Horse racing fans will witness an epic rematch on Saturday when two of the top horses in training, Monomoy Girl and Swiss Skydiver, square off in the 2021 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park. The two racing stars previously met in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff, but that showdown never materialized after Swiss Skydiver stumbled at the start. Monomoy Girl went on to win en route to being named champion older mare in 2020.
Monomoy Girl is the even-money favorite in the latest 2021 Apple Blossom odds, while Swiss Skydiver is right behind at 2-1 in the field of six. Post time is 7:09 p.m. ET. With multiple champions ready to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what horse racing guru Jody Demling has to say before making any 2021 Apple Blossom Handicap picks.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2021 Apple Blossom Handicap off a major heater: At one point last year, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.
This is the same handicapper who hit the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 12 years. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but three times in his last 12 tries. Anyone who has followed him on these picks is way up.
Now, Demling has handicapped the 2021 Apple Blossom Handicap field, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.
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One shocker: Demling is fading Letruska, even though she is one of the top favorites at 4-1. Bred and owned by St. George Stables, Letruska started her career in Mexico, going undefeated in six starts, before being transferred to the United States. Since coming to the U.S., she has six wins in 11 starts, including three Grade 3 wins.
"I'll lean towards her not hitting the board," Demling told SportsLine.
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Instead, Demling's top pick is a horse who "looked super sharp" in her last race. He is including this horse in all of his exactas and trifectas, and so should you. He's only sharing which horse to back here.
So who wins the Apple Blossom Handicap 2021? And which horse is a must-back? Check out the latest Apple Blossom odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the Apple Blossom.
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