An automatic berth to the 2021 Breeders' Cup Classic will be on the line when eight of the West Coast's top dirt horses leave the starting gate in the 2021 Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Awesome Again odds. Four other horses are 5-1 or shorter in the 2021 Awesome Again Stakes field. Post time is 8:10 p.m. ET.
With an evenly matched field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to hear what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any Awesome Again Stakes picks.
A two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas, Weir has produced multiple five-figure days at the track over the years, including a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar in 2014. This year, he has crushed the three-year-old races. He hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby and the superfecta in the Belmont Stakes. Those are just some of his scores in 2021.
Weir knows that since the Awesome Again Stakes 2021 serves as a prep race for next month's Breeders' Cup Classic, Saturday's race has drawn a classy and well accomplished field. That includes Medina Spirit, who has won more than $2.3 million including the Kentucky Derby; Tripoli, who is coming off a victory in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic; and Idol, who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap.
Medina Spirit is projected to set the early pace for this race, but he will face older horses for the first time. Tripoli is the second choice on the morning line, at 3-1, but there is a question of whether he can bounce back quickly after that big Pacific Classic performance. Idol, who is the fifth choice on the morning line at 5-1, is returning to the races after a seven-month layoff, which puts his fitness for Saturday into question.
Now, Weir has handicapped the Awesome Again Stakes 2021 field, made his picks and constructed his bets.
One surprise: Weir is fading Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, even though he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. "I don't like the fact that [trainer Bob] Baffert did not elect to go to the Pennsylvania Derby last weekend, scratching after the draw for various reasons," Weir told SportsLine. He prefers three horses more than Medina Spirit.
Weir's top pick is a horse who "has proven to be a different horse" recently! He also is high on a double-digit long shot whose "morning-line price is too good to ignore." Weir is including these horses in his 2021 Awesome Again Stakes bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any of your own!
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