Top Horse Racing Picks for Tuesday, March 8, 2022
I visited Mahoning Valley Race Course, Parx Racing, and Sunland Park for my Tuesday horseracing picks, discovering sleepers at both Mahoning and Parx—and surprisingly, mostly favorites at Sunland.
Remember that you can find the full Tuesday race-cards for all three tracks at our recommended horseracing wagering sites.
Tuesday Picks for Mahoning Valley Race Course
Let’s start on the dirt track with race six, a six-furlong allowance race for three-year-olds and upward. I’m backing the statistical leader in this seven-horse field—the third-favored (at 4/1) Galactic, ridden by David J. Haldar.
This six-year-old gelding’s record says it all: He finished 23 of his 34 career starts in the money, winning ten.
Forty-year horseracing veteran James H. McDonald trains Galactic for owner Ulises Cacho. Jockey David Haldar has been in the irons for Galactic’s last three wins.
Race seven is a six-furlong claiming race on the dirt track for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I agree with the morning line here: Bet the 5/2 favorite, Lucky Quarters, piloted by Luis Raul Rivera.
The clear choice in this eight-horse field, this five-year-old mare moneyed 13 of her 17 career starts, winning seven.
Trainer Jeffrey A. Radosevich tapped Rivera to saddle Lucky Quarters for her last five races, resulting in four victories.
Regularly ranked in the top 100 for wins for the past two decades, Radosevich trains Lucky Quarters for owner Michael J. Friedman.
Race eight is a six-furlong claiming race for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward that have not won two races since September 8. I’m betting my two dollars on the 6/1 sleeper, Drumbeg, with veteran jockey Charle Oliveros aboard.
This six-year-old mare finished nine of her 18 career starts in the money, winning eight of them.
Forty-year horseracing veteran Ramon Salcedo trains Drumbeg for Campos Family Ventures LLC.
My Tuesday Picks for Parx Racing
We’ve got four stakes races on the card here at Parx. Let’s start with race seven, the Main Line Stakes—a $100,000 purse, one mile and 70 yards run on the dirt track for three-year-old fillies. My money’s on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Morning Matcha, with top jockey Frankie Pennington aboard.
She moneyed all eight of her career starts, winning two. Most notably, she finished second in all three of her stakes races—the Finest City Stakes (Black Type) at Presque Isle Downs last September, the New York Stallion Series Stakes (Black Type) at Aqueduct in December, and the Busanda Stakes (Black Type) at Aqueduct in January.
Longtime horseracing veteran Robert E. Reid, Jr. trains Morning Matcha for owners LC Racing, Cash is King LLC, and Gary Barber.
Race eight is the Society Hill Stakes, a $100,000 purse, six-furlong run on the dirt track for three-year-old fillies. This might be the tightest race of the day, and I’m banking on the 9/2 fourth-favored Disco Ebo, with Frankie Pennington in the irons.
This filly finished in the money for five of her seven career starts, winning three, including the Shamrock Rose Stakes (Black Type) at Penn National Race Course in November. Even in this evenly matched 11-horse field, she’ll do.
Robert E. Reid, Jr. trains Disco Ebo for owners Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC .
Race nine is the Rittenhouse Square Stakes, a $100,000 purse, six-furlong dirt track run for three-year-olds. My money’s on the 72/ morning-line favorite, Dance Code, ridden by veteran jockey Nik Juarez.
This colt finished four of his seven career starts in the money, winning three—including the Parx Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) in December. He also finished third in the Sanford Stakes (Grade III) at Saratoga last July.
Juan C. Vazquez trains Dance Code for Richie’s World Stables LLC.
Race ten is the City of Brotherly Love Stakes, a $100,000 purse, 1-1/16 miles dirt track run for three-year-olds. In a race where the top three contenders (as far as the morning line is concerned) were all also-rans in the Withers Stakes (Grade III) in February, I’m ignoring the not-too-subtle hint and backing a 6/1 sleeper: Beast Or Famine, ridden by top jockey Paco Lopez.
This colt finished in the money four of his five career starts, winning two. He finished second in the James F. Lewis III Stakes (Black Type) at Laurel Park in November and third in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes (Black Type) at Aqueduct last month.
Coming in to this year having spent 2021 tripling her previous record for annual earnings, Penny Pearce trains Beast or Famine for owners J A G Racing and Jettany Thoroughbred Corp.
Tuesday’s Picks for Sunland Park
We begin on the dirt track with race six, a 6-1/2 furlong allowance race for New Mexico-bred three-year-olds that have never won two races.
Both of the horses I think have a chance in this eight-horse field are late closers, so I’m going to bet on the one slightly more likely to make us happy: the 3/1 morning-line favorite, Corrina Corrina, piloted by veteran jockey Roimes Chirinos.
This filly moneyed four of her five career starts, winning one. She notably finished second out of ten in the Enchantress Stakes here at Sunland in late February.
Longtime horseracing veteran Gary W. Cross trains Corrina Corrina for owner-breeder Derrick W. Jenkins.
Race seven is a six-furlong allowance run on the dirt track for New Mexico-bred three-year-olds and upward that have never won two races. I agree with the morning line: Bet the 3/1 favorite, Quantum Bull, ridden by Enrique Portillo Gomez.
This four-year-old gelding finished in the money twice in his six career starts, winning one. Graduating the maiden class back in November, he most recently finished second in an allowance race in February here at Sunland.
Just starting his second decade in the horseracing business, Danny Morales trains Quantum Bull for owner-breeder Tucumcari Thoroughbreds.
Race nine is a six-furlong allowance run for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have not won a race since June 6 or have never won three races. I have to back the obvious choice here—the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Our Iris Rose, with Roimes Chirinos in the irons.
This five-year-old mare has the best of it statistically, with eleven money finishes in her 14 career starts, four of them wins, including the Memorial Day Sprint Stakes (Black Type) at Lone Star last May.
Todd W. Fincher trains Our Iris Rose for owners Joe R. Peacock, Jr. and Peacock Family Holdings L.P.
One last thing: If Our Iris Rose’s empty schedule for the last ten months concerns you, consider instead a win ticket on the third-favored Staci’s Red Dress, with Enrique Portillo Gomez aboard.
Trained by co-owner Greg Green for himself, R. Dwain Yarbar, and M.C.M Stables, LLC, Staci’s Red Dress moneyed four of her five career starts, winning three.