Best Horse Racing Bets for Wednesday, September 8, 2021

| September 7, 2021 12:37 pm PDT

I found some solid underdog moneymakers at all three tracks I assessed for my Wednesday picks.

Penn National Race Course gave up the fewest, with a conditional third-favored choice among the morning-line favorites.

Presque Isle Downs served up better wagers, including a fifth-favored entry that ought to improve our bankroll’s outlook on life. And Remington Park took the prize, with two solid 8/1 sleepers to offset my single M/L fave at that track.

Remember that you can always find the full race card of any of the horseracing tracks I cover at any of our recommended horse racing betting sites.

Good luck!

Wednesday’s Picks for Penn National  Race Course

Let’s begin on the main track with race one, a six-furlong claiming run for three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races. I agree with the morning line, so I’m buying a win ticket on the 2/1 favorite, On Temple High, ridden by veteran jockey Angel R. Rodriguez.

In this short field of six, you won’t find a more likely prospect for the win than this three-year-old gelding: Five money finishes in ten career starts, and the two most recent were wins. And yes, Angel Rodriguez was in the irons for those two wins.

Closing in on $30 million in career earnings, longtime track veteran Ronald J. Dandy trains On Temple High for owners Old Five Oaks Farm and Gregory Garofalo.

We move to the turf course for race two, a one-mile-and-70-yards claiming run for three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races.

If William P. Otero enters the starting gate aboard Bock—the third-favored also-eligible/MTO entry—bet them to win.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed both his career starts, finishing second on his initial maiden attempt and graduating on his second.

Regularly ranked among the nation’s top trainers for the past decade, Timothy C. Kreiser trains Bock for owner Robert A. Derr.

If that doesn’t happen, my money’s on the 2/1 grass favorite, Declared, piloted by Angel R. Rodriguez. This four-year-old gelding moneyed three of his four career starts, winning one.

Declared is trained by Richard J. Hendriks for owner Debra E. Kachel.

Let’s skip down to race five, a six-panel starter allowance run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. I like the 2/1 morning line favorite for this one: His Name Is Sue, with Julio A. Hernandez in the irons.

This six-year-old gelding finished in the money for 24 of his 36 career starts, winning 12.

Timothy C. Kreiser trains His Name Is Sue for Bush Racing Stable.

My Wednesday Picks for Presque Isle Downs

We’re on the all-weather track for race five, a six-panel allowance run for Pennsylvania-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the second-favored (at 3/1) Oakmont Magic, ridden by top jockey Pablo Morales.

This three-year-old colt moneyed two of his three career starts, winning one, which puts him in the statistical lead of this nine-horse field.

J. Michael Baird trains Oakmont Magic for owner-breeder Ray Kohl. Baird put Morales in the irons for Oakmont Magic’s maiden victory.

Race six is a one-mile claiming run on the all-weather track for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 6/1 sleeper, Pendrell Moon, with Alexis Valdes aboard.

This six-year-old gelding had 21 money finishes in 34 career starts, seven of them wins, which gives him a significant statistical edge in this six-horse field.

Pendrell Moon is trained by owner Rory M. Barron.

For race seven—a one-mile allowance run on the all-weather track for fillies and mares three years old and upward—I’m buying a win ticket on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Bellissime, ridden by Pablo Morales.

This three-year-old filly was recently imported from Ireland, where she moneyed three of her six career starts, winning one. She was campaigned in stakes races in the U.K., most notably finishing second in the 2021 King Charles II Stakes (Listed) at Newmarket, in Suffolk, England. One caveat: Her most recent (and only) start in the U.S. resulted in a seventh-place finish at Indiana Grand.

Brendan P. Walsh trains Bellissime for Mrs. R. G. Hillen.

If that caveat above scared you off a bet on the favorite, you could do worse than betting your two dollars on the 9/2 fourth-favored entry in this race—Starship Goddess, with Walber Alencar aboard.

Trained by M. Anthony Ferraro for Starship Stables, this four-year-old filly moneyed five of her eight career starts, winning three.

Wednesday Picks for Remington Park

Let’s start on the turf course for race two, a five-furlong claiming run for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won three races. I like the 8/1 sleeper, Honeyfromthesouth, ridden by Alfredo Triana Jr.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money 12 of her 13 career starts, winning two. Her speed figures are consistently high—particularly in comparison to the rest of this nine-horse field. She’ll do.

Marissa Black trains Honeyfromthesouth for owner Margaret A. Landis. Incidentally, jockey Alfred Triana, Jr. is having a phenomenally successful 2021.

We’re back on the main track for race six, a one-mile-and-70-yards claiming run for three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races. While this race may be a squeaker, I’m still going to call it for the 8/1 sleeper, Clever Union, with Sasha Risenhoover in the irons.

This four-year-old colt moneyed seven of his nine career starts, winning two, which gives him a solid advantage in this eight-horse field.

Co-owner Terry Eoff trains Clever Union for Johnny B. Evans and himself. He has put Risenhoover in the irons for Clever Union’s most recent three races.

Race eight is a one-mile starter optional claiming run on the main track for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 3/1 morning-line favorite: Millwood, piloted by Reylu Gutierrez.

I put my faith in Millwood back in May for a mile-and-70-yards allowance run at Louisiana Downs, a faith which I’m happy to say he vindicated.

In this nine-horse field, the five-year-old gelding is again a standout: 14 money finishes in 28 career starts, eight of which were wins.

Top-ranked Karl Broberg trains Millwood for End Zone Athletics, Inc.

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