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2021 Santa Anita Handicap, San Felipe, & Tampa Bay Derby

There is a lot of racing action across the country this weekend, especially on Saturday. I was most interested in the card at Santa Anita, but there is something for everyone across the board. I am going to look at three races, the Santa Anita Handicap or Big Cap, as we like to call it. I’ll also look at The San Felipe and Tampa Bay Derby. Let’s start with Tampa before we move out west. Tampa Bay Downs never seems to get the credit it deserves in my opinion. I have felt for a [...]

Saturday Stakes Look February 27th, 2021

Two key Kentucky Derby points races will get a lot of attention on Saturday. The Fountain of Youth will be run at Gulfstream Park, and The Southwest will be run at Oaklawn Park. Both races figure to have an impact on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, and both offer alternatives to the likely heavy favorites. Last week we were fortunate enough to peg Mishriff as a potential up-setter to the two big favorites in The Saudi Cup, Charlatan and Knicks Go, so we will see if we can do it again on Saturday. At Gulfstream [...]

By |2021-02-26T11:28:00-05:00February 26, 2021|Jon Stettin's Blog|

2021 The Saudi Cup

Anytime you get Grade 1 type horses to race over a track they are not familiar with, in a land they are unfamiliar with, it makes for an interesting horserace. Interesting races often give us value-laden betting opportunities. If that is the case with The Saudi Cup, this year remains to be seen. After all, you have two very strong co-favorites in Knicks Go and Charlatan. It doesn’t exactly hurt their chances in that they are trained by Brad Cox and Bob Baffert, respectively. It may prove to be futile to try and get [...]

By |2021-02-19T07:28:26-05:00February 19, 2021|Jon Stettin's Blog|

2021 Sam F. Davis Stakes

Three-year-old colts and geldings looking to get on the Derby Trail will race a mile and a sixteenth over the Tampa Bay Downs strip on Saturday. The race is not known for producing Kentucky Derby winners, but a good horse can come from anywhere, and Tampa is as good a track to get legged up over as you will find. A full field of 12 is scheduled to go to post, and there are a few interesting prospects, and I would not be surprised if one or even two wind up on the Derby [...]

By |2021-02-05T09:48:37-05:00February 5, 2021|Jon Stettin's Blog, Tampa Bay Downs Race Picks|

2021 Derby Preps, The Robert B’ Lewis and Holy Bull

While there is still time for a Derby horse to exit a maiden special weight or allowance/conditions race, most eyes are on the point or prep races. There are two preps this weekend and both have Derby hopefuls. A few have caught my eye that are still under the radar at this point. I think they can win on Saturday or at least run well enough to out themselves on the Derby trail. I’ll start out west, at Santa Anita. The Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis has two well regarded runner from Bob Baffert [...]

By |2021-01-29T10:20:43-05:00January 29, 2021|Jon Stettin's Blog|
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