Penn National Horse Racing Picks for Wednesday 7/1/20
With most of the sports world on pause, it's a great time to dive into horse racing, and FanDuel Racing gives you the chance to do just that.
Starting at 6 p.m. EST today, we have nine races at Penn National. Using our projections as a guide, here's a look at some of the best bets.
As always, keep an eye out for scratches and changes.
(I will be referencing Equibase's Speed Figure, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions)
Federal Dominance, Race 1 (6:00 PM)
FD Racing Odds: 8/1
The first allowance event of the day features a number of horses in excellent form. Federal Dominance didn't fare well in any of his three races in 2020, but there's still plenty to hang your hat on. Most importantly, the gelding will be jockeyed by Edwin Gonzalez, who is far ahead of his peers at this track. Gonzalez has placed first in an impressive 31% of his outings over the last two years, pursing well over $1 million more than the next closest jockey. He's placed top-three in more than 60% of his races in each of his last two seasons. As for Federal Dominance, he's had a couple of noteworthy workouts here since late May.
Current betting favorite Clear Vision (3/1) has achieved speed figures of 90 or better in five of his last six races -- that's quite an accomplishment for this field. The colt will be ridden by Tyler Conner, who's a distant second to Gonzalez in terms of purse. Three-time winner Across the Aisle (5/1) should fare well in his Penn National and 2020 debut. His form is rock solid. Known Quantity (8/1) should not be ignored despite the longer odds. Shanghaischool (6/1) has the ability to be well in the mix.
Royal Kaz or Goldmine Kaz, Race 3 (6:54 PM)
FD Racing Odds: 8/1
Coupled horses Royal Kaz and Goldmine Kaz are currently listed at 8/1, and it's hard not to like that price if it holds. Both horses will be making their debuts after a number of superb workouts here at Penn National in May and June. Jockey Julio Hernandez has had his fair share of success at this track.
Eagles Cry (9/2) is another one to consider coming off a runner-up finish in his debut two weeks ago. The colt has had several impressive outings here since late May. Successful Cure (7/2) needs to be a top pick if only due to jockey Edwin Gonzalez. Current betting favorite Jebologist (5/2) should be thereabouts. Flashinthenight (8/1) could "flash" in his debut.
That's History, Race 6 (8:16 PM)
FD Racing Odds: 5/1
That's History is a five-time winner at Penn and had fantastic form prior to a four-month break. The gelding's outings at this track since May have been top-notch. Jockey Tyler Conner has been top-three in win percentage here for each of the last two years.
For the Moment (7/2) is our model's winning pick, and it's not hard to tell why. The gelding has had three efforts here with 90-plus figures in his last six races. His form makes him a good bet. Yes It's Roo (12/1) has the second-longest odds in his third career outing, but the gelding is quite explosive. In a workout here at the end of May, Yes It's Roo posted a breezing time of 58.9 in a 5-furlong workout -- that's quite difficult to do. Pettinberg (9/2) has won three of his last four, with figures of 97 and 93 in his last two, respectively. Martinkelly (8/1) and betting favorite Lunar Prize (3/1) are not to be discounted.