Jeff Ruby Steaks Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks is set for March 27 at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Jeff Ruby Steaks Preview and Prediction
- Race: Jeff Ruby Steaks
- Purse: $250,000
- Track: Turfway Park
- Date: March 27
- Post Time: 6:25 PM (ET)
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2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks Handicapping
First off, no, that’s not a typo. Sponsored by the Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse chain, this race really is called the Jeff Ruby Steaks. And while that may seem to be a bit too clever of a marketing angle, it is a significant race, offering 2021 Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers.
Long known as the Spiral Stakes, the race has produced a couple significant Derby winners, including Lil E Tee at odds of 17-1 in 1992, and 2-1 Animal Kingdom in 2011.
Open to horses age three, the race is run at 1 1/8 miles on the Turfway all-weather tapeta surface. The race has drawn a full field of 12 and offers some great betting value.
Odds listed here are the morning line odds from the Turfway track handicapper.
2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Tarantino Race Odds: 3-1
The lukewarm morning line favourite, Tarantino gets some of that status due the fact he’s been taking on some tougher fields than many of the others in here.
He’s made two straight starts at Gulfstream Park in the (G3) Holy Bull and (G2) Fountain Of Youth and acquitted himself well in both of those, pressing the pace and then fending off the race favourite to run second in the Holy Bull, and then overcoming some trip problems to run fourth in the FOY.
He’s trained by Rudolphe Brisset and Florent Geroux gets the call to ride.
2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Gretzky The Great Race Odds: 5-1
Versatile Ontario-bred Gretzky The Great has proven himself to be capable of winning on multiple surfaces, including both the tapeta course and the turf at his home base of Woodbine. Included in those is a win in the (G1) Summer Stakes, which earned him a spot in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf where he ran sixth.
Last out he set the pace in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway, but yielded late to finish third in his first start in four months.
Trainer Mark Casse and jockey Chris Landeros both go for their first Jeff Ruby win.
2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Like The King Race Odds: 6-1
A hard-luck second in the Battaglia, Like The King was up on the pace early and was making a strong bid along the rail when he was squeezed by the eventual winner in a move that drew a stewards’ inquiry but did not change the final result.
Prior to that he was an easy allowance-level winner going one mile at Turfway, and has never been out of the money in five lifetime starts, with two wins.
The trainer is Wesley Ward, while jockey Drayden Van Dyke will be in the irons.
2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks Free Pick & Handicapping: Hard Rye Guy Race Odds: 10-1
Another one coming out of the Battaglia, Hard Rye Guy had similar issues to Like The King, as he appeared to be making a serious bid between horses in the final 1/16 of a mile but was squeezed and had to check, finishing fourth.
Although it took him four starts to get his maiden win, that came when he first tried the tapeta surface at Turfway. He seems to like the track and has improved his speed figures every time out. Another move forward puts him in the mix.
Ian Wilkes trains, Brian Hernandez Jr. will be in the saddle.
Here’s My 2021 Jeff Ruby Steaks Free Pick.
I mentioned at the top that there is a lot of good betting value to be had in this race, and so with no real standout favourite it makes sense to try to get some of that value with a win bet.
Tarantino has some talent, but this will be his first ever start in the tapeta surface and that for me is reason enough to toss him. Gretzky The Great could be the class of the field but I have concerns about the distance.
If the hole on the rail didn’t close on him I think Like The King would have won the Battaglia, and he should get a good rail trip here again. I’ll take him for the win, and use Hard Rye Guy in the exacta.
Full Field: Jeff Ruby Steaks Betting Odds
- Tarantino 3-1
- Hush Of A Storm 4-1
- Gretzky The Great 5-1
- Like The King 6-1
- Hard Rye Guy 10-1
- Hockey Dad 10-1
- Sainthood 12-1
- Moonlite Strike 12-1
- King’s Ovation 15-1
- Smiley Sobotka 15-1
- Dyn O Mite 15-1
- Awesome Gerry 20-1
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