Apple Blossom Handicap Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Apple Blossom Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Apple Blossom Handicap is set for April 17 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Apple Blossom Handicap Preview and Prediction
- Race: Apple Blossom Handicap
- Purse: $1 million
- Track: Oaklawn Park
- Date: April 17
- Post Time: 7:09 PM (ET)
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2021 Apple Blossom Handicap Handicapping
One of two high-profile graded stakes set to go on the Saturday of Oaklawn Park’s winter/spring meet closing weekend, the (G1) Apple Blossom is open to fillies and mares age four and older. The 2021 race has drawn a field of six, and they’ll race 1 1/16 miles on the Oaklawn dirt.
While certainly not the greatest betting race, the Apple Blossom will be one to watch as it pits the two best female horses in North America going head-to-head in Monomoy Girl and Swiss Skydiver.
Odds listed here are provided by the Oaklawn track handicapper.
2021 Apple Blossom Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping: Monomoy Girl Race Odds: 1-1
The catch phrase for Monomoy Girl for most of her career has been “all she does is win” and the stats certainly bear that out. For her career she has 14 wins in 16 lifetime starts with two runner-up finishes, and in one of those she was DQ’d from first to second, and in the other she lost by a neck.
Seven of her wins have come at the Grade 1 level, and she’s the two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She’ll be making her second start of 2021 and comes in off a two-length win in the (G3) Bayakoa Stakes at the Oaklawn track and at the distance in a race where she ran four wide throughout.
She’s trained by Brad Cox, regular rider Florent Geroux will be in the saddle.
2021 Apple Blossom Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping: Swiss Skydiver Race Odds: 2-1
A filly who made her reputation by beating the boys in the 2020 Preakness Stakes, Swiss Skydiver is no slouch, with six wins and two second-place finishes in her last nine races, with one of those runner-up efforts also coming against males in the (G1) Blue Grass Stakes last year at Keeneland.
The only real blemish on her recent record came in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Distaff where she finished a disappointing seventh in a race that came at the end of a very tough season of racing.
She’ll also be making her second start of 2021, and last out won the (G1) Beholder Mile Stakes at Santa Anita by 2 1/4 lengths.
She’s trined by Kenny McPeek, while Robby Albarado is tapped to ride.
2021 Apple Blossom Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping: Letruska Race Odds: 6-1
A Kentucky bred filly who started her career racing in Mexico City, Letruska has racked up 12 wins in 17 starts in her own right, although none of those came against the level of competition the top two will offer here.
She does have a pair of wins at the Grade 3 level on her resume and ran very well last out in the (G2) Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn beaten just a head by Shedaresthedevil, the filly that beat Swiss Skydiver in the 2020 Kentucky Oaks.
The trainer is Fausto Gutierrez. Irad Ortiz Jr. will be in the irons.
2021 Apple Blossom Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping: Another Broad Race Odds: 10-1
Despite the fact she has never won a graded-stakes race – or any race at all in the past two years – Another Broad has actually been fairly competitive in most of her starts and has put more than $400,000 in the bank in her 24 race career.
She has finished in the money in 13 of those 24 starts and closed out 2020 by running third in both the (G2) Falls City Stakes and the (G3) Allaird Dupont Stakes at Churchill Downs and Laurel Park, respectively. She opened this year as a non-factor in the Bayakoa, where she finished sixth.
Trainer Steve Asmussen won this race in 2015, jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. won in 2018.
Here’s My 2021 Apple Blossom Handicap Free Pick.
While it’s a fact that in North American horse racing fillies and mares don’t typically get the attention the colts do, there is absolutely no doubt that Monomoy Girl deserves kudos as one of the best race horses of the era of either gender.
All she does is win, and I’ll pick her to do so again on Saturday.
Full Field: Apple Blossom Handicap Betting Odds
- Monomoy Girl 1-1
- Swiss Skydiver 2-1
- Letruska 4-1
- Getridofwhatailesu 6-1
- Another Broad 10-1
- Chance To Shine 20-1
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