Thursday didn’t go to plan as we were 0 for 2 with a scratch included. Today it is another three selections from the US from our Extra Place Races and once more as with always in this column, the only selections are from outside the top three according to the Morning Line…

US Horse Racing Tips – Friday 21 July, 2023

  • Back Catch the Smoke e/w in the 19:56 at Monmouth Park at SP
  • Back First to Last e/w in the 21:00 at Delaware Park at SP
  • Back Love Is Strong e/w in the 21:28 at Laurel Park at SP 

It is a big weekend at Monmouth Park with the Grade I Haskell coming up on Saturday but for Friday, we have two races with an Extra Place to be paid out and the one I’m looking at here is the 19:56 where I’m punting on Catch the Smoke to do the business. This four-year-old has a fairly mundane record all in all but when you focus only on his runs at the New Jersey track, it looks significantly more rosy. In nine races, he’s won three times (including two of his past five) and has a place to his name. Nothing flashy here but priced up as the fifth choice offers some value for finishing top three.

Next up we take a trip to Delaware Park for the 21:00 where First to Last broke his maiden last time out with a giant step forward right here at this very track. His speed figure when winning that race was the same as what the favourite here did in his best outing and you are probably getting him at a much better price. 8/1 on the Morning Line with only one entry at longer odds. Got to feel a value shot to place.

In the last at Laurel Park, carded as the 21:28, I like the chances of Love Is Strong to place. This five-year-old has found some real consistency recently and won her last time out at this track. A couple of third place finishes at Pimlico and Penn National are her two most recent runs, so in three straight she’s hit the board. The Morning Line pegs her as the fifth choice in the betting. Good value to better that projection.

*Betfred is paying out an Extra Place in no fewer than 12 races across the US/Canada today, you can check them all out via the Extra Place link on this page…

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