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2021 Haskell Stakes morning-line odds, picks: Handicapping wunderkind offers bet strategy for Saturday's $1 million race

Once the youngest person to qualify for the National Horseplayers Championship, astute racing analyst Matt Bernier offers his picks and wagers for the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park
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Belmont Stakes runner-up Hot Rod Charlie will try to return to the winner's circle when he leaves the starting gate in the 2021 Haskell Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. The Doug O'Neill trainee is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the 2021 Haskell Stakes odds. Post time is 5:47 p.m. ET. 

Before you make any Haskell Stakes picks, you NEED to see what handicapping wunderkind Matt Bernier has to say.

Bernier is one of the country's most recognizable horse racing analysts. An on-air contributor to NBC's horse racing telecasts and the host of The Matt Bernier Show podcast, Bernier first gained renown in 2013 when, at 23 years old, he became the youngest qualifier at the time to qualify for the National Horseplayers Championship. He parlayed that success into a spot on the reality TV show Horseplayers, which followed professional horseplayers around the country.

Two of his biggest scores came in 2014. In the prestigious Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge that year Bernier finished sixth, earning $61,000 for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance charity. Later that year he won $40,000 after winning the Aqueduct handicapping championship.

He also has cashed some Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks future bets at enormous odds, including 75-1 on I'll Have Another in 2012, 75-1 on Orb in 2013 and 35-1 on Shedaresthedevil in 2020

Now, he has handicapped the 2021 Haskell Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his bets. 

One shocker: Bernier is completely fading Hot Rod Charlie, even though he is the 6-5 favorite on the morning line. "Trainer Doug O'Neill will be stripping the blinkers from the three-year-old colt for this race, a move that should not be viewed as a negative, but it does not necessarily represent a positive, either," Bernier told SportsLine. Bernier is not using Hot Rod Charlie on any of his tickets.

Bernier's top pick is a horse who "will make his move as the field rounds the far turn!" Bernier is including this horse in his 2021 Haskell Stakes bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any of your own!

Who wins the 2021 Haskell Stakes? What does Bernier think of every horse in the race? And how has Bernier constructed his wagers?... Join SportsLine right now to get the top 2021 Haskell Stakes picks and bets, all from the handicapping wunderkind who has crushed on racing's biggest days!

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