Best Horse Racing Bets for Saturday, October 23, 2021

| October 22, 2021 1:33 pm PDT

I went to Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, and Santa Anita Park for my Saturday picks. After all, all three tracks feature stakes races for our weekend enjoyment.

Don’t forget that our best horseracing wagering sites have all the details for Saturday’s races, including horses, jockeys.

Good luck!

My Saturday Picks for Belmont Park

We’ll start on the turf course with race two, a seven-furlong allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the first half of the 1/1A coupled entry, Scuttlebuzz, ridden by Jose Lezcano.

The morning line has this four-year-old gelding at 5/2, and he’s definitely a standout in this nine-horse field.

For the record, Scuttlebuzz finished in the money nine of his 13 career starts, winning four, but he’s done most of his best work in the last 12 months.

His 2021 record is much more impressive: Five money finishes in six starts, three of those wins.

Ranked highly in both wins and earnings for the last eleven years, Rudy R. Rodriguez trains Scuttlebuzz for La Marca Stable.

Race eight is the Noble Damsel Stakes (Grade III), a $200,000 purse, one-mile run on the grass for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the 9/2 underdog, Shifty She, with veteran jockey Edwin Gonzalez in the irons.

This five-year-old mare moneyed six of her nine career starts, winning five, including the Powder Break Stakes (Black Type) in May and the Ginger Punch Stakes (Black Type) in June, both at Gulfstream. Gonzalez was aboard for both of those stakes victories.

Also notable is her tight fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes (Grade III) in September.

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. trains Shifty She for owners Chris Pallas and Harvey E. Rothenberg.

We’re still on the turf for race nine, the Hill Prince Stakes (Grade II)—a $400,000 purse, 1-1/8 mile run for three-year-olds. I’m betting my two dollars on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Public Sector, piloted by top jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.

This colt finished in the money for seven of his eight career starts, winning four, including his two most recent races, the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (Grade II) in August and the Saranac Stakes (Grade III) in September, both at Saratoga.

Four-time Eclipse Award winner Chad C. Brown trains Public Sector for Klaravich Stables, Inc. Brown also tapped Ortiz to saddle Public Sector for the Saranac Stakes victory.

Saturday’s Picks for Gulfstream Park

We’re on the all-weather track for race three, the Journeyman Stud Juvenile Stakes—a $60,000 purse one-mile and 70 yards run for Florida-bred two-year-olds. I’m betting on the 4/1 third-favored Hey Porter, ridden by Chantal Sutherland.

This gelding moneyed both of his career starts, winning his initial maiden attempt back in July and then finishing third in an allowance race in September. His speed figures are competitive, and I think he’ll surprise the rest of this eight-horse field.

Jorge Delgado trains Hey Porter for Joker Racing LLC. Delgado has put Sutherland in the irons for both of Hey Porter’s starts.

Race eight is the Khozan Juvenile Fillies Sprint Stakes, a $60,000 purse, seven-furlong main track run for two-year-old Florida-bred fillies. I’m going to agree with the morning-line here and bet on the 2/1 favorite, Harper Be Good, with veteran jockey Edgard J. Zayas in the irons.

This filly finished in the money for two of her three career starts, winning one. In addition to winning her second graduation attempt in August, she went on to finish second in the Our Dear Peggy Stakes (Black Type) in September. She’ll do.

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. trains Harper Be Good for owner-breeder Joseph M. Imbesi.

Race nine is a $60,000 purse one-mile handicap race on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 4/1 third-favored Pro Quality, ridden by Luca Panici.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money for 11 of his 13 career starts, winning four, including his most recent, the FTBOA Florida Sire Wildcat Heir Stakes (Black Type) in September here at Gulfstream.

Incidentally, the morning-line favorite in this race—Nobel Drama—finished third in that stakes race.

Ralph J. Catanese trains Pro Quality for owner-breeder Rodney G. Lundock. Catanese put Luca Panici in the irons for Pro Quality’s most recent three races—and Panici got triple-digit speed figures out of Pro Quality for all three.

Saturday Picks for Santa Anita Park

We’ll start on the main track with race six, a six-furlong allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m buying a win ticket on the 6/5 morning-line favorite, Big Sweep, with top jockey Abel Cedillo aboard.

This four-year-old filly moneyed seven of her eight career starts, winning three, including the Echo Eddie Stakes (Black Type) here at Santa Anita and the Fleet Treat Stakes (Black Type) at Del Mar, both in 2020.

Regularly ranked among the top 100 trainers in North America, Mark Glatt trains Big Sweep for owners Red Baron’s Barn LLC and Rancho Temescal LLC.

Race seven takes us to the turf course for the Lure Stakes, a $70,000 purse, one-mile run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 6/5 morning-line favorite here, Neptune’s Storm, piloted by Flavien Prat.

This five-year-old Kentucky gelding finished 17 of his 23 career starts in the money, winning seven, including the San Francisco Mile Stakes (Grade III) at Golden Gate Fields in 2020 and the Wickerr Stakes (Black Type) at Del Mar this past July.

While some of his competition in this six-horse field have some graded stakes experience, none have been campaigned quite so aggressively at that level. This is Neptune’s Storm’s race to lose.

Breeders’ Cup veteran Peter Miller trains Neptune’s Storm for owners CYBT, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig, and Daniel Weiner.

We’re back on the main track for race eight, a 1-1/16 mile allowance optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. Despite some reservations, I’m betting my two dollars on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Synthesis, with Tyler Baze in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding has an okay record—15 money finishes in 29 career starts, five of those wins. Not great, but better than anything the other competitors in this seven-horse field have posted.

Additionally, his early career was dedicated to campaigning at the stakes level, and while he ultimately proved to be a disappointment at that level, he did manage to finish third in the Best Pal Stakes (Grade II) at Del Mar in 2018.

Go ahead and snicker—but not until after you’ve looked at the records of his competition in this race.

Regularly top-ranked among his peers for the past two decades, Jeff Mullins trains Synthesis for owner Keith F. Johnston.

J.W. Paine
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