Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, September 21, 2021

| September 20, 2021 11:53 am PDT

As far as moneymakers are concerned, my Tuesday picks were either feast or famine. I found mostly morning-line favorites to tout at Finger Lakes Racetrack and Louisiana Downs, but the races I assessed at Mountaineer Racetrack yielded nothing but solid underdog performers. That includes a 6/1 underdog and an 8/1 sleeper, both of which should help to keep our bankrolls fat and sassy.

Don’t forget to check our best horseracing wagering sites for the complete race-cards of Tuesday’s featured tracks.

Good luck!

My Tuesday Picks for Finger Lakes Racetrack

Let’s start with race one, a six-furlong allowance run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won two races. My money’s on the 8/5 morning-line favorite, Gone and Forgotten, ridden by top jockey Luis E. Perez.

This three-year-old filly moneyed both of her career starts, finishing third in her initial maiden attempt last month, then graduating just two weeks later. She’s the stand-out in this short field of five.

Regularly ranked in the top 100 for wins since 2000, Michael S. Ferraro trains Gone and Forgotten for owner Barry K. Schwartz. Ferraro put Perez in the irons for both of Gone and Forgotten’s races.

For race three—a 5-1/2 furlong allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting my two dollars on the morning line’s 7/5 favorite, Night Cap, with Emanuel De Diego aboard.

This three-year-old filly is the stand-out in this five-horse field, and not just because she’s a filly competing against four older geldings: She won her first three career starts, missing the money in her last race with a fifth-place finish in the Lady Erie Stakes (Black Type).

Longtime racing veteran James T. Wright trains Night Cap for owner Joseph Gentile. Wright has tapped De Diego to saddle Night Cap for all of her professional runs.

Race eight is a one-mile-and-70-yards allowance run for New York-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. I like the second-favored (at 5/2) Whispering Rose, piloted by Oscar Gomez.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money for 12 of her 17 career starts, winning four. While she hasn’t been campaigned at the stakes level (like the morning-line favorite has), she also doesn’t have a string of also-rans at the stakes level (like the morning-line favorite has).

Ralph D’Alessandro trains Whispering Rose for Gumpster Stable LLC.

Tuesday Picks for Louisiana Downs

We’ll start on the main track for race three, a 5-1/2 furlong claiming run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won three races. I’m buying a win ticket for the 6/1 fourth-favored Hanging Lake, ridden by Alexander Castillo.

While none of the entries in this eight-horse field have much to say for themselves, Hanging Lake has the benefit of having the best record in 2021: Seven money finishes in ten starts, one of those a win. Trust me—that’s as good as it gets in this race.

Hanging Lake is trained by owner Mike Shamsie, who had Castillo in the irons for Hanging Lake’s most recent victory.

We’re moving to the turf course for race six, a one-mile allowance run for three-year-olds and upward. I like the 7/2 morning-line favorite, Burrow, with Richard E. Eramia aboard.

This three-year-old colt moneyed three of his four career starts, winning two—his maiden graduation in May at Churchill Downs and a claiming race in August at Evangeline Downs.

Newcomer Alex De Beauville trains Burrow for owner Richshundra Henderson.

Back to the main track for race seven, we’ve got a six-panel allowance optional claiming run for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m backing the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Golden Palace, ridden by Joel Dominguez.

This four-year-old gelding has the best of it in this ten-horse field, with 13 money finishes in 29 career starts, winning five. And in comparison to his competition, his stats in 2021 really pop; Eight finishes in the money out of 12 starts, with four of those wins.

Juan A. Larrosa trains Golden Palace for owner Joe Alfredo Castillo.

Tuesday’s Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack

Let’s start on the turf course with race two, a seven-furlong allowance run for three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races. My money’s on the 8/1 sleeper, Smart Ride, piloted by veteran jockey Andrew R. Ramgeet.

This four-year-old colt finished in the money three of his five career starts, winning two. That makes him the statistical leader in this otherwise lackluster 12-horse field.

Tina Ramgeet trains Smart Ride for Team Ramgeet Racing Stable LLC, which she owns with her husband, Andrew. Andrew has been in the irons for both of Smart Ride’s victories.

We’re on the main track for race six, a six-panel allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won two races (West Virginia-bred races not considered for eligibility).

I’m calling this one for the 6/1 underdog Vintage Sparkle, with Andrew Ramgeet aboard.

This three-year-old filly finished in the money eight of her 12 career starts, winning three. Yes, there are some stakes-level campaigners among the competition in this ten-horse field, but I believe Vintage Sparkle will make it to the winner’s circle.

Jami C. Poole—who’s posting her best win stats in over a decade—trains Vintage Sparkle for Hubel Farms LLC (E. J. Hubel). Poole has put Ramgeet in the irons for all three of Vintage Sparkle’s victories.

Race seven is a one-mile-and-70-yards allowance optional claiming run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 7/2 third-favored Charging Lion, with veteran jockey Luis Raul Rivera in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money 21 of his 41 career starts, winning six, which puts him in the statistical lead in this seven-horse field.

Ranked in the top 100 for both wins and earnings in 2020, Anthony Farrior trains Charging Lion for Bush Racing Stable.

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