Top Horse Racing Picks for Saturday, July 16, 2022

| July 15, 2022 1:25 pm PDT

Our Saturday horse racing picks come from three of my favorite tracks—Canterbury Park, Laurel Park, and Lone Star Park.

The race-cards of each of the three features four stakes matches, and the competition for the big dollars looks to be intense.

Remember to check out the full race cards sof each track at one of our best sites for horse racing betting.

Good luck!

My Saturday Horse Racing Picks for Canterbury Park

Race five — Victor S. Myers Stakes

This is a $60,000 purse, six-furlong run for three-year-old Minnesota-bred colts and geldings. I’m going to agree with the morning-line here and bet my two dollars on the 8/5 favorite in this seven-horse field:  Love the Nest, ridden by veteran jockey Ry Eikleberry.

This bay colt moneyed all four of his career starts, winning three, including the Northern Lights Futurity (Black Type) last September here at Canterbury Park. He’ll do.

Thirty-year horse racing veteran Joel Berndt trains Love the Nest for Lothenbach Stables, Inc. (Bob Lothenbach).

Race six — Frances Genter Stakes

This is an $60,000 purse, six-furlong race for three-year-old Minnesota-bred fillies. Even though there are more experienced fillies in this race, I’m sticking with the 2/1 morning-line favorite: Brewhouse, piloted by Nik G. Goodwin.

This chestnut filly aced her initial maiden attempt here at Canterbury Park earlier this month—and by a 5-1/2 length margin. Her speed figures say she’s got more where that came from.

McLean Robertson, who’s been in the top 100 for both wins and earnings for the past 12 years, trains Brewhouse for owners Vicki McGowan and John Mentz.

Race seven — Ralph Strangis Stakes

This is a $50,000 purse, 7-1/2 furlong turf run for Minnesota-bred colts and geldings three years old and upward. Whichever horse Luis A. Fuentes rides into the starting gate, bet them to win.

On turf, that would be the third-favored King of the Kids, trained by Joel Berndt for Lothenbach Stables, Inc. (Bob Lothenbach). This three-year-old gelding moneyed three of his five career starts, winning two.

Fuentes’ other mount is the third-favored also-eligible (MTO) Dame Plata, trained by Francisco Bravo for owners Ann Sachdev and Lori Bravo. This six-year-old gelding has plenty of experience taking the lead, with 21 money finishes in his 28 career starts—12 of those wins.

Race eight — Minnesota Turf Distaff Stakes

This is a $50,000 purse, 7-1/2 furlong turf run for Minnesota-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. Looks like the morning-line is correct again: bet the 5/2 favorite, Ready to Runaway, with veteran jockey Roimes Chirinos aboard.

This six-year-old dark bay mare has been winning stakes races and posting triple digit speed figures her entire career. For the record, she finished 23 of her 25 career starts in the money, winning 13 of them.

Her most recent stakes victories were the Minnesota Turf Distaff Stakes (Black Type) last July and the Glitter Star Stakes last August—both here at Canterbury Park.

McLean Robertson trains Ready to Runaway for owner John Mentz.

Saturday’s Picks for Laurel Park

Race seven — Prince George’s County Stakes

This is a $100,000 purse, 1-1/8 mile turf run for three-year-olds and upward. While the morning-line favorite, Pixelate, has been successfully campaigned at the graded stakes level throughout his career, he hasn’t taken a pro turn around the track since last December.

That’s why my money’s on the second-favored (at 9/5) Beacon Hill, with Victor R. Carrasco in the irons.

This dark bay five-year-old gelding moneyed eight of his eleven career starts, winning three.

Yes, I see that this race’s third-favorite, Eon, beat Beacon Hill in the Bensalem Match Series Stakes (Black Type) at Parx Racing in June, but by the nose isn’t exactly a resounding resume enhancer, and Eon’s other races are not even that impressive.

Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup veteran Michael R. Matz trains Beacon Hill for Runnymoore Racing, LLC.

Race eight — Alma North Stakes

This is a $100,000 purse, 6-1/2 furlong race on the dirt track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. The morning-line favorite, Chub Wagon, hasn’t let me down either of the times I picked her to win, so I’m not gonna let her down by betting on a pretender.

