Monday was a very good and profitable day for our US Extra Places column with a straight up win and a place out of our three selections. As always our picks come from outside the top three (or four if paying four places) according to the Morning Line Odds…

US Horse Racing Tips – Tuesday 8 August, 2023

  • Back Here Comes Jigs e/w in the 19:20 at Thistledown @ SP
  • Back Cowboy Church e/w in the 20:32 at Horseshoe Indianapolis @ SP
  • Back Ready And Rich e/w in the 00:28 at Penn National @ SP
  • Back Innuendo e/w in the 02:22 at Penn National @ SP

My longshot of the day comes in the fourth at Thistledown where I’m taking the rank outsider Here Comes Jigs to place. This seven-year-old Mare looked a good horse in 2021 but in 2022 far less so. After a year away we saw her at Mountaineer just last month where a fine run against a decent field saw her come away with the first victory in two years. I would like this pick more at a bit more distance but if that is her true speed then expect her to be towards the pointy end of this race.

Next up is our only race with four places paying out as I like Cowboy Church, who is currently priced up as the joint-fifth choice in the market in the 20:32 at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Races for two-year-olds are always tough to handicap but some good bullet work plus a strong bloodline coming out of Speightster makes me like his chances of outperforming the expected price.

In the fourth at Penn National I’m tipping up a horse who has been on a break following a torrid run at Parx back in early April. Ready And Rich has really struggled in the calendar year but if you look back at 2022 then that form would very much put him right at the pointy end of this one. I’m counting on that freshening up to have helped and that recapturing that speed is in the offing. Priced up as the fourth choice on the Morning Line.

We go to our final race of the day which is Race 8 on the card at Penn National where I’m putting up Innuendo as my selection. This four-year-old seems to have one good run followed by a disappointing one. This indicates that there is a pretty good horse in there but how he’s going to run is anybody’s guess. Four places in his past seven – all at this track – makes me think the joint-fifth choice is worth an each-way shot.

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