The 2021 Eddie Read

Between the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga and the Eddie Read at Del Mar, I don’t think anyone would argue the Eddie Read is not the better betting race. The Coaching Club drew just four entrants, with a 2-5 morning line favorite, most disappointing. The Eddie Read is a very competitive race over a mile and an eighth on the grass. That race only drew 7, but 7 is better than 4, and it is a competitive bunch. Let’s look at how it shapes up. Vintage Print ships in from Kentucky and looks [...]

By |2021-07-23T11:46:23-04:00July 23, 2021|Del Mar Race Picks, Jon Stettin's Blog|

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – July 24, 2021

Race 9 at Saratoga - Post Time 5:39 PM Eastern Glass Ceiling, Firing Carol, Amendment Nineteen, Caramel Swirl and Flash Magic are the contenders. Glass Ceiling has three career wins and seven of the other eight have just one. She actually won at this first allowance level in May of last year in Florida and since coming to New York after that has a record of 0-4-4 in 13 starts so it’s not as if she’s been running badly. The key is her now being in the Baker barn, which claimed her one before [...]

The 2021 Haskell

The Haskell on Saturday at Monmouth turned out to be an interesting and competitive race. Mandaloun, Hot Rod Charlie, and Midnight Bourbon are all in there, and I think all three get beat. People like to throw the word freak around with lightly raced fast horses. I almost never agree and usually mock them. I am not ready to call Following Sea a freak yet, but I think he has these at a big disadvantage on Saturday. This lightly raced colt is by Runhappy. Despite this, Todd Pletcher stretches him out in a race [...]

By |2021-07-16T12:59:17-04:00July 16, 2021|Jon Stettin's Blog, Monmouth Park Race Picks|

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – July 17, 2021

Osunitas Stakes - Race 9 at Del Mar - Post Time 9 PM Eastern / 6 PM Pacific Tapwater, Nasty and Sedamar are the win contenders. Brooke should be used in second and third on exacta and trifecta tickets played. Tapwater might have won the Grade 3 Santa Barbara Stakes when last seen in May if not for nearly falling on her face when the gate opened. She moved up quickly, perhaps too quickly, to the lead and led for one mile and three eighths but the race was a mile and one half [...]

Belmont Oaks & Derby

A ton of rain Thursday will be cleared out by Saturday so the Belmont Oaks and Derby should be on a turf course with some give to it. Aidan O’ Brien sends two serious racehorses to compete in the Grade 1 events in filly Santa Barbara and colt Bolshoi Ballet. Ryan Moore who rode Friday at Newmarket is scheduled to make the trip, so you know the intentions are good. That said both races have a few interesting alternatives. The Belmont Oaks at a mile and a quarter is a nice race. Con Lima [...]

By |2021-07-09T16:44:27-04:00July 9, 2021|Belmont Park Race Picks, Jon Stettin's Blog|
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