Cigar Mile Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Cigar Mile Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Cigar Mile is set for December 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York, NY. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Cigar Mile Preview
- Race: Cigar Mile
- Purse: $750,000
- Track: Aqueduct Racetrack
- Date: December 4
- Post Time: 4:13 PM (ET)
- Live: Cigar Mile Odds: Click Here
2021 Cigar Mile Handicapping
Saturday afternoon racing at the track they call The Big A includes four graded-stakes races with a combined purse of $1.5 million. Half of that will be handed out in the (G1) Cigar Mile, the final race on the 10-race card.
Open to horses age three and older, the race will be run on the Aqueduct dirt track. Eight are expected to go to the post in what shapes up to be a very competitive betting race.
Odds listed here are provided by the Aqueduct track handicapper.
2021 Cigar Mile Free Pick & Handicapping: Ginobli Race Odds: 7-2
Second by more than five lengths last out in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, prior to that Ginobli had reeled off a pair of consecutive wins. The second of those came in the (G2) Pat O’Brien Stakes against a very good field.
You’ll typically find him trying a bit shorter distance than this, although he does have a win and a runner-up finish in two tries going a mile. Overall he has three wins in 14 lifetime starts, but you can toss the four efforts he made on the turf, where he is 0-for-4.
The trainer is Richard Baltas, Drayden Van Dyke gets the call to ride.
2021 Cigar Mile Free Pick & Handicapping: Independence Hall Race Odds: 7-2
The last-out winner of the (G2) Fayetteville Stakes at Keeneland, at first glance it might be easy to dismiss Independence Hall on the basis of having only one win in six starts in 2021.
That is until you take into consideration the very good company he has been keeping, including twice going up against BC Classic winner Knicks Go, as well as other multiple-graded stakes winners such as Maxfield. It’s notable that he is 2-for-2 at the distance and also 2-for-2 on the Aqueduct dirt.
He’s trained by Mike McCarthy, jockey Javier Castellano will be in the irons.
2021 Cigar Mile Free Pick & Handicapping: Following Sea Race Odds: 5-1
Speaking of keeping good company, Following Sea has made three of his last four starts in Grade 1 races and has had good results in all of them as he sports a record of 3-1-3 in seven total starts.
He looked very good two starts back in winning the (G2) Vosburgh Stakes by more than four lengths. The bulk of his races have come at the six furlong distance – although he did run third going 1 1/8 miles in the (G1) Haskell Stakes, and here he tries the flat mile of the first time.
The trainer is Todd Pletcher, veteran John Velazquez has the mount.
2021 Cigar Mile Free Pick & Handicapping: Code Of Honor Race Odds: 6-1
The runner-up in the 2019 Kentucky Derby and winner of the (G1) Travers Stakes that same year, Code Of Honor has put together a very nice career, winning seven of 19 lifetime starts and banking just shy of $3 million.
He has yet to finish out of the money at the one mile distance. It’s worth noting that he was no match for Independence Hall last out in the Fayetteville, finishing seven lengths back of that one on a sloppy track.
He’s a Shug McGaughey trainee, Tyler Gaffalione is the rider.
Here’s My 2021 Cigar Mile Free Pick.
This is a tough handicapping race where you could make a good case for any of the top four. On current form the nod goes to Independence Hall, while Code Of Honor probably shows the most back class.
I’m going to go in a different direction and take Following Sea at a bit of a price. In two of his last four he’s had trip problems not of his making that probably cost him a better result. In one other he was beaten by superstars Jackie’s Warrior and Life Is Good, both of whom came back to win their next race.
For him, it will all be about how he handles the added distance.
Full Field: Cigar Mile Odds
(By post position)
- #1 – Following Sea 5-1
- #2 – Plainsman 12-1
- #3 – Americanrevolution 5-2
- #4 – Code Of Honor 6-1
- #5 – Independence Hall 7-2
- #6 – Ginobli 7-2
- #7 – Olympiad 10-1
- #8 – Pipeline 15-1
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