Tuesday’s Best Horse Racing Bets (May 25, 2021)

| May 25, 2021 4:32 am PDT

I’m mixing it up a bit for Tuesday’s picks, going with some of the smaller tracks on my favorites list: Louisiana Downs, Mountaineer Racetrack, and Thistledown Racino. Usually a source for some surprise happy endings in the betting department, none of the tracks offered up nearly enough long-odds prospects as you or I might like.

That said, I did find a couple of underdogs at Louisiana Downs and Mountaineer to tout. Thistledown, however, refused to cooperate, so it was M/L favorites all the way down in Ohio.

Remember that I pick winners for three races at each track, but you can find all of the races—the horses, the jockeys, the M/L odds, the wagering options—with a visit to one of the best online racebooks.

Good luck!

My Tuesday Picks for Louisiana Downs

I’m starting with race three, a 1-1/16 mile turf run for Louisiana-bred three-year-olds and upward. My money’s on the 1/1 morning line favorite, Perfecture.

This three-year-old colt has moneyed two of his five career starts, winning one.

That might not be much to write home to mother about, but if you toss in his speed figures, it’s enough to put Prefecture statistically ahead of the rest of the combatants in this six-horse field.

Trainer and co-owner Joseph M. Foster is regularly ranked in the top 100 trainers for wins. He’s chosen Emanuel Nieves to jockey Perfecture for this race.

Race five is a one-mile turf run for three-year-olds and upward, and I’m going with the third-favored (at 7/2) entry: Millwood.

A five-year-old gelding, Millwood finished in the money for 12 of his 25 career starts, winning six, and his speed figures are easily competitive with those of the morning-line favorite—and his recent workouts are superior.

Top-ranked Karl Broberg trains Millwood for owner End Zone Athletics, Inc., and he has jockey Luis S. Quinonez, in the irons for this race.

We move back to the main track for race six, a 6-1/2 furlong run for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. My win ticket will be on the 1/1 morning line favorite, Inawic, ridden by veteran jockey Joel Dominguez.

This three-year-old filly moneyed eight of her ten career starts, winning one—and among those was a second-place finish in the Louisiana Jewel Stakes (Black Type) at Delta Downs in January. She’s moneyed in all five of her 2021 starts.

Inawic is trained to Ronnie P. Ward for owner Gulf Haven Farms. Incidentally, Ward had Joel Dominguez in the irons for Inawic’s maiden win in February, as well as her second-place finish in the Louisiana Jewel Stakes.

Tuesday’s Picks for Mountaineer Racetrack

We’re starting on the turf at Mountaineer for race one, a seven-furlong grass run for fillies and mares three years old and upward. I’m betting on the second-favored (at 5/2) entry—Morning Light.

This four-year-old filly finished in the money for two of her four career starts, winning one, which gives her the statistical edge over the morning-line favorite.

Eric Reed trains Morning Light for owner Jerry Jamgotchian, and he’s tapped veteran jockey Gabriel Lagunes to fill the irons for this run.

Lagunes, by the way, is having a very good 2021.

Staying on the grass for race four—a seven-furlong turf run for three-year-olds and upward—I agree with the morning line here and betting on the 9/5 favorite, Kitten’s Man.

This four-year-old colt had money finishes in seven of his 14 career starts, winning three. His speed figures are good (albeit a bit uneven).

Owned by Kathy Thomas and trained by Ted W. Lucas, Kitten’s Man has had the benefit of being piloted by Charle Oliveros for most of her career, and most significantly, was aboard for all three of her wins. Lucas has tapped Oliveros to repeat that performance in this race.

Race eight is a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for three-year-olds and upward, and I’m betting on the second-favored (at 5/2) entry here: Dialed Up.

This six-year-old gelding won both of his career starts—and with speed figures in the triple digits. Of course, that was back in 2019, but unless he’s missing a leg, I don’t see Dialed Up having much difficulty besting the morning-line favorite.

Owner-trainer Burton Sipp has tapped jockey Jose A. Leon for this ride.

Tuesday Picks for Thistledown Racino

Starting with race two—a six-furlong main track run for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward—I’m betting on the 5/2 morning-line favorite, Flint Corn.

This four-year-old gelding finished in the money eight of his 20 career starts, winning two, making him the stand-out in this six-horse field.

Trainer Alejandro Murillo Rodriguez has newbie jockey Alexander Chavez in the irons for this race.

In race four—a six-furlong main track run for Ohio-bred three-year-olds and upward—my money is on Grand Strategy, the 5/2 morning line favorite.

This five-year-old gelding finished in the money 11 of his 23 career starts, winning five—very much the statistical leader in this field.

Owned by Infront Racing, LLC and trained by Gary L. Johnson (in the top 100 trainers in both earnings and wins in 2020), Grand Strategy will benefit jockey Jan M. Baez’s five-pound apprentice allowance.

Race seven is a 5-1/2 furlong main track run for Ohio-bred fillies and mares three years old and upward. My bet is going to be on the 5/2 morning line favorite, Carmen, Ohio.

Trained by Jeffrey A. Radosevich for Royer Family Stables, LLC, Carmen Ohio will have veteran jockey Luis Raul Rivera aboard for this run—as he has been for most of her races (and all of her wins).

J.W. Paine
J.W. Paine

J.W. Paine is one of the most experienced writers at GamblingSites.com. He's written for television and the printed media, and is a published novelist (as Tom Elliott).

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