Penn National Race Course Betting Picks – Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course — better known as Penn National to those of us with normal lung capacity — brings us 11 thoroughbred maiden, starter, allowance, and claiming matches to brighten the final (hooray!) week of 2020.
While races were canceled last week because of snow, this week’s racing looks to be all-systems-go, although a high of 34 makes us all a bit glad there are no spectators currently permitted at Penn National. Oh, and the skies will be partly cloudy Tuesday, with winds around 14 mph.
In any case, read on for my Penn National picks and betting tips for Tuesday, December 29.
Pick for Race 2 at Penn National Race Course
This is a starter allowance race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-1/16 miles for a purse of $16,200.
I have to go with the fourth-favored (6/1) entry in this race — Eyes On Me, with Dana Whitney in the irons. This five-year-old gelding moneyed 14 of his 27 career starts, winning ten, but the more salient point here is that he has won five of his nine 2020 starts.
Unfortunately, while there are a handful of longer-odds entries in this race, I don’t see any with a realistic shot at seeing a paycheck on the other side of the finish line.
- Win: Eyes On Me 6/1
Picks for Race 6 at Penn National Race Course
This is an allowance race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of 5-1/2 furlongs for a purse of $28,000.
I’m sticking with the 5/2 morning line favorite here — Septimius Severus, with Edwin Gonzales aboard. This five-year-old gelding finished in the money for 13 of his 21 career starts, winning five, and his 2020 record is even better: Nine money finishes in 14 starts, four of them wins.
At 12/1, Ring the Bella, ridden by Vladimir Diaz, looks to be a good value show ticket. This four-year-old gelding finished in the money 14 of his 25 career starts, winning four.
- Win: Septimius Severus 5/2
- Show: Ring the Bella 12/1
Picks for Race 7 at Penn National 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 $28,000.
I have to agree with the morning line here and put my money on the 3/1 favorite — Cutefacechubywaist, with Maicol J. Inirio aboard. This four-year-old filly moneyed ten of her 14 career starts, winning four of them.
For a value show ticket, I like the 15/1 entry, Paranoia, with Tyler Conner in the irons. This five-year-old mare moneyed 19 of her 35 career starts, winning five.
- Win: Cutefacechubywaist 3/1
- Show: Paranoia 15/1
More Picks for Tuesday
Parx had a good mix of underdogs and long-odds moneymakers for us, and I found more of both (along with some sleepers) at the other two tracks I reviewed for Tuesday: