Tuesday was a strange one for this column as two of our three horses were non-runners whilst the final pick just missed out on a place finishing fourth.

We go again for Wednesday with four selections all from a bumper crop of Extra Place Races across the US tonight. As always, all of our selections come from outside the top three according to the Morning Line as we try to find that Extra Place value…

US Horse Racing Tips – Wednesday 6 September, 2023

  • Back Minister Quinn e/w in the 19:30 at Delaware Park @ SP
  • Back Dad’s Lil Spark e/w in the 20:27 at Presque Isle Downs @ SP
  • Back Golden Soda e/w in the 21:48 at Presque Isle Downs @ SP
  • Back Sharp Sensation e/w in the 23:29 at Penn National @ SP

*Betfred will price up US Races closer to Post Time.

We start over at Delaware Park (19:30), where we have an interesting five-and-a-half furlong race with a four-year-old priced up at 8/1 on the Morning Line who seems to be a value play. Minister Quinn has won three of his past six starts and placed in two others but here is another interesting statistic. In two races at this distance on this track, this year, this Daniel Gazader trained horse has won both of them. Feels big to see him the fifth choice of seven.

A rare trip for me to Presque Isle Downs where in the second race on the card (20:27), the Kevin Rice trained Dad’s Lil Spark seems to be getting better with every run. This three-year-old broke his maiden last time out whilst putting up the best speed figure of his fledgling career. He’s a colt out of multiple Grade I winner Flintshire who is the fourth choice on the Morning Line. Has every chance to be competitive having won and finished runner-up in his previous two.

Whilst I’m here for one race, I might as well make it two as later on the card in the 21:48, the fifth choice on the Morning Line is an extremely consistent four-year-old who has every chance of finishing in the top three positions. Golden Soda has failed to hit the board only once in his last nine races. That is not too shabby as they say. This Keith Dickey trained horse has spent most of his time on the all-weather at Gulfstream and Presque Isle Downs and is always there or thereabouts. This is exactly what this column is about, a horse probably set to go at 5/1 or longer that really could take advantage of Betfred paying out for that extra place.

Penn National up next where there are no fewer than four Extra Place Races on the card late this Wednesday night. In the 23:29 I’m picking Sharp Sensation. This four-year-old has been an average horse on the dirt throughout his career but last time out switched to turf and broke his maiden with an absolutely dominating win at Parx in a five-furlong race. He stays on the green stuff tonight going the same distance and a replica of that run in July would almost certainly see him place and put him right in the mix for the win. Not bad for the fifth choice on the Morning Line. The big question is was that run a fluke or is turf racing the way forward for him?

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