Canadian Turf Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Canadian Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Canadian Turf Stakes is set for February 27 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Canadian Turf Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Canadian Turf Stakes
- Purse: $125,000
- Track: Gulfstream Park
- Date: February 27
- Post Time: 2:53 PM (ET)
- Live: Canadian Turf Stakes Odds: Click Here
2021 Canadian Turf Stakes Handicapping
Of the eight graded-stakes races on the Saturday card at Gulfstream, the one that might offer the best betting value is the (G3) Canadian Turf.
Open to horses aged four and older, the Canadian Turf has drawn a very competitive field of nine, with a good mix of previous stakes winners and no clear favourite. They’ll be running 1 1/16 miles on the Gulfstream Park grass.
Odds listed here are from the Gulfstream Park track handicapper.
2021 Canadian Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Olympic Runner Race Odds: 3-1
The lukewarm morning line favourite, Olympic Runner scored his maiden win at Gulfstream back in January 2019 and has spent most of his career since then racing at Woodbine in Toronto.
He has multiple stakes and graded-stakes starts in Canada and was competitive in most of them, with a win and a pair of runner up finishes. His last two starts have come at Gulfstream, and he was a winner last out when he made a strong late kick to prevail by a head over a rival he’ll face here again.
Trainer Mark Casse tries for his first Canadian Turf win, jockey John Velazquez has won five times.
2021 Canadian Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Eons Race Odds: 4-1
The well travelled Eons has made 15 starts at eight different tracks, but this will be his Gulfstream Park debut. While he hasn’t scored a win in his last seven starts, he has been showing good form lately with a pair of runner-up efforts.
Last out he was second beaten by just 3/4 lengths in the (G3) Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Downs. Prior to that he was also second but just in a neck back of the winner in an allowance level race where the time came back just a half-second off the track record.
The trainer is Arnaud Delacourt, while Gulfstream leading rider Irad Ortiz Jr. will be in the irons.
2021 Canadian Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Venezuelan Hug Race Odds: 9-2
The only Florida-bred runner in the field, Venezuelan Hug is a kind of all-or-nothing horse, with five wins, one third place and three off-the-board finishes on his resume.
He comes into the Canadian Turf on a two-race winning streak, the last of those coming in the Sunshine Turf stakes against other Florida breds on the Gulfstream track and at the 1 1/16 miles distance. Prior to that he had won the Millions Turf Preview Stakes at Gulfstream Park West, another event restricted to Florida breds.
He’s trained by Danny Gargan, with Junior Alvarado getting the call to ride.
2021 Canadian Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Fancy Liquor Race Odds: 8-1
One that is trying to recapture his form, Fancy Liquor won his career debut just over a year ago and then reeled off six more in-the-money finishes. Included in those was the (G2) American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs.
He followed that up with a second place effort in the Byron Station Stakes at Keeneland, where he led late but was just caught in the shadow of the wire. Since then the wheels have come off a bit, and he has run fifth in his past two starts.
Trainer Michael Maker won the race in 2018, the jockey will be Jose Ortiz.
Here’s My 2021 Canadian Turf Stakes Free Pick.
In a fairly contentious field, this might be a race where you’d want to watch the odds board a bit before you put down your bet. But more than 24 hours before race time I’m going to play a bit of a hunch and take Eons for the win.
While typically wary of horses on long losing streaks, I like his last two races where he just missed in both, and perhaps the addition of a top jock like Irad Ortiz might prove to be the difference maker here.
Full Field: Canadian Turf Stakes Betting Odds
- Olympic Runner 3-1
- Winters Back 7-2
- Eons 4-1
- Venezuelan Hug 9-2
- Fancy Liquor 8-1
- Monarch’s Glen 8-1
- Bizzee Channel 12-1
- Dynadrive 15-1
- Gear Jockey 20-1
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