World class thoroughbred racing takes place at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and on Saturday the late Pick 4 begins with Race 8 at 5:03 p.m. ET and ends with Race 11. Before you make any picks, you NEED to know how racing insider and accomplished horseplayer Bob Weir has handicapped the four-race sequence.
A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir has studied the sequence and constructed Pick 4 tickets in his analysis below. A two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas, Weir has produced multiple five-figure days at the track. In addition, earlier this year he hit the exacta in the Tampa Bay Derby for $1,414, and on July 18 he hit the late Pick 4 at Del Mar for $594.60. Those are just some of his scores in 2021.
The Pick 4 covers Races 8 through 11 and includes three graded stakes races: the Vanderbilt Handicap (Race 8), a six-furlong sprint featuring some of the country's top sprinters; the Jim Dandy Stakes (Race 9), a 3-year-old prep race for next month's Travers Stakes; and the Bowling Green Stakes (Race 10), a turf race featuring some of the East Coast's top grass horses.
Each of those races includes an Eclipse Award winner from last year. Whitmore was champion sprinter of 2020 and is one of several contenders in a contentious Vanderbilt. Essential Quality was the champion 2-year-old and is the 1-2 favorite in the Jim Dandy. And Channel Maker was named the top turf male last year and is the 5-2 favorite in the Bowling Green.
Weir has handicapped the late Pick 4 at Saratoga for Saturday, made his picks and constructed his tickets.
We can tell you that Weir is high on Essential Quality, the favorite in the Jim Dandy, the second leg of the Pick 4. "I will assume trainer Brad Cox has him cranked enough to give a good effort," Weir tells SportsLine. "The one to beat." Essential Quality is Weir's top pick in the Jim Dandy and a lone A horse on his Pick 4 tickets.
In addition, Weir's top pick in one of the races is a double-digit long shot! Weir says this horse "will be a good price" and could spice up the Pick 4. Weir is including this long shot on his tickets, and so should you. You NEED to see Weir's analysis before making any Pick 4 selections.
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.
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