John Velazquez can break the record for most Black-Eyed Susan wins by a jockey when he hops aboard the favorite, Beautiful Gift, in the 2021 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday at Pimlico Race Course. The 49-year-old Velazquez has won the race four times, most recently in 2012 with In Lingerie, which is tied with Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron for the most ever. This year, Velazquez will ride Beautiful Gift, the 9-5 favorite in the 2021 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes odds.
Adventuring, who will be ridden by Florent Geroux, is 4-1 in the 2021 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes field, while The Grass Is Blue, who will have Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard, is 6-1. Post time for the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan Stakes 2021 is 5:44 p.m. ET. With a talented field ready to enter the starting gate on Friday, you'll want to check out how handicapping champion Jonathon Kinchen has broken down the race before making any picks.
Kinchen is one of the nation's most successful and recognizable horseplayers. An analyst for Fox Sports' "America's Day at the Races" and co-host of the In the "Money Players' Podcast," Kinchen won the National Horseplayers Championship Tour in 2015, a demanding, yearlong series of handicapping events across the country. That same year, he became the only player in history to have both of his entries qualify for the final table of the National Horseplayers Championship.
In addition, Kinchen has scored huge on some of racing's biggest days. In November, he finished second out of 418 contestants in the prestigious Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, which earned him $215,000 in prize money. After factoring in his profit during the 14 Breeders' Cup races, he took home more than $366,000 on the day.
It's no fluke, either. At the 2015 Kentucky Derby, he cashed for $150,000 after nailing the Pick 6 and a Pick 3 that paid $50,000. Anyone who has followed him is up big. Now, Kinchen has handicapped the 2021 Black-Eyed Susan field, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.
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One shocker: Kinchen is completely fading Beautiful Gift, even though she is the favorite on the morning line at 9-5. Trained by the embattled Bob Baffert, Beautiful Gift is looking to win her third race in five career starts. After she finished second in the Santa Anita Oaks, Baffert decided to skip the Kentucky Oaks for this race.
However, with her wide draw and running style, she could be forced to run wide all the way around the track, leading to a massive ground loss. "I don't need her," Kinchen told SportsLine. He will not have Beautiful Gift on any of his tickets.
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Instead, Kinchen is high on a long shot who "is tactical enough to stay forward and out of trouble." Kinchen is including this horse in his wagering, and so should you. He's sharing who to back here.
Which horse wins the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes 2021? And which long shot is a must-use? Check out the latest Black-Eyed Susan Stakes 2021 odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Kinchen's picks for the Black-Eyed Susan.
2021 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes odds, horses, contenders
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