Trainer Mark Casse will try to win the Woodbine Mile for the third time in his career when he sends out three horses in the 2021 Woodbine Mile on Saturday. The 60-year-old Casse, who was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame last month, won the race in 2016 with Tepin and 2017 with World Approval. On Saturday, he'll send out three runners: Ride a Comet (5-1), March to the Arch (8-1) and Olympic Runner (10-1). The Chad Brown-trained Raging Bull is the 2-1 favorite in the 2021 Woodbine Mile odds.
The Brad Cox-trained Set Piece is the 5-2 second choice in the 10-horse 2021 Woodbine Mile field and could challenge Raging Bull as the betting favorite. Six of the horses are 10-1 or longer. Post time for the $1 million race is 6:12 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 Woodbine Mile 2021 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.
This year, he has been on fire. He 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. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has handicapped the 2021 Woodbine Mile field, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.
Top 2021 Woodbine Mile predicitons
One surprise: Weir's top pick is not Raging Bull, even though he is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. A winner of more than $1.5 million in his career, this late-running six-year-old has seven wins in 20 career starts. But he has lost his last two starts, a second in the Grade 3 Poker in June and a sixth in the Grade 1 Fourstardave last month.
Weir finds the most recent loss particularly troublesome and doesn't believe Raging Bull is heading in the right direction. "When factoring in the previous loss in the Grade 3 Poker, he might not be where he was this spring," Weir told SportsLine. Weir prefers multiple horses more than Raging Bull.
How to make 2021 Woodbine Mile picks
Weir's top pick is a horse who is coming off "another strong race." He also is high on a double-digit long shot who "has never been better." Weir is including these horses in his 2021 Woodbine Mile bets, and so should you. He's sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.
So who wins the 2021 Woodbine Mile Stakes? What double-digit long shot is a must-back? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? Check out the latest Woodbine Mile odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir's picks for the Woodbine Mile.
2021 Woodbine Mile odds, horses
Raging Bull 2-1
Set Piece 5-2
Ride a Comet 5-1
March to the Arch 8-1
Olympic Runner 10-1
Space Traveller 12-1
Avie's Flatter 15-1
Duke of Hazzard 15-1
Town Cruise 20-1
Change of Control 20-1