Best Horse Racing Bets for Thursday, February 10, 2022

| February 9, 2022 1:13 pm PDT

I found sleepers on the race-cards for both Delta Downs and Fair Grounds Race Course, and even Aqueduct grudgingly coughed up a couple of third-favored underdogs for our Thursday horseracing entertainment-slash-bankroll enhancement.

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Good luck!

Thursday Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack

Let’s begin on the main track with race one, a six-furlong claiming race for fillies and mares four years old and upward. My money is on the third-favored (at 5/2) Sweet Mia, ridden by newcomer Ailsa Morrison.

This five-year-old mare finished in the money for 12 of her 18 career starts, winning four, including her most recent. That record gives her a slight statistical edge among the frontrunners in this field of six. Toss in the apprentice weight allowance Morrison brings to the party, and that should be enough to see the pair to the winner’s circle.

Sweet Mia is trained by owner Charlton Baker, who put Morrison in the irons for Sweet Mia’s last two races.

Incidentally, don’t even think about a value show ticket on the 30/1 longshot, Starship Reina. Not gonna happen.

Race six is a 1-1/8 miles claiming race on the main track for four-year-olds and upward. I’m betting my two dollars on one of the third-favored entries (there are two at 4/1 in this race): Pioneer Spirit, with Heman K. Harkie aboard.

This nine-year-old moneyed 29 of his 47 career starts, winning 13, which puts him in the statistical lead of this rather long-in-the-tooth field of eight. He won the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes (Listed) at Horseshoe Indianapolis twice (2018 and 2019), the 2019 Tenacious Stakes (Black Type) at Fair Grounds, and the 2020 Fifth Season Stakes (Listed) at Oaklawn Park.

Pioneer Spirit has plenty of stake-level competitors to beat in this race, but his record of achievement says he’s got the goods.

Mertkan Kantarmaci trains Pioneer Spirit for owners Krakow Racing, LLC and America’s Pastime Stables.

Race seven is a 1-1/8 miles allowance optional claiming race on the main track for New York-bred four-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Hush of a Storm, piloted by Dylan Davis.

This four-year-old gelding finished five of his eight career starts in the money, winning three, including the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (Black Type) at Turfway Park a year ago. He most recently finished third in the Prairie Bayou Stakes (Black Type) at Turfway in December.

Hush of a Storm is trained by owner William E. Morey, who has been regularly ranked among the top 100 trainers in North American for the past two decades.

My Thursday Picks for Delta Downs

Let’s start on the main track with race two, a five-furlong allowance race for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds that have never won two races. I’m betting all two of my dollars on the 8/5 morning-line favorite, Bankroll, with veteran jockey C.J. McMahon in the irons.

This gelding won his single career start, leading a 12-horse field to the finish line in a graduation victory Equibase calls “impressive.”

Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup veteran W. Bret Calhoun trains Bankroll for Black Type Thoroughbreds.

Race six is a five-furlong allowance optional claiming race for three-year-olds. I’m calling this one for the 2/1 morning-line favorite, Chattalot, ridden by Joel Dominguez.

This colt moneyed four of his five career starts, winning three, including his most recent, the Sugar Bowl Stakes (Black Type) at Fair Grounds in December. He also finished third out of seven in the Bowman Mill Stakes at Keeneland in October.

Since he won his initial maiden attempt back in July, Chattalot has only missed the money once, taking fourth in a field of six in the Lively Shively Stakes (Black Type) at Churchill Downs in November.

Thoroughbred horseracing Hall of Famer Steven M. Asmussen trains Chattalot for owners Bloom Racing Stable LLC (Jeffrey Bloom) and David A. Bernsen, LLC.

Race eight is a 6-1/2 furlong allowance race on the main track for four-year-olds and upward. I’m calling this one for the 10/1 underdog, Lover Boy, piloted by veteran jockey Alex Birzer.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money nine of his 19 career starts, winning five—which actually gives him better stats than the morning-line’s frontrunners. Versus the rest of this otherwise unimpressive 12-horse field, he’ll do.

A top-ranked trainer for more than two decades, Chris Richard trains Lover Boy for owner Jason Totaram.

Thursday’s Picks for Fair Grounds Race Course

We’re starting on the turf course with race two, a one-mile allowance run for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds that have never won two races. I’m betting my two dollars on the 8/1 sleeper, Tambourine Star, ridden by Adam Beschizza.

One of four of the morning-line’s 8/1 underdogs, this colt finished in the money five of his six career starts, winning one.

Even before his maiden graduation victory last November, Tambourine Star finished third in both the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes (Black Type) at Louisiana Downs in August and D. S. Shine Young Futurity (Black Type) at Evangeline in September.

Jose M. Camejo trains Tambourine Star for owner-breeder Brittlyn Stable, Inc.

We move back to the main track for race five, a six-furlong allowance optional claiming run for four-year-olds and upward. While I see some solid competition in this field of six, I’m going to agree with the morning-line here and bet my money on the 5/2 favorite, Tulane Tryst, with veteran jockey Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. aboard.

This four-year-old colt finished four of his six career starts in the money, winning two, including his most recent allowance race at Churchill Downs in November.

Already ranked among the top 100 trainers for earnings in 2021, newcomer Cherie DeVaux trains Tulane Tryst for owner David Ingordo.

Let’s switch to the turf course again for race eight, a 1-1/16 miles allowance optional claiming run for four-year-olds and upward. The morning line has this ten-horse field at a tight odds spread, with three favorites at 7/2 and five horses expected to bring up the rear at 6/1.

Me, I’m betting on one of those 6/1 sleepers: Artie’s Rumor, ridden by top jockey Ramon A. Vazquez.

This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 24 of his 43 career starts, winning 12, including the Singletary Stakes (Black Type) at Lone Star last June.

In comparison, the best record any of the three favorites can present is that of the also-eligible Sermononthemount: Six money finishes in 12 starts, three of them wins. Advantage: Artie’s Rumor.

Thomas Morley trains Artie’s Rumor for Flying P Stable.

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