Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, October 5, 2021

| October 4, 2021 1:17 pm PDT

For my Tuesday picks, I assessed races at Finger Lakes Racetrack, Indiana Grand Race Course, and Parx Racing.

While I agreed with the morning line’s predictions at Parx, I found plenty of underdog action at Indiana Grand, and I even found a sleeper at Finger Lakes.

Remember to check out all three tracks’ full Tuesday race cards at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Good luck!

My Tuesday Picks for Finger Lakes Racetrack

Let’s start with race three, a 5-1/2 furlong allowance run on the main track for New York-bred three-year-olds and upward. My win ticket is on the 7/5 morning line favorite, Flying Emperor, ridden by Emanuel De Diego.

This four-year-old gelding has shown he’s got the chops for success in this five-horse field: He’s finished in the money all eleven of his career starts, with four wins.

Notably, in August, he also finished second in the George W. Barker Stakes (Black Type) at Finger Lakes.

James T. Wright trains Flying Emperor for owner John Hayek. Wright has put De Diego in the irons for all eleven of Flying Emperor’s races.

Race seven is a mile, and 70 yards allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. I’m sticking with the morning line on this one and betting the 8/5 favorite, Little Maddy Brown, with Jose  Baez aboard.

This five-year-old gelding moneyed six of his eight career starts, winning three. In this six-horse field, he’s the statistical stand-out.

Little Maddy Brown is trained by owner-breeder Stacy Ann Torelli, who’s tapped Baez to saddle Little Maddie Brown for all eight of his races.

For race eight—a mile and 70 yards allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races—I’m betting my two dollars on the 6/1 sleeper, Bellagio, with veteran jockey Harry Hernandez in the irons.

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

Not particularly encouraging, but his record makes him the statistical star of this lackluster field of six.

Michael S. Ferraro trains Bellagio for owner-breeder William C. Schettine. Hernandez was in the irons for Bellagio’s most recent win.

Tuesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

We begin on the main track with race one—a six-furlong allowance race for Indiana-bred three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races. I like the fourth-favored (at 5/1) Guard Duty, piloted by Fernando De La Cruz.

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

Among the top-ranked trainers in North America for nearly two decades, Robert M. Gorham trains Guard Duty for owner Marion F. Gorham.

We move to the turf for race three, a 1-1/16 miles allowance run for Indiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the 9/2 underdog, Revs Run, ridden by veteran jockey Marcelino Pedroza.

Just like the morning line favorite, this three-year-old filly moneyed six of her 11 career starts, winning one—but Revs Run has a much better 2021 record, with five money finishes in seven starts.

Terry Phillips trains Revs Run for owner-breeder Pine Tree Thoroughbred LLC. Phillips has tapped Pedroza to saddle Revs Run for his last three races, including a maiden graduation victory.

Race eight is a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming race on the turf course for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the second-favored (at 7/2) Mrs Claus, ridden by Adam Beschizza.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money all three of her career stars, winning two—her initial maiden attempt a year ago September at Indiana Grand and an allowance race at Ellis Park this past August.

She also finished third in the Indiana Grand Stakes (Listed) last month. In this nine-horse field, she’ll do.

Ranked among the top 100 in his profession since 2016, Brendan P. Walsh trains Mrs Claus for owner-breeder Godolphin, LLC.

Tuesday’s Picks for Parx Racing

Let’s start with race seven, a 6-1/2 furlong allowance optional claiming race on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 9/5 morning line favorite, Milton the Monster, ridden by top jockey Frankie Pennington.

This four-year-old gelding moneyed five of his eight career starts, winning one. In this uninspiring field of eight, he’s a slight stand-out.

Triple Crown winning trainer (2004, Smarty Jones) John C. Servis trains Milton the Monster for owners Robert Brittingham, James Wasserson, and Louis A. Bisso, Jr.

We’re on the turf for race eight, a mile, and 70 yards allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward.

This one’s easy: Whichever horse Frankie Pennington rides in this race, bet that one to win.

It could be the also-eligible/MTO favorite Confirmed Genius, a three-year-old filly with a solid record of seven money finishes in 12 career starts, four of those wins.

Jamie Ness—who’s having one of his winningest years ever—trains Confirmed Genius for owners Morris E. Kernan, Jr., Yo Berbs, and Jagger Inc.

Or it could be Pennington’s alternate mount, the 7/2 underdog Boom Boom Girl. This four-year-old filly moneyed nine of her 17 career starts, winning two.

John C. Servis trains Boom Boom Girl for Carguys Racing LLC.

We’re back on the main track for race nine, a mile and 70 yards allowance run for three-year-olds and upward.

I like the 5/2 morning line favorite, The Jones Boy, with Frankie Pennington aboard.

This three-year-old gelding has shown a real talent at the mile-long events, with two wins in four career starts.

While he did not perform well in the Smarty Jones Stakes (Grade III) last month at Parx (placing last in the six-horse field) he proved eager to please in both his six-furlong maiden graduation run in early June and a subsequent one-mile allowance win later that same month.

John C. Servis trains The Jones Boy for Someday Farm. He chose Frankie Pennington to ride The Jones Boy for both of his career wins.

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