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2021 Florida Derby morning-line odds, picks: Racing insider offers bet strategy for Saturday's race

Sharp handicapper Bob Weir, who crushed the exacta in the Tampa Bay Derby for $1,414 earlier this month, targets another Kentucky Derby prep race, the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park
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The Shug McGaughey-trained Greatest Honour can solidify himself as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby when he leaves the starting gate on Saturday in the 2021 Florida Derby. This long-striding son of Tapit is the 6-5 favorite in the current 2021 Florida Derby odds. Post time is 6:40 p.m. ET. 

Before you make any Florida 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!

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.

And earlier this month, he crushed the exacta in the Tampa Bay Derby for $1,414! Anyone who has followed Weir is way up.

Now, he has handicapped the 2021 Florida Derby field, made his picks and constructed his bets. 

One shocker: Weir is fading Greatest Honour, even though he is the top favorite at 6-5! "If he's even money, and it looks like he will be, I have to play against him," Weir told SportsLine.

Instead, Weir is high on two horses, including a double-digit long shot who is "working well" and will be one of the longest shots in the ENTIRE race! Weir is including these horses in his exactas, trifectas and superfectas, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see which horses they are before locking in any picks.

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