One day before the colts race in the Derby, a field of 13 fillies will compete in the 2021 Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs. The Todd Pletcher-trained Malathaat is the 5-2 favorite in the latest 2021 Kentucky Oaks odds. Post time is 5:51 p.m. ET.
Before you make any Kentucky Oaks 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 hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby and the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes and Blue Grass Stakes, with the Tampa Bay Derby score returning $1,414! Those are just some of his scores in 2021.
Now, he has handicapped the 2021 Kentucky Oaks field, made his picks and constructed his bets.
One shocker: Weir is almost completely fading Search Results, even though she is one of the top favorites at 3-1. "Breaking from the outside, she might be used hard early to get in position entering the turn or forced to drop into a new position for her," Weir tells SportsLine. Search Results is not among Weir's top four choices.
Instead, Weir is high on a double-digit long shot who could be "imposing at the top of the stretch!" Weir is including this horse in his 2021 Kentucky Oaks bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see his picks before locking in any of your own!
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