The country's top 3-year-old turf horses square off on Saturday when the gates open in the 2020 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, Calif. The Christophe Clement-trained Decorated Invader is the 3-1 morning-line favorite. Post time is 7:25 p.m. ET.
Before you make any 2020 Hollywood Derby picks, you NEED to see what racing insider Bob Weir has to say.
Based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Weir has been handicapping and following horse racing since reading Andy Beyer's landmark handicapping book "Picking Winners" in the late 1980s. Weir is highly invested in the Beyer Speed Figure, a number assigned to every race run by a horse that measures how fast the horse ran. He uses the figure as the backbone of his handicapping. In fact, thanks to his proficiency with speed figures and top-tier handicapping, he landed one of just eight spots on Beyer's figure-making team in 2017, a position he holds to this day.
Weir's methodology has produced multiple five-figure days. In 2014, he hit a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar. The following year, he nailed a $31,000 Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park. In 2016 and 2017, Weir qualified for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas.
And this year, his first for SportsLine, Weir has been on fire. In January he crushed the Pegasus World Cup, giving out an $8 exacta and a $1 trifecta, winning $757.60. On June 13 Weir hit a $2 superfecta in the Ogden Phipps Stakes that paid a whopping $1,039. He nailed the exacta and trifecta in the Forego Stakes in August for $1,134.50. And he hit the late Pick 4 at Belmont Park on June 18, June 19, June 25, July 2 and July 5 with the June 25 score returning a whopping $2,159.50. Those are just some of his hits this year.
Anyone who has followed Weir this year is WAY UP.
Now, Weir has handicapped the 2020 Hollywood Derby field, made his picks and constructed his bets.
One shocker: Weir is mostly fading Smooth Like Strait, who is 7-2 on the morning line, behind only Decorated Invader. "At his expected price, I will try to beat him," Weir tells SportsLine.
Instead, Weir's top pick is a horse who gets factors that "should work to his advantage" on Saturday. He's also high on a double-digit long shot who "is a must-use underneath." These horses could light up the tote board on Saturday. Weir is including these horses in his wagers, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see which horses they are before locking in any picks!
Who wins the 2020 Hollywood Derby? What double-digit long shot is a must-use? And how has Weir constructed his exactas and trifectas? ... Join SportsLine right here to get the top Hollywood Derby picks and bets, all from the racing insider who has been on fire this year!