Thistledown Racino Picks – Wednesday, October 21, 2020

| October 20, 2020 3:39 pm PDT

The eight-race card at Thistledown Racino today consists of seven claiming races and a single allowance race (race 8) for our Wednesday wagering pleasure.

Thistledown Racino permits spectators, so if you attend, expect scattered thunderstorms, highs in the mid-60s, and winds around 14 mph.

If you prefer to stay indoors and off the highways, remember that you can always find the complete slate of races, entries, jockeys, and wagering options at one of our recommended online racebooks.

While you’re deciding whether to brave the weather, read on for my Thistledown Racino picks and tips for the three richest races.

Pick for Thistledown Racino Race 1

This is a claiming race for Ohio-foaled three-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $14,200.

The morning line thinks this race will be tight, but I’m sticking with the 5/2 morning line favorite for this race—Mobil Magic, with Hector Berrios in the irons. This three-year-old gelding moneyed eight of his 16 career starts.

The longest odds in this race are 12/1, and that horse is just not going to see a money finish in this race.

  • Win: Mobil Magic 5/2

Pick for Thistledown Racino Race 4

This is a claiming race for Ohio-foaled fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $14,200.

I agree with the morning line’s 5/2 choice of favorites—Tejate, with John McKee aboard. This four-year-old filly finished in the money 11 of her 19 career starts, which gives her the best record in this field. Even better is her 2020 record, with six money finishes in eight starts, one of which was her maiden win.

I’d brag about McKee’s skill and experience here, but it turns out pretty much this entire field has all-stars in the pilot house.

Longest odds in this race are 10/1, and I just don’t see a paycheck in that horse’s immediate future.

  • Win: Tejate 5/2

Pick for Thistledown Racino Race 8

This is a maiden special weight race for fillies and mares three years old and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $20,000.

I’m going with the third-favored (5/1) entry in this maiden race—La Cafetera, ridden by Yarmarie Correa. This three-year-old filly has a better record than the morning line’s top two favorites: three money finishes in eight career starts, but she also has the advantage of Correa’s five-pound apprentice allowance, not to mention Correa’s star-quality record for wins this year.

None of the longer-odds entries in this race appear to have ambitions beyond following the other horses.

  • Win: La Cafetera 5/1

More Wednesday Horse Racing Predictions and Picks

You will find more surprise underdogs and profitable longshots at the other two tracks I reviewed:

  • Indiana Grand Race Course Picks for October 21
  • Parx Racing Picks for October 21
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