Mahoning Valley Race Course Betting Picks – Wednesday, March 3, 2021

| March 2, 2021 1:55 pm PDT

Wednesday could be a day of underdog upsets for Mahoning Valley Race Course — at least in the three races, I assessed for our wagering edification.

This might be a good time to point out that while I review the three richest races here, you can find Mahoning Valley’s entire eight-race card for Wednesday — including entries, jockeys, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Read on for my Mahoning Valley Race Course picks and tips for Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Pick for Race 3 at Mahoning Valley Race Course

This is a maiden special weight race for Ohio-bred three-year-olds running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $27,500.

My money’s on the second-favored (7/2) entry in this race — Kettle King, with Jose Bracho in the irons. This gelding moneyed four of his seven career starts.

For comparison’s sake, Pecks Not Bad–the 7/5 morning line favorite — finished in the money for two of his five starts.

And none of the longer odds entries appear likely to finish anywhere near the money here, so let’s save ours for later.

  •  Win: Kettle King 7/2

Picks for Race 6 at Mahoning Valley Race Course

This is an allowance race for fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of one mile and 70 yards for a purse of $21,200.

I’m calling this race for the third-favored (3/1) entry — Act Like a Lady, ridden by Erik Barbaran. This four-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her ten career starts, winning four.

And at 12/1, Lucky to Have Me, with David J./ Haldar aboard, looks like a viable show wager. This five-year-old mare moneyed three of her five career starts, winning one.

  •  Win: Act Like a Lady 3/1
  •  Show: Lucky to Have Me 12/1

Pick for Race 8 at Mahoning Valley Race Course

This is an allowance race for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $29,000.

I like the third-favored (5/1) entry here — Big Al’s Express, with Luan Machado in the irons. This three-year-old gelding moneyed all four of his career starts, winning one, making him the statistical leader in this 12-horse field.

With so many long-odds entries in this race, you would think we’d find at least one worth a value show wager, wouldn’t you. Well, we’d both be wrong. None of the longer-odds entries (12/1 and longer) appear likely to do more than chase the other horses across the finish line.

  •  Win: Big Al’s Express 5/1

More Racing Picks for Wednesday

Don’t forget the other two tracks I reviewed for our Wednesday wagering:

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