Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes is set for July 31 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes
- Purse: $350,000
- Track: Saratoga Race Course
- Date: July 31
- Post Time: 5:03 PM (ET)
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2021 Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Handicapping
A huge weekend of thoroughbred racing sees multiple graded-stakes races in New York, California and north of the border at Woodbine in Toronto, with both big purse money and 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships entries on the line.
First up is the (G1) Alfred G Vanderbilt Handicap Stakes at Saratoga, where a very good field of nine horses age three and older are set to sprint six furlongs on the Saratoga dirt course.
Odds listed here are provided by the Saratoga track handicapper.
2021 Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Mischevious Alex Race Odds: 2-1
Morning line favouritism goes to Mischevious Alex, who comes into the race with a perfect two-for-two record at the six furlong distance.
Last out he was a close up third racing one mile in the (G1) Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont, and now gets a cutback to a distance that is probably more to his liking. Prior to that last start he had reeled off three consecutive wins by a combined 12 1/2 lengths, including a win in the (G1) Carter Handicap two starts back
Saffie Joseph Jr. is the trainer, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won the Vanderbilt in 2012.
2021 Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Firenze Fire Race Odds: 3-1
A Kentucky Derby contender back in 2018, Firenze Fire ran 11th in America’s most famous race and since then has found lots of success sprinting in shorter races, sporting a record of seven wins in 13 starts going six furlongs.
He was second last out but beaten just a head in the (G2) John Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park. That was his third start of 2021, and prior to that he had a back-to-back wins in the (G2) True North Stakes and (G3) Runhappy Stakes, both at Belmont.
This will be his third straight start in the Vanderbilt, having run fourth in both 2019 and 2020.
Kelly Breen trains, Jose Ortiz will be in the saddle.
2021 Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Whitmore Race Odds: 4-1
Eight-year-old veteran Whitmore showed the world he still had what it takes to win big races last fall when he took the (G1) Breeders’ Cup Sprint at odds of 18-1.
He hasn’t been back to the winner’s circle in three starts since then, but has been very competitive going up against some of the very best sprinters in the US, beaten just a head in the (G1) Churchill Downs Stakes last out, and just a neck three back in the Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
He was also second in this race last year.
Ron Moquette trains, jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. won the 2020 Vanderbilt.
2021 Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Special Reserve Race Odds: 9-2
Coming in on a two-race winning streak, Special Reserve has not faced the high level of competition as others in here, but has been very fast, with both of his recent six-furlong wins clocking in at under 1:09.
Last out he was an easy 2 3/4 length winner in the Iowa Sprint Stakes at Prairie Meadows, and prior to that he won the (G3) Maryland Sprint Stakes at Pimlico. He’s won seven of 20 overall, but it’s worth noting two of those wins came on wet tracks and two came on turf.
Trainer Michael Maker has been red hot so far at Saratoga with a 28% win percentage. Jockey Joel Rosario gets the call to ride.
Here’s My 2021 Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Free Pick.
This is a very tough race, where all four of the top contenders have a shot at the win, and there should be good value in the odds as the betting money gets spread around the contenders.
I’m going to take a shot with the veteran Whitmore, based in the fact he has been so close lately against what I think has been the strongest competition. He has been posting some very good workout times leading up to the race, and he has a win and a runner-up finish in three previous races on the Saratoga dirt.
Full Field: Alfred Vanderbilt Stakes Betting Odds
(By post position)
- #1 – Lexitonian 20-1
- #2 – Mischevious Alex 2-1
- #3 – Firenze Fire 3-1
- #4 – Strike Power 15-1
- #5 – Three Technique 15-1
- #6 – Whitmore 4-1
- #7 – Miles Ahead 12-1
- #8 – Montauk Traffic 15-1
- #9 – Special Reserve 9-2
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