A win and a place headlined Wednesday’s column as we went back-to-back with profitable days. Once more we have a plethora of Extra Place Races on the other side of the pond and as always, all of our selections come from outside the top three according to the Morning Line odds as we look to find value in the market…

US Horse Racing Tips – Thursday 24 August, 2023

  • Back Go Susan Go e/w in the 18:10 at Saratoga @ SP
  • Back Gem Dancer e/w in the 23:29 at Penn National @ SP
  • Back Essential Business e/w in the 01:05 at Del Mar @ SP
  • Back Alwajd e/w in the 01:55 in the 01:55 at Penn National @ SP

*Betfred will price up all US Races nearer Post Time…

We start with the opening race at the Spa (18:10), where three-year-old Go Susan Go piques our interest. This filly out of multiple Grade I winner Tonalist didn’t look great in her debut down at Finger Lakes back in May.

Since then however her breezes have picked up steam and in a low-quality State Bred field, this is the perfect opportunity to get really good odds and look for a place. She is priced up as the sixth choice of seven on the M/L and has a real chance to outrun her odds and finish in the top three.

Over at Penn National in the 23:29, the expected rank outsider is worth a look. Gem Dancer is a five-year-old who has failed to hit the board in any of his eight career starts, which is shall we say, less than ideal. However, since moving base to Penn National we’ve seen a real increase in speed in his training runs having cut two seconds off his four furlong works over the past 60 days.

I’m not expecting a win but he will go off double-digits and could be a surprise top-three finisher. Worth a dabble based on his recent breezes.

Essential Business is a horse coming off the back of a poor run on turf switching back to dirt that I’m backing and that isn’t the only time I follow that formula in this column.

This is a high quality six-and-a-half furlong Allowance race over at Del Mar (01:05) with a heavily-fancied Bob Baffert filly in the field. However, our pick has better speed figures in her previous two runs on dirt – both wins – than the favourite and is priced up as the fourth choice.

Backing against a Bobby B filly over in California isn’t often a great move but I like her chances to be there or thereabouts coming down the stretch.

To round off the night we return to Penn National for the last (01:55) and we have a Morning Line price that just doesn’t add up. The four-year-old filly Alwajd has won three of her previous five starts on dirt going a mile plus and before that she had back-to-back places.

Last time out, however, she was switched to the turf and that did not go well with a lowly seventh-placed finish. It is back to the dirt in the early hours and being priced up as the sixth choice of seven feels massive. Plenty to like here for this daughter of Grade I winner Daaher to be at the pointy end of the race.

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