Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, September 22, 2021

| September 21, 2021 12:05 pm PDT

For my hump-day picks, I found myself mostly agreeing with the morning-lines at both Indiana Grand Race Course and Thistledown Racino—but I discovered nothing but underdogs at Remington Park, including two 8/1 sleepers.

Before you rush down to see what all the commotion’s about, remember to review the entire Wednesday race-cards at all three tracks with a quick visit to one of our top online racebooks.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s Picks for Indiana Grand Race Course

We start with race one, a six-furlong claiming run on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won three races. I agree with the morning line and betting on the 1/1 favorite, Joy in the Journey, ridden by veteran jockey Marcelino Pedroza.

This six-year-old mare moneyed ten of her 18 career starts, winning two. She’s consistently posted high-speed figures since winning her initial maiden attempt.

In the top 100 for wins the past four years, Genaro Garcia trains Joy in the Journey for owners Southwest Racing Stables and Steve H. Lewis.

Race two is a six-panel starter optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the second-favored (at 7/2) Oil Money, with Emmanuel Esquivel in the irons.

While the favorite has a slight paper edge on this five-year-old gelding, Oil Money has won more stakes races, and his speed figures are regularly in the triple digits.

For the record, Oil Money finished 16 of his 28 career starts in the money, with 11 of those wins, including the Zia Park Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) in 2018, the Golden Boy Stakes at Assiniboia Downs in 2019, and the Highland Ice Stakes (Black Type) at Will Rogers Downs in 2020.

Longtime horse racing veteran Michael L. Reavis trains Oil Money for Donato Family Racing, LLC.

Let’s go to the turf course for race three, a 1-1/16 miles starter optional claiming run for three-year-olds and upward. I like the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Sniper Kitten, with Christopher A. Emigh aboard.

Campaigned heavily at the stakes level, this six-year-old finished in the money 13 of his 22 career starts, winning seven. He’s posted triple-digit speed figures regularly throughout his career. He’ll do.

Brittany A. Vanden Berg trains Sniper Kitten for RSR Racing Services, LLC (Robert S. Rhoads).

My Wednesday Picks for Remington Park

We start on the main track for race three, a six-furlong claiming race for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won two races. I’m betting my two dollars on the 8/1 sleeper, Pearly, with top jockey Ramon A. Vazquez in the irons.

This three-year-old filly moneyed five of her eight career starts, winning one—her initial maiden attempt. In comparison, the favorite took six tries to graduate.

Pearly is trained by owner Steve F. Williams, whose 2021 earnings as a trainer are the best he’s seen since 2006.

We’re on the turf course for race six, a 7-1/2 furlong starter optional claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the 8/1 sleeper here, as well: Lady Lex, ridden by Curtis Kimes.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money for 11 of her 21 career starts, winning nine. She’s currently on a four-win streak, with two wins each at Will Rogers and Fair Meadows.

Co-owner James Jay Pasquali trains Lady Lex for R. J. Helton and himself.

We’ve got more turf action in race nine, a five-furlong allowance race for three-year-olds and upward. I like the 4/1 second-favored Onward, ridden by veteran jockey Stewart Elliott.

This four-year-old colt finished in the money seven of his 15 career starts, winning four—which gives him a better overall record than that of Replete, the morning-line favorite.

Also, Onward has won four races since November 2019—which also happens to be the last time Replete visited the winner’s circle.

Onward is owned and trained by Steven M. Asmussen.

Wednesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

Let’s start on the main track with race one, a quarter-mile (two furlongs) claiming race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m buying a win ticket on the 3/1 second-favored entry, Immaculate Heart, with Malcolm Franklin aboard.

This five-year-old mare has a better record than the favorite, finishing in the money 20 of her 35 career starts, winning seven. I like that the comment that’s likely next to Immaculate Heart’s name in the race reports is “full of run.”

Immaculate Heart is trained by owner Jose Atala, who is having a phenomenally successful 2021 for both wins and earnings.

Race five is a six-furlong starter optional claiming race on the main track for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward. I like the 3/1 morning-line favorite, Nick Can Fix, piloted by veteran jockey Luis Raul Rivera.

This eight-year-old gelding is far and away the statistical leader in this seven-horse field: 28 money finishes in 33 career starts, with 16 wins.

Notably, Nick Can Fix finished second in last month’s Best of Ohio Honey Jay Stakes (Black Type) at Thistledown.

Shane Meyers trains Nick Can Fix for Mark Yagour, Inc. Meyers put Rivera in the irons for Nick Can Fix’s four most recent victories.

For race seven—a six-panel allowance race on the main track for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m betting my two dollars on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Esplanande, ridden by Malcolm Franklin.

This three-year-old filly finished all ten of her career starts in the money, winning six of them.

While the second-favored Sally Strong has a slightly better record on paper, Esplanande has been much more aggressively campaigned in at the stakes level. This contender won the Hoover Stakes (Black Type) at Belterra in July 2020, the Best of Ohio Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes (Black Type) at Thistledown in August 2020, and the Best of Ohio Diana Stakes (Black Type) this past May at Belterra.

Timothy E. Hamm trains Esplanande for owners Winstar Farm LLC, Blazing Meadows Farm LLC, and Michael Lewis.

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