Top Horse Racing Picks for Wednesday, March 2, 2022
The betting pendulum swung wildly at the three tracks I visited for my Wednesday horseracing picks—Delta Downs, Tampa Bay Downs, and Turfway Park.
Delta Downs gave us plenty of underdog choices—mostly with also-eligibles. Tampa Bay was a tad less forthcoming with the moneymakers. Turfway wound up giving us one of each—a solid favorite, a 4/1 underdog, and an 8/1 sleeper, though not in that order.
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Wednesday’s Picks for Delta Downs
Let’s take a look at race four, a five-furlong allowance race on the dirt track for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares four years old and upward that have never won two races. I agree with the morning-line: Bet the 9/5 favorite, Brave City Girl, ridden by newcomer Vicente Del-Cid.
This four-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her ten career starts, winning one.
Benjamin Zeno trains Brave City Girl for Zenon Racing Stables.
Incidentally, if you’re not eager to bet for such a minimal return, consider the 8/1 potential sleeper, Zeatrical, with Paulina Ramirez in the irons. Trained by Phillip Mark Dison for owner Caleb Millien, this six-year-old mare didn’t start competing until late last year, but she’s moneyed four of her five career starts, winning one—her most recent in February. Worth considering.
Race seven is a five-furlong allowance race on the dirt track for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward that have never won three races. My money’s on the second-favored (at 3/1) All Our Time, piloted by veteran jockey Joel Dominguez.
This five-year-old gelding finished four of his five career starts in the money, winning two—his third maiden attempt a year ago, then an allowance race in November. In this eight-horse field, he’s got the stats.
Longtime horseracing veteran Keith G. Bourgeois trains All Our Time for owner-breeder B & L Thoroughbreds LLC.
Race eight is a 7-1/2 furlong allowance race for fillies and mares four years old and upward.
If the 5/1 underdog (and also-eligible) Moorac enters the starting gate, bet her and her jockey, Jose Andres Guerrero, to win.
Trained by Donald Melancon for owner Maxie Wayne Kitchings, Jr., the five-year-old Moorac moneyed seven of her 19 career starts, winning five, including her most recent claiming race here at Delta Downs.
If that doesn’t happen, then put your two dollars down on the 6/1 sleeper, Gee Gee, ridden by Casey Fusilier.
This four-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her eleven career starts, winning three. She’s trained by newcomer Edward L. Cox for owner Geral Dewitt.
My Wednesday Picks for Tampa Bay Downs
We’ll start on the dirt track with race two, a six-furlong claiming race for fillies and mares four years old and upward. I like the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Atlantic Princess, with Isaac Castillo aboard.
This four-year-old filly finished in the money eight of her 17 career starts, winning six. Even better—she’s won two of her three races in 2022. In a fairly evenly matched seven-horse field, she’s the one in the statistical spotlight.
With three decades in the horseracing business, Douglas Nunn trains Atlantic Princess for Winner Circle Stables, LLC.
We move to the turf course for race five, a five-furlong allowance optional claiming race for four-year-olds and upward.
If the 6/1 underdog also-eligible Minnesota Lucky, with Alonso Quinonez in the irons, enters the starting gate, bet the pair to win. This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 14 of his 33 career starts, winning eight, the most recent of which was in January. He’s trained by thirty-year horseracing veteran Douglas Nunn for Winner Circle Stables, LLC.
If that doesn’t happen, bet the second-favored (at 5/2) Skippy’s Strike, ridden by Jesus Lopez Castanon. Kerri Raven trains Skippy’s Strike for owner Roch Ruhland.
The eight-year-old gelding finished 19 of his 48 career starts in the money, winning seven.
We’re back on the dirt track for race eight, a seven-furlong starter optional claiming race for three-year-old fillies. I’m backing the 4/1 second-favored She Nasty, ridden by Isaac Castillo.
This filly moneyed five of her eight career starts, winning four.
Although her most recent races have not been scrapbook-worthy, She Nasty’s sixth-place finish (in a field of nine) in the Gasparilla Stakes (Black Type) in January shows she has the stamina for seven furlongs.
With nearly thirty years in the horseracing business, Kathleen A. Guciardo trains She Nasty for Heehaw Racing.
Wednesday Picks for Turfway Park
Let’s start on the all-weather track for race three, a one-mile claiming race for four-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the second-favored (at 3/1) Christian C, piloted by Erik Barbaran.
Extensively campaigned at the stakes level (though not very successfully), this nine-year-old gelding has the best statistics in this eight-horse field: 28 money finishes in 36 career starts, 13 of them wins.
He most notably won the Black Tie Affair Handicap (Black Type) at Arlington International Race Course in 2018 (he finished third in the 2019 running).
Christian C is trained by owner Michael L. Reavis.
Race seven is a six-furlong claiming race on the all-weather track for fillies and mares four years old and upward. I like the 8/1 sleeper, Distinctive Flower, ridden by Rafael Mojica, Jr.
This seven-year-old mare moneyed 21 of her 36 career starts, winning seven. In this otherwise unimpressive field of ten, she’s the statistical standout. She notably finished a neck behind the winner of the Vivacious Handicap (Black Type) last July at Belterra Park.
Newcomer Chadwick A. Peach trains Distinctive Flower for Prodigy Racing, LLC.
Race eight is a six-furlong claiming race on the all-weather track for fillies and mares three years old and upward that have never won two races. I’m buying a win ticket on the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Stacy Attack, with top jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard.
This four-year-old filly finished in the money five of her nine career starts, winning one—her graduation victory in December. Of her last five starts, she moneyed four of them.
Ranked among the top 100 trainers for wins for the past five years, Genaro Garcia trains Stacy Attack for Southwest Racing Stables Inc.More Betting Predictions