The Juan Arriagada-trained Estilo Talentoso will try to win back-to-back races for the first time in her career when she leaves the starting gate in the 2021 Princess Rooney Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. This 4-year-old daughter of MacLean's Music won the Bed o' Roses Stakes in her last start, her fourth career victory. For Saturday she is listed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the 2021 Princess Rooney Stakes odds.
The Michael McCarthy-trained Ce Ce is getting 3-1 odds in the six-horse Princess Rooney field, while the Peter Miller-trained Laura's Light is listed at 7-2. The winner of the race will receive an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint in November. Post time is 5:35 p.m. ET. With a well-accomplished field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what racing insider Bob Weir has to say before making any 2021 Princess Rooney Stakes picks.
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. He also hit the Pick 6 at Santa Anita Park on May 16. And last weekend he hit the exacta in the Stephen Foster Stakes and the late Pick 4 at Churchill Downs. Those are just some of his scores in 2021.
Now, Weir has handicapped the 2021 Princess Rooney Stakes horses, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.
Top 2021 Princess Rooney Stakes predictions
After studying the pace scenario and speed figures of every horse in the race, Weir is fading Pacific Gale, even though she is fourth in the odds at 4-1. Trained by John Kimmel, Pacific Gale won her first two starts of the year at Gulfstream Park. But in her last two starts, both at Belmont Park, she finished third and fourth.
Weir believes that her last two performances suggest that Pacific Gale is regressing. "I'm not counting on the return to Florida to get her moving back in the right direction," Weir tells SportsLine. He does not have Pacific Gale among his top five choices and will exclude her from his wagers.
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Weir's top pick is a horse whom he says has "figured it out." He also is high on a double-digit long shot who will have "stalking options" on Saturday. Weir is including these horses in his 2021 Princess Rooney Stakes bets, and so should you. He's sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.
So who wins the Princess Rooney Stakes 2021? And which horse is a must-back? Check out the latest Princess Rooney Stakes odds 2021 below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir's picks for Saturday's Princess Rooney Stakes 2021.
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