This five-year-old mare moneyed all twelve of her career starts, and won eleven of them. Her last eight starts were stakes races, and the worst she did in those was a tight second in the Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial Stakes (Black Type) last August at Parx.

Chub Wagon’s got Silvestre Gonzalez in the irons for this race, who also saddled her for the Power by Far Stakes (Black Type)—her most recent win at Parx in June.

Guadalupe Preciado trains Chub Wagon for owners Daniel J. Lopez and George Chestnut.

Race nine — Big Dreyfus Stakes

This is a $100,000 purse, 1-1/8 miles turf race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the British import, Petricor, piloted by top jockey Victor R. Carrasco.

The 5/2 favorite in this ten-horse field, Petricor, moneyed four of her six career starts, winning three, including the Prix Finlande (Listed) at Longchamp in May of 2021.

She finished second the month prior to that in the Prix Vanteaux (Group III), and here in the States, she finished a tight fourth in the Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs just last month.

Fifty-year horse racing veteran and Hall of Famer William I. Mott trains the four-year-old Petricor for Juddmonte.

Race ten — Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes

This is a $150,000 purse, six-furlong dirt track run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting on the second-favored (at 2/1) Wondrwherecraigis, ridden by veteran jockey Sheldon Russell.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money nine of his 12 career starts, winning seven. Those wins include the Bold Ruler Handicap (Grade III) at Belmont Park last October and the Fire Plug Stakes (Black Type) here at Laurel Park in January.

Brittany T. Russell trains Wondrwherecraigis for owners Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, LLC (Stuart Grant), Madaket Stables LLC, and Bethlehem Stables LLC.

Saturday Horse Racing Picks for Lone Star Park

Race five — Wasted Tears Stakes

This is a $150,000 purse, 1-1/16 miles turf race for fillies and mares three years old and upward. In this unimpressive seven-horse field, I’m going to bet the 2/1 favorite, Disappearing Act, with veteran jockey Joe Bravo aboard.

This five-year-old dark bay mare finished eight of her 15 career starts in the money, winning three. Not exactly Kentucky Oaks material, but he makes up for it with an impressive set of triple-digit speed figures for four of her last five races.

Plus, she finished second in the Astra Stakes (Grade III) at Santa Anita in January. So she’s got that going for her. Which is nice.

Thirty-year horse racing veteran Richard Baltas trains Disappearing Act for owner-breeder BHMFR, LLC.

Race six — Chicken Fried Stakes

This is a $150,000 purse, five-furlong turf run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. My money’s on the 8/5 favorite, Running Memories, ridden by Joe Bravo.

This four-year-old dark bay filly moneyed ten of her 14 career starts, winning seven.  her most recent wins were a couple of handicaps (one on turf, the other on the all-weather track) at Gulfstream earlier this year.

While her performance in stakes runs earlier in her career was not exactly sterling, Running Memories’ improving speed figures suggest that she’s getting the hang of this whole winner’s circle thing.

Longtime horse racing veteran Joseph F. Orseno trains Running Memories for Donald R. Dizney LLC.

Race eight — Grand Prairie Turf Sprint Stakes

This is a $150,000 purse, five-furlong turf run for three-year-olds and upward. Looks like the morning-line got an upgrade to their crystal ball, because I can’t argue with the choices. In this case, I’m backing the 5/2 favorite, Excess Magic, with Reylu Gutierrez aboard.

This dark bay four-year-old colt moneyed ten of his 12 career starts, winning six. His most recent victory was the Chamberlain Bridge Stakes (Black Type) here at Lone Star in May.

W. Bret Calhoun trains Excess Magic for owner-breeder William T. Reed.

Race nine — Texas Turf Classic Stakes

This is a $300,000 purse, 1-1/8 miles turf run for three-year-olds and upward. This one’s a no-brainer pick: Bet the 2/1 favorite, Field Pass, piloted by top jockey Javier Castellano.

This gray roan five-year-old finished in the money 16 of his 26 career starts, winning eight. His most recent stakes win was the Seabiscuit Handicap (Grade II) at Del Mar last November.

He also notably finished third in both the Henry S. Clark Stakes (Listed) at Laurel Park in April and the Arlington Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs just last month.

Breeders’ Cup veteran Michael J. Maker trains Field Pass for Three Diamonds Farm.

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J.W. Paine
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