Best Horse Racing Bets for Thursday, September 2, 2021

| September 1, 2021 12:27 pm PDT

I found plenty of underdog moneymakers for my Thursday picks at the three tracks I selected—Charles Town Races, Del Mar Racing, and Remington Park.

We’ve got a lot to cover, so I’ll just mention here that you can check out the full race cards for all three tracks at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Good luck!

My Thursday Picks for Charles Town Races

We’re on the main track for race three, a seven-furlong allowance optional claiming race for West Virginia-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. My bet is going to be on the second-favored (at 5/2) Alpine Moon, with veteran jockey Keimar Trotman in the irons.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money for 22 of her 33 career starts, winning ten, including her most recent, an allowance race at Charles Town in July. In comparison, the morning-line favorite didn’t even money one of her three 2021 races.

Incidentally, I touted Alpine Moon for a race back in early July—which she won.

Russell E. Davis trains Alpine Moon for Bearowitz, LLC. Davis has tapped Trotman to saddle Alpine Moon for her last four wins.

Race five is a seven-furlong allowance main track race for West Virginia-bred three-year-olds and upward. My money is on the 6/5 morning-line favorite, Freedom Rider, ridden by top jockey Arnaldo Bocachica.

I touted this three-year-old colt in a couple of recent races, and he finished second in both, so I was a bit hesitant to call him for this race.

But the numbers don’t lie: Seven money finishes in nine career starts—one of those a win—says he’s the leader in this six-horse field.

West Virginia racing veteran Jeff C. Runco trains Freedom Rider for David M. Raim.

In race seven—a seven-furlong allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting my two dollars on the 6/1 underdog, Cayenne Creek, with Fredy Peltroche aboard.

This five-ear-old gelding moneyed 20 of his 33 career starts, winning eight, and his 2021 record suggests he’s got what it takes: Five money finishes in six starts, two of those wins. In this nine-horse field, he’ll do.

Cayenne Creek is trained by owner Lee Couchenour, who put Peltroche in the irons for Cayenne Creek’s two most recent victories.

Thursday’s Picks for Del Mar Racing

Let’s start on the main track at Del Mar with race three, a one-mile starter allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the 8/1 sleeper, Kattath, piloted by veteran jockey Victor Espinoza.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed both his career starts, graduating from the maiden class in early August at Del Mar after a third-place finish at Santa Anita for his first maiden attempt in June. I like Kattah’s high-speed figures.

This is a tough field of nine, with a couple of stakes showers in the mix—but their records are erratic, at best, so I see Kattah in the winner’s circle for this one.

Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup veteran Simon Callaghan trains Kattah for Red Cloak Farm. Callaghan put Espinoza in the irons for Kattah’s maiden victory.

For race five—a 6-1/2 furlong allowance optional claiming race on the main track for California-bred or -sired fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m banking on a win from one of the third-favored (there are three at 6/1) in this race: Another Eddie, ridden by top jockey Mario Gutierrez.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money five of her six career starts, winning two. That gives her a record comparable to that of the morning-line favorite and a slight edge in terms of the competition she faced in her earlier races. In this 12-horse field, she’ll need every bit of that edge.

British import Ben D. A. Cecil trains Another Eddie for owner-breeder Reddam Racing LLC. Cecil has tapped Gutierrez to saddle Another Eddie for all six of her career starts.

We switch to the turf course for race eight, an allowance optional claiming race for California-bred or -sired three-year-olds and upward. I agree with the morning line, so I’m betting my two dollars on the 5/2 favorite, Castle, with Abel Cedillo in the irons.

This eight-year-old gelding finished in the money 14 of his 20 career starts, winning seven, including the California Flag Handicap (Black Type) at Santa Anita in late 2019. He continues to post triple-digit speed figures.

Kentucky Derby veteran Kristin Mulhall trains Castle for Giddyup JR, LLC. She has put Cedillo in the irons for Castle’s last seven races.

Thursday Picks for Remington Park

We’re on the turf for race two, a 7-1/2 furlong claiming race for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the 3/1 morning-line favorite, Gold Vermilion, with veteran jockey Stewart Elliott aboard.

This three-year-old colt finished in the money for six of his nine career starts, winning one—and is the only one of the morning-line’s top four that has moneyed in anything but a maiden race.

Steven M. Asmussen trains Gold Vermilion for owners John L. Rogtiz and Asmussen has put Elliott in the irons for all five of Gold Vermilion’s 2021 runs.

We’re still on the turf for race six, a 7-1/2 furlong allowance race for Oklahoma-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Quality Rocket, ridden by Curtis Kimes, who’s having a very good 2021, racewise.

This seven-year-old gelding finished in the money 20 of his 33 career starts, winning ten, including his most recent, the Route 66 Stakes at Fair Meadows in late July. Incidentally, he also won last year’s Route 66 Stakes.

Boyd Caster trains Quality Rocket for owner Jeremy D. Ball.

Race nine is a 7-1/2 furlong allowance race on the turf for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the 6/1 fourth-favored Twilight Curfew with Reylu Gutierrez aboard.

While there are many stakes-level competitors in this 12-horse field, Twilight Curfew has shown she has what it takes. The three-year-old filly moneyed six of her ten career starts, winning one, giving her a slight statistical edge over the morning-line favorite.

Most notably, Twilight Curfew finished second in the Oklahoma Classics Lassie Stakes (Black Type) at Remington Park last October, missing the winner’s circle by 3/4 of a length.

With two decades in the training business, Ronnie E. Cravens III is at the top of his game. He trains Twilight Curfew for Champion Racing Stable.

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