Top Horse Racing Bets for Saturday, July 24, 2021

| July 24, 2021 3:36 am PDT

My three tracks for my Saturday picks include Arlington International Racecourse, Del Mar, and Monmouth Park—and two of the tracks bring us stakes races with some fierce competition filling the starting gates.

Del Mar, in particular, brings us not only two hotly contested Grade II stakes races but a one-mile allowance race where I found a very likely 8/1 sleeper, as well.

Don’t forget to check out all the races for Saturday at one of our recommended horse racing wagering sites.

Good luck!

My Saturday Picks for Arlington International Racecourse

We’re on the turf course for race six, a five-furlong grass run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for one of the second-favored entries (two at 7/2)—Chinobe, ridden by Jareth Loveberry.

This four-year-old colt finished six of his seven career starts in the money, winning two.

Yes, the favorite—Never Have I Ever—has a better wins-to-starts ratio, but it’s been a coin-flip whether he gets into the money at all. Chinobe has proven he knows how to get that done.

Larry Rivelli—who’s having the best year of his career—trains Chinobe for owner Carolyn Wilson. Rivelli has tapped Loveberry to saddle Chinobe for his last six races.

We switch back to the all-weather track for race seven, a six-furlong run for three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on one of the second-favored entries (there are two at 4/1): Trappe Valley, with Christopher A. Emigh in the irons.

This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 30 of his 43 career starts, winning eight, which gives him a distinct statistical lead in this eight-horse field.

Former jockey Brittany A. Vanden Berg trains Trappe Valley for RSR Racing Services, LLC (Robert S. Rhoads). She’s put Emigh in the irons for most of Trappe Valley’s races.

Race eight takes us back to the turf course for a 1-1/16 miles run for three-year-olds and upward. I like one of the second-favored entries (two at 7/2): Fly Nightly, with Christopher A. Emigh aboard.

I don’t think the odds are as tight as the morning-line believes, and I think Fly Nightly has a distinct advantage here.

The five-year-old gelding finished in the money 12 of his 18 career starts, winning five. In this eight-horse field, he’ll do.

Brittany A. Vanden Berg, who’s having the best year of her fledgling career, trains Fly Nightly for Marsico Brothers Racing. Emigh was in the irons in mid-June for Fly Nightly’s most recent win.

Saturday Picks for Del Mar Racing

Let’s start on the turf course for race six, a one-mile grass run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on the 8/1 sleeper, Onenightstandards, ridden by top jockey Trevor McCarthy.

This three-year-old colt moneyed five of his six career starts, winning two, making him a standout in this 14-horse field. It doesn’t hurt that he’s being piloted for this race by one of the winningest jockeys at Del Mar.

Racing veteran Mark Glatt trains Onenightstandards for owners Robert D. Bone and Edward “Rusty” J. Brown.

Race eight is the Eddie Read Stakes (Grade II), a $250,000 purse, 1-1/8 miles turf run for three-year-olds and upward. I have to agree with the morning line and bet on the 9/5 favorite, Smooth Like Strait, piloted by veteran jockey Umberto Rispoli.

This four-year-old colt finished in the money 12 of his 15 career starts, winning seven, including his most recent, the Shoemaker Mile Stakes (Grade I) at Santa Anita in May. In fact, since graduating from the maiden class in October 2019, Smooth Like Straight has been campaigned quite successfully in graded stakes races—all the while making triple-digit speed figures look easy.

Michael W. McCarthy—who took Rombauer to the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year—trains Smooth Like Strait for owner-breeder Cannon Thoroughbreds, LLC.

We’re still on the turf for race ten, the San Clemente Stakes (Grade II), a $200,000 purse, one-mile grass run for three-year-old fillies. I’m betting my two dollars on the 4/5 morning-line favorite, the Irish import Going Global, ridden by top jockey Flavien Prat.

This filly hasn’t stopped winning since her third race—a handicap at Dundalk Stadium in County Louth—last November.

For the record: Five wins in eight career starts. Her most recent wins were the Providencia Stakes (Grade III) in April and the Honeymoon Stakes (Grade III) in May, both at Santa Anita Park.

Breeders’ Cup veteran Philip D’Amato trains Going Global for owners CYBT, Michael Dubb, Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig, and Ray Pagano.

Saturday’s Picks for Monmouth Park

For race two, we’re on the main track for a six-panel dirt run for three-year-olds and upward. I’m just skeptical enough of the morning lines 6/5 favorite real chances that I’m betting on the 7/2 third-favored underdog, Seanow, with Silvestre Gonzalez in the irons.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money 12 of his 21 career starts, winning eight.

The favorite in this race—Awesome Anywhere—has the same number of wins but moneyed a higher percentage of his 23 starts.

But much of the favorite’s glory is in his past, while Seanow has made it to the winner’s circle three times out of his four 2021 races.

Top-ranked Jamie Ness trains Seanow for owners Charles Lo and Jagger Inc.

Race nine is the Irish War Cry Handicap, an $85,000 purse, one-mile stakes race on the turf course for New Jersey-bred three-year-olds and upward. I’m backing the second-favored He’spuregold with veteran jockey Nik Juarez aboard.

This three-year-old gelding moneyed six of his seven career starts, winning one. In this ten-horse field, that takes him directly to the head of the line.

Breeders’ Cup veteran Kelly J. Breen trains He’spuregold for Roseland Farm Stable (Bowers).

We stay on the turf for race eleven, a 5-1/2 furlong grass run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m putting my money down on a win ticket for the morning 3/1-line favorite, Hera, ridden by Paco Lopez.

This six-year-old mare finished in the money for seven of her 3 career starts, winning five.

I know, I know—but in this 16-horse field, that’s as good a record as you’re going to find. Plus, Hera has Paco Lopez at the helm. It could happen.

Carlos A. David trains Hera for owner Daniel Feit. David had Lopez in the irons for Hera’s most recent win, an allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park in March.

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