Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott can set the record for most wins by a trainer in the Woodward Stakes when he sends out two horses, Art Collector and Forza Di Oro, in the 2021 Woodward Stakes on Saturday. The 68-year-old Mott has won the prestigious race four times, tied with Bobby Frankel and J. Elliott Burch for the most Woodward wins all-time by a trainer. On Saturday, Art Collector has been installed as the 3-1 third choice in the 2021 Woodward Stakes odds, while Forza Di Oro is the 5-1 fourth choice. The Brendan Walsh-trained Maxfield is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the six-horse Woodward Stakes 2021 field.
Post time is 5:45 p.m. ET. With a well accomplished and evenly matched field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any Woodward Stakes picks of your own.
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.
This year, he has been on fire in the 3-year-old races. He hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby 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.
Now, he has handicapped the 2021 Woodward Stakes field, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see his picks and horse racing analysis at SportsLine.
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One surprise: Weir is fading Code of Honor, even though he is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. Bred and owned by Will Farish, Code of Honor will be making just his third start of the year. He has seven wins and almost $2.9 million in earnings in 17 career starts.
But Weir doesn't think that Code of Honor, who is now five years old, has not progressed since his rousing victory in the Travers Stakes two years ago. "He's hard to dismiss, but I'm not convinced this horse will build off his return win at Monmouth," Weir told SportsLine. Weir prefers three horses over Code of Honor.
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Weir's top pick is a horse who "has improved this year." He also is high on a horse whose "odds should be more inviting." Weir is including these horses in his 2021 Woodward Stakes bets, and so should you. He's sharing which horses to back and which Woodward Stakes bets to make only at SportsLine.
So who wins the 2021 Woodward Stakes? What horse with inviting odds is a must-back? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? Check out the latest Woodward Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir's picks for the Woodward Stakes, and find out.
|5||Code of Honor||5-2|
|6||Forza Di Oro||5-1|