Trainer Chad Brown will try to win the Diana Stakes for the sixth straight year -- and seventh time overall -- when he sends out the favored Lemista in the 2021 Diana Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Lemista is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Diana Stakes odds. Post time is 6:16 p.m. ET.
Before you make any Diana Stakes 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!
Last year, his first for SportsLine, Weir was on fire. In June, Weir hit a $2 superfecta in the Ogden Phipps Stakes that paid a whopping $1,039. He crushed the exacta and trifecta in the Forego Stakes in August for $1,134.50. 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.
This year, he has hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes and Blue Grass Stakes and the superfecta in the Belmont Stakes, with the Tampa Bay Derby score returning $1,414! Those are just some of his scores in 2021.
Now, he has handicapped the Diana Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his bets.
One shocker: Weir is almost completely fading Harvey's Lil Goil, even though she is one of the top contenders, listed at 3-1 on the morning line. "Harvey's Lil Goil reportedly did not care for the soft going [in her last start], and trainer Bill Mott downplayed her chances if the ground is soft," Weir tells SportsLine. Weir does not have Harvey's Lil Goil among his top five choices.
However, Weir's top pick is a horse from whom he expects an "improved effort." He also is high on a double-digit long shot who "always tries and fits" with this group. Weir is including these horses in his 2021 Diana Stakes bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any of your own!
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