s been posting recently.

Yes, I see that the favorite, Candy Tycoon, placed second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade II) at Gulfstream back in February 2020, but he hasn’t won a race since breaking his maiden well over a year ago.

Jamie Ness—who’s been ranked among the top 100 trainers in both wins and earnings every year since 2008—trains Glory Song for owner/breeder Charles Lo. Ness has Ruben Silvera filling the irons for this run. Silvera was also aboard for Glory Song’s most recent win in March.

Friday Picks for Pimlico Race Course

Beginning with race four—a five-panel turf run for three-year-olds and upward—I like one of the second-favored entries (two at 7/2) in this race: Battlebus, ridden by Kevin Gomez.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money for seven of his 15 career starts, winning four.

A longtime veteran of East Coast thoroughbred racing, Linda L. Albert trains Battlebus for owner Not The 1 Stable, Inc. Albert has had Gomez in the irons for Battlebus’ four most recent races.

Race six is a 1-1/16 miles turf run for Maryland-bred or -sired three-year-olds and upward. My bet is on the morning line’s 3/1 turf favorite, Broker’s Reward.

This six-year-old gelding moneyed six of his 15 career starts, winning four, which makes him quite competitive in this 14-horse field.

Michael J. Trombetta—who took Sweetnorthernsaint to a second-place finish in the 2006 Preakness Stakes—trains Broker’s Reward for owner Marie Trombetta (his wife). He’s tapped Julian Pimentel to saddle Broker’s Reward for this run.

Back on the main track for race seven, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares three years old and upward, I’m betting on the fourth-favored (at 7/2) Larimar, ridden by veteran jockey Sheldon Russell.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money eight of her 11 career starts, winning four.

Jeremiah O’Dwyer, who was listed among the top 100 trainers for earnings in 2020, trains Larimar for DARRS, Inc. David A. Ross, who owns DARRS, Inc., is Larimar’s breeder.

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