Best Horse Racing Bets for Tuesday, September 7, 2021
If you like underdogs with a real shot at getting photo sessions in the winner’s circle on Tuesday, have I got some picks for you.
I took a look at Indiana Grand Race Course, Louisiana Downs, and Parx Racing, and stumbled upon plenty of underdog moneymakers at all three. Heck, I even found an 8/1 sleeper at Louisiana Downs.
Don’t forget that you can see the entire race-card at all three tracks at one of our top online racebooks.
My Tuesday Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course
We’ll start on the main track with race one, a 5-1/2 furlong claiming run for Indiana-bred three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races. My money’s on the second-favored (at 3/1) Astroman, with veteran jockey Orlando Mojica aboard.
This three-year-old gelding finished in the money five of his seven career starts, winning two, including his most recent race last month. He also finished third in last September’s Hillsdale Stakes (Black Type) at Indiana Grand.
Race five is a 5-1/2 furlong allowance run for Indiana-bred and -sired three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races. I like one of the 8/1 underdogs, Sudden Shift, ridden by Eduardo E. Perez.
While his connections may have been a bit too ambitious with his 2021 concentration on stakes races, this three-year-old gelding’s record rivals that of the favorite: six money finishes in ten career starts, winning two. Notably, he finished second in last November’s Indiana Futurity (Black Type) at Indiana Grand.
Robert M. Gorham has been in the top 1000 of his profession in both wins and earnings every year since 2014. He trains Sudden Shift for Mast Thoroughbreds LLC.
We move to the turf for race six, a 1-1/16 miles allowance run for Indiana-bred and -sired fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m buying a win ticket on the 1/1 morning-line favorite, Myers Tiger, piloted by Thomas L. Pompell.
This four-year-old filly finished eight of her ten career starts in the money, winning four of them.
Racing veteran Kim Hammond trains Myers Tiger for owners Willowbrook Stables, Ltd. (Neiman) and Jerry Carden. Hammond tapped Pompell to saddle Myers Tiger for his two most recent wins.
Tuesday Picks for Louisiana Downs
We start on the turf course with race one, a 7-1/2 furlong claiming run for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races. My money’s on the 5/1 third-favored Sweet Rachel, with Juan P. Vargas in the irons.
This four-year-old gelding moneyed all four of his career starts, winning one. He’s never finished worse than second place, and his speed figures have been consistently high. In comparison to the rest of this six-horse field, he’s a natural choice.
Jorge Lara trains Sweet Rachel for owner-breeder Chad White. Lara has Vargas in the irons for all four of Sweet Rachel’s races. Incidentally, Vargas is having a phenomenal 2021.
Back on the main track for race two, a six-panel claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m calling this one for the third-favored (at 4/1) Country Dream, with Jorge Guzman aboard.
Jeffery A. Reeves, Jr. trains Country Dream for Jeffery A. Reeves.
Race three takes us back to the grass for a one-mile claiming run on the turf course for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won three races. My money’s on the 8/1 sleeper, Zydeco Music, ridden by Alexander Castillo.
This four-year-old filly moneyed six of her nine career starts, winning two.
For comparison, the morning-line favorite finished three of her eight races in the money, with two wins.
Co-owner/breeder Barney Core trains Zydeco Music for himself and Regina Core.
Tuesday’s Picks for Parx Racing
Let’s start on the turf for race eight, a 1-1/8 miles claiming run for three-year-olds and upward.
If Ruben Silvera enters the starting gate aboard the heavily-favored (6/5) Ghost Hunter, bet them to win. This 11-year-old gelding moneyed 49 of his 68 career starts, winning 24, including his two most recent claiming races at Delaware Park.
The regularly top-ranked Jamie Ness trains Ghost Hunter for Jagger Inc.
If, on the other hand, Silvera rides the also-eligible/MTO second-favored (at 3/1 Legal Gump into the gate, pretend you don’t know them and bet instead on the 7/2 third-favored American Ninja, with top jockey Paco Lopez in the irons.
This six-year-old gelding finished in the money 15 of his 33 career starts, winning seven. If Ghost Hunter’s not in the race, then American Ninja is your best bet. Joseph Taylor—another racing veteran with top rankings on his CV—trains American Ninja for owner Jose A. Gallegos.
We’re on the main track for race nine, a one-mile-and-70-yardss claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 7/2 second-favored Factor This In, ridden by veteran jockey Frankie Pennington.
This seven-year-old gelding finished in the money 24 of his 46 career starts, winning 11.
Jamie Ness—a top-ranked trainer who’s having a very good 2021—trains Factor This In for owner Yo Berbs.
Race ten is a one-mile claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won four races. I’m calling this one for one of the fourth-favored entries (there are three at 6/1) in this race—Pearly Queen, piloted by Jorge Luis Gonzalez.
This four-year-old filly moneyed six of her nine career starts, winning three, giving her the statistical advantage in this ten-horse field.
Newcomer Ernesto Padilla-Preciado trains Pearly Queen for owner John E. Parker.