Best Horse Racing Bets for Friday, September 3, 2021

| September 2, 2021 2:48 pm PDT

My chosen tracks for Friday’s picks are Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga Racecourse. While Gulfstream was very stingy with the underdogs, I found a 6/1 sleeper at Monmouth Park, and Saratoga was all about our bankrolls, yielding three underdog moneymakers. Thanks for looking out for us, Saratoga!

I know you want to get to the good stuff, but take a moment to check out the full race cards at all three tracks at one of our top horseracing wagering sites.

Good luck!

My Friday Picks for Gulfstream Park

Race three starts us off on the main track with a seven-furlong claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. My bet is on the 8/5 morning-line favorite, Tonalism, ridden by top jockey Emisael Jaramillo.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed five of his eight career starts, winning three, taking the statistical lead in this uneven field of seven. Some of his competitors have been aggressively campaigned at the stakes level—particularly the third-favored Old Time Revival—but their successes were mostly back in the Teens.

Juan Carlos Avila trains Tonalism for Shivam Maharaj Racing LLC. Avila put Jaramillo in the irons for Tonalism’s most recent two races.

We’re on the turf course for race eight, a one-mile allowance optional claiming run for Florida-bred three-year-olds and upward.

If Emisael Jaramillo rides the 9/5 grass favorite Plenum into the starting gate, bet them to win. Plenum moneyed seven of his ten career starts, winning two, and his 2021 record is four money finishes in four starts, with one win. Most notably, he’s moneyed his last seven races.

Plenum is trained by Oscar M. Gonzalez for owner-breeder Just For Fun Stable LLC.

If Jaramillo does not ride Plenum in this race, then buy your win ticket on the 3/1 second-favored Kaufy Bean, ridden by Hector Isaac Berrios.

This four-year-old colt moneyed eight of his 18 career starts, winning four.

Kaufy Bean is trained by Armando De La Cerda for Marco Thoroughbred Corp.

We’re back on the main track for race nine, a six-panel allowance optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the second-favored (at 7/2) Pudding, with Chantal Sutherland in the irons.

Like the morning-line favorite, this six-year-old gelding won his last four races, but unlike the favorite, he didn’t spend half his career trying to graduate from the maiden class. For the record, Pudding moneyed 18 of his 26 career starts, winning eight.

Pudding is trained by owner Elizabeth L. Dobles, who tapped Sutherland to saddle Pudding for his two most recent wins.

Friday Picks for Monmouth Park

We’re on the main track at Monmouth for race two; a six-furlong allowance run for three-year-olds. I’m buying a win ticket on the 7/2 third-favored Don’t Losemymoney, piloted by Wilmer A. Garcia.

This three-year-old gelding finished in the money seven of his eight career starts, winning three.

Douglas Nunn—who started out decades ago as a jockey for Hall of Famer Mack Miller—trains Don’t Losemymoney for Winner Circle Stables, LLC.

Moving to the turf for race seven—a five-furlong allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward—my money’s on the 6/1 sleeper, Exact, with veteran jockey Mychel J. Sanchez aboard.

This three-year-old filly finished eight of her ten career starts in the money and won four of them, giving her the solid statistical lead in this nine-horse field.

Longtime Jersey-bred trainer Michael M. Moore works Exact for Michael R. Day.

Race eight is a six-panel claiming run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the 4/5 morning-line favorite, Sneakiness, ridden by top jockey Paco Lopez.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed ten of his 19 career starts, winning four.

Ranked among the top 100 of his peers in wins for 2020, Jose H. Delgado trains Sneakiness for K12 LLC. Delgado has tapped Lopez to saddle Sneakiness for his three most recent runs.

Friday’s Picks for Saratoga Racecourse

We’ll begin on the turf for race seven, a one-mile allowance optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting both of my dollars on fourth-favored (at 9/2) Principled Stand, with top jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons.

This four-year-old colt won both of his career starts. Still, there are plenty of good thoroughbreds and top jockeys in this eleven-horse field, but I see Principled Stand in the winner’s circle again.

Triple Crown/Breeders’ Cup veteran and four-time Eclipse Award winner Chad C. Brown trains Principled Stand for Klaravich Stables, Inc. Brown tapped Ortiz to saddle Principled Stand for his most recent victory.

We’re back on the main track for race eight, a seven-furlong allowance run for New York-bred three-year-olds and upward. I like the 5/1 third-favored Prince of Pharoahs, ridden by Jose L. Ortiz.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money five of his nine career starts, winning one. Notably, he finished second in the Jerome Stakes (Listed) at Aqueduct in 2020. I’m also encouraged by his consistently high-speed figures.

No stranger to the Triple Crown races and the Breeders’ Cup series, Linda Rice trains Prince of Pharoahs for owners Darlene Bilinski and Harry Patten.

Race nine is the Lucky Coin Stakes—a $120,000 purse, 5-1/2 furlong turf run for four-year-olds and upward. I see plenty of possibilities in this eight-horse field, but I’m buying a win ticket on the 9/2 fourth-favored Backtohisroots, ridden by Luis Saez.

This run is for four-year-olds and up that haven’t won a stakes race this year, so there’s no dearth of qualified entrants, but somehow they winnowed the race down to a field of eight.

What I like about Backtohisroots is that he was regularly posting triple-digit speed figures while building a competitive record: Nine money finishes in 13 career starts, three of those wins, including the Atlantic Beach Stakes (Black Type) at Aqueduct in 2018.

Breeders’ Cup veteran and regularly top-ranked in his profession for earnings, John P. Terranova II trains Backtohisroots for Gatsas Stables.

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