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Plenty of speed will be on display Saturday when eight three-year-olds leave the starting gate in the 2021 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack. At least four horses in the 2021 Gotham Stakes field have preferred to race on the front end. That includes the Bob Baffert-trained Freedom Fighter, who is 5-2 in the 2021 Gotham Stakes odds. The Chad Brown-trained Highly Motivated is the 8-5 favorite in the 2021 Gotham Stakes lineup.

Post time for the $300,000 race is 5:07 p.m. ET. With plenty of talented contenders 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 Gotham Stakes picks.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling had a tremendous 2020 season. At one point last year, he picked the winner of six consecutive races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.

In last year's Gotham Stakes, Demling picked Mischevious Alex to win, and the horse edged clear by two lengths. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.

Now, Demling has handicapped the 2021 Gotham Stakes lineup, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see his coveted picks here.

Top 2021 Gotham Stakes predictions

One surprise: Demling's top pick isn't Highly Motivated, even though he is the 8-5 favorite. After finishing second in his career debut, Highly Motivated has won back-to-back races. He last raced on the Breeders' Cup undercard in November, winning the Nyquist Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths.

However, Demling is concerned about his lengthy time off. "Will he be at the top of his game after four months off?" Demling told SportsLine. There's plenty of value elsewhere in a highly-talented Gotham Stakes 2021 lineup.

Another curveball: Demling is high on Crowded Trade, who's an underdog at 9-2. This son of More Than Ready has made only one career start, winning a race at Aqueduct on Jan. 28. In that start, he rallied from fifth in a field of eight.

Demling likes the confidence that trainer Chad Brown is showing by entering Crowded Trade in the Gotham Stakes 2021. "It's a big jump from a maiden race to stakes competition, so trainer Chad Brown must be elated with the son of More Than Ready," Demling told SportsLine. All of Demling's 2021 Gotham Stakes bets will use Crowded Trade.

How to make 2021 Gotham Stakes picks

Demling's top pick is a horse who is "going to be ready to roll." Demling is including this horse in all of his exactas, trifectas and superfectas, and so should you. He's sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.

So who wins the Gotham Stakes 2021? And which horse is a must-back? Check out the latest 2021 Gotham Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's 2021 Gotham Stakes picks, all from the expert who nailed last year's winner.

2021 Gotham Stakes odds, horses

Prg#HorseOdds
1Atlantic Road30-1
2The Reds30-1
3Highly Motivated8-5
4Wipe the Slate6-1
5Crowded Trade9-2
6Capo Kane5-1
7Freedom Fighter5-2
8Weyburn20-1