Best Horse Racing Bets for Saturday, September 25, 2021

| September 24, 2021 12:54 pm PDT

Parx Racing has a race-card brimming with stakes races, so my Saturday picks are all about those eight big-money matches. All told, these eight talent magnets are offering nearly three and a half million dollars in combined purses.

Sandwiched in between the Plum Pretty Stakes and the Alphabet Soup Handicap, we’ll find the Grade I Cotillion Stakes and, of course, the Pennsylvania Derby. With big money at stake and all the best horses and their connections on hand, Saturday is going to be a day at the races to remember.

Speaking of remembering, don’t forget to check out the full race-card at Parx Racing for Saturday at one of our top horseracing wagering sites.

Good luck!

Saturday’s Picks for Parx Racing

Race Six – Plum Pretty Stakes

We start with race six, the Plum Pretty Stakes, a $200,00 purse, 1-1/16 miles run on the main track for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 8/5 morning-line favorite, Chub Wagon, ridden by Jomar Torres.

There is no question about Chub Wagon’s skills: This three-year-old filly moneyed all ten of her career starts, winning nine, including the Shine Again Stakes (Black Type) at Pimlico in June, the Dashing Beauty Stakes (Black Type) at Delaware Park in July, and the Roamin Rachel Stakes (Black Type) at Parx earlier this month.

Jomar Torres saddled Chub Wagon for all three of those victories.

Race Seven – Parx Dirt Mile Stakes

Breeders’ Cup veteran Guadalupe Preciado trains Chub Wagon for owners Daniel J. Lopez and George Chestnut.

Race seven is the Parx Dirt Mile Stakes, a $200,000 purse, one-mile run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 8/5 favorite in this race, as well: Silver State, with Ricardo Santana, Jr. in the irons.

This four-year-old colt finished in the money for 11 of his 12 career starts, winning seven. He was acing 2021 until a third-place finish in the Whitney Stakes (Grade I) at Saratoga ended a six-race winning streak that started last October.

His two most recent wins were the Oaklawn Handicap (Grade II) in April at Oaklawn Park and the Hill’ N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap (Grade I) at Belmont Park in June.

Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen trains Silver State for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC. Asmussen has put Santana in the irons for every one of Silver State’s 12 career starts.

Race Eight – Greenwood Cup Stakes (Grade III)

Race eight is the Greenwood Cup Stakes (Grade III), a $200,000 purse, 1-1/2 mile run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the third-favored (at 5/1)  Math Wizard, with Ricardo Santana, Jr. aboard.

While the morning-line favorite in this race is no slouch, Math Wizard has the edge with triple-digit speed figures as well as some solid victories on his C.V.

For the record, this five-year-old moneyed ten of his 22 career starts, winning three, one of which was the 2019 Pennsylvania Derby (Grade I).

Co-owner Saffie A. Joseph, Jr. trains Math Wizard for John Fanelli, Collarmele Vitelli Stables LLC, Bassett Stables, Ioannis Zoumas, Wynwood Thoroughbreds, and himself.

Race Nine – Turf Monster Stakes (Grade III)

Let’s move to the grass for race nine, the Turf Monster Stakes (Grade III), a $300,000 purse, five-furlong run for three-year-olds and upward. I have to agree with the morning line here and tout the 9/5 favorite, Caravel, ridden by top jockey Jose L. Ortiz.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money for all ten of her career starts, winning seven, including The Very One Stakes (Listed) at Pimlico in May, the Goldwood Stakes (Black Type) at Monmouth Park in June, and the Caress Stakes (Grade III) at Saratoga in July.

H. Graham Motion—who has taken three horses to money finishes in each of the Triple Crown races over the years—trains Caravel for owners Bobby Flay and Elizabeth M. Merryman (who is also Caravel’s breeder).

Race Ten – Gallant Bob Stakes (Grade II)

We’re back to the main track for race ten, the Gallant Bob Stakes (Grade II), a $1,000,000 purse, six-furlong run for three-year-olds. I’m betting all two of my dollars on the 4/5 morning-line favorite, Jackie’s Warrior, ridden by top jockey Joel Rosario.

This colt finished in the money nine of his ten career starts, with seven of those wins, including the Pat Day Mile Stakes (Grade II) at Churchill Downs in May, as well as the Amsterdam Stakes (Grade II) and the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial Stakes (Grade I)—both at Saratoga last month.

Steve Asmussen trains Jackie’s Warrior for owners J. Kirk Robison and Judy Robison. Asmussen tapped Rosario to saddle Jackie’s Warrior for his last nine races.

Race Eleven – Cotillion Stakes (Grade I)

Race eleven is the Cotillion Stakes (Grade I), a $1,000,000 purse, 1/16 miles run for three-year-old fillies. I’m buying a win ticket on the second-favored (at 7/2) Army Wife, piloted by Joel Rosario.

This filly moneyed eight of her ten career starts, winning four, which gives her a statistical advantage over the morning-line favorite. Army Wife’s wins include the George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Grade II) at Pimlico in May and the Iowa Oaks (Grade III) at Prairie Meadows in July. And yes, Rosario was in the irons for both of those victories.

Michael J. Maker trains Army Wife for Three Diamonds Farm.

Race Twelve – Pennsylvania Derby (Grade I)

Race twelve is the Pennsylvania Derby (Grade I), a $1,000,000 purse, 1-1/8 miles run for three-year-olds. My money’s on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Medina Spirit, ridden by John R. Velazquez.

This colt finished in the money for all eight of his career starts, winning four, including the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Grade III) at Santa Anita in January and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in May. While many of this ten-horse field have solid credentials, none come close to those of Medina Spirit.

Multiple Eclipse Award winner and Hall of Famer Bob Baffert trains Medina Spirt for Zedan Racing Stables. Baffert has tapped Velasquez to saddle Medina Spirt for his six most recent rides, including his Kentucky Derby victory.

Race Thirteen – Alphabet Soup Handicap

Race thirteen takes us back to the turf course for the Alphabet Soup Handicap, a $200,000 purse, 1-1/16 miles run for Pennsylvania-bred three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 8/1 sleeper Prince of Rain, with veteran jockey Inoel Beato in the irons.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money for all eight of his career starts, winning three. He most recently finished third in the Banjo Picker Sprint Stakes (Black Type) at Parx. Inoel Beato has been in the irons for Prince of Rain’s most recent four races.

Michael Zalalas trains Prince of Rain for Z and Z Stables, which he co-owns with his brother, Angelo Zalalas, Prince of Rain’s breeder.

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