Horse racing odds, predictions for May 24: Expert reveals top picks for Gulfstream Park, Churchill Downs

Horse racing continues to take place daily during the coronavirus pandemic, and on Sunday the John Kimmel-trained Willing to Speed will try to win back-to-back races for the first time in his career when he leaves the starting gate in an optional-claiming race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. This 4-year-old son of Will Take Charge has three wins, five seconds and four thirds in 19 career starts. He is coming off a win at Gulfstream on April 23 and has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Race 10, a 1 1/16-mile race that drew 12 entrants and four also-eligibles. 

The race is included in Bob Weir's four best bets for Sunday. A racing insider, Weir has scoured all of the races around the country on the day and locked in four horse racing best bets spanning Gulfstream Park and Churchill Downs. Be sure to see his top horse racing picks before making any wagers on Sunday, May 24

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, his first for SportsLine, Weir has been on fire on his horse racing picks. In January, he crushed the Pegasus World Cup, giving out an $8 exacta and a $1 trifecta, winning $757.60. In February's Sam F. Davis Stakes, he gave out a $0.50 superfecta that paid $150.75. In March, Weir correctly pegged Wells Bayou to win the Louisiana Derby.

He nailed the late Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park on April 9 and 10, hitting for $827.65 and $394.65, respectively. He cashed the Pick 4 again at the same track on April 30, May 2 and May 15. Anyone who has followed Weir this year is way up. 

Now, Weir has scoured Sunday's races across the country, found four best bets and constructed his tickets. He's only sharing them here.

Top horse racing predictions for May 24

Weir is high on Lily Chaser, a 12-1 long shot in Race 4 at Churchill Downs. A 3-year-old daughter of Shackleford, Lily Chaser has one second in three career starts. She earned that runner-up finish in her most recent start, at Tampa Bay Downs on April 25.

In her last race she contested a fast early pace, something she had not done before. "The drop here helps, and I think the price might stay in the double-digit range," Weir tells SportsLine.

Weir also is high on King Ottokar, an 8-1 long shot in Race 10 at Gulfstream Park. A 4-year-old son of Temple City, King Ottokar has one win and one second in seven career starts. He last raced on Oct. 12, finishing sixth in an allowance race at Woodbine.

But in January 2019 he won at Gulfstream Park. "His lone win was over this course," Weir added. "He returns for top-notch trainer Mark Casse." 

How to make horse racing picks for May 24

In addition, Weir also is high on another double-digit long shot on Sunday. This horse "could be flying late" and could light up the tote board on Sunday. Weir's including this horse in exactas and trifectas, and so should you. He's sharing his best bets only at SportsLine.

What double-digit long shot is a must-back? And what are Weir's four best bets for Sunday? Visit SportsLine to see Weir's horse racing bets for Sunday, and find out. 

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