Pacific Classic Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Pacific Classic Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Pacific Classic is set for August 21 at Del Mar Race Course in Del Mar, California. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Pacific Classic Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Pacific Classic Stakes
- Purse: $1 million
- Track: Del Mar Race Course
- Date: August 21
- Post Time: 6:33 PM (PT)
- Live: Pacific Classic Stakes Odds: Click Here
2021 Pacific Classic Stakes Handicapping
The winner’s share of the $1 million purse and an automatic berth in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic is on the line Saturday afternoon at Del Mar, where nine are expected to go to the post for the (G1) Pacific Classic Stakes.
Open to horses age three and older, the Pacific Classic is run at a distance of 1 1/4 miles on the Del Mar dirt track.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2021 Pacific Classic Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Express Train Race Odds: 33-10
Coming into the race in excellent form, Express Train has finished in the money in his last six races going back to late 2020. All of those were Grade 1 or Grade 2 level stakes. In fact, he’s only finished out of the money in two of his 12 career races to date.
He has a pair of wins in that recent six-race span, including last out on the Del Mar dirt where he tracked the pace, went to the front and then held on late to get a 1/2-length win over a trio that he’ll be facing here again.
The trainer is John Sherriffs, jockey JJ Hernandez gets the call to ride.
2021 Pacific Classic Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Dr. Post Race Odds: 4-1
A winner of two-of-three this year and four of nine lifetime, Dr. Post is another coming into the race off a win, as he took the (G3) Monmouth Cup Stakes at Monmouth Park in mid July. There he came from off the pace to go six wide on the final turn and power down the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Last year as a three-year-old he ran second in the (G1) Belmont Stakes and third in the (G1) Haskell Stakes.
The Pacific Classic is one of the few big races Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher has yet to win, while jockey Joel Rosario has a pair of previous wins ion his resume.
2021 Pacific Classic Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Royal Ship Race Odds: 11-4
Brazil-bred Royal Ship was a Grade 1 winner on his native soil before shipping up to the US one year ago. He hit the board first time out when running third in the (G2) Del Mar Handicap, but it took five North America starts before he scored his first win in the (G2) California Stakes at Santa Anita last April.
He was the beaten favourite last out in the (G2) San Diego Handicap, finishing third and 1 1/4 lengths behind Express Train.
Cal-based trainer Richard Mandella has won this race on four previous occasions, while jockey Mike Smith is also a four-time winner.
2021 Pacific Classic Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Tizamagician Race Odds: 7-1
One of several that seems to be in top form right now, Tizamagician has two wins and a runner up finish in his last three starts, and three wins and two-second place finishes in six races so far in 2021.
He’s also another last-out winner on the Del Mar dirt, as he hit the wire first by 2 1/4 lengths when racing 1 1/2 miles in the (G3) Cougar II Stakes.
He’s the second starter in the race for trainer Richard Mandella. Jockey Flavian Prat won the race in 2019.
Here’s My 2021 Pacific Classic Stakes Free Pick.
I’m not convinced that favoured Express Train can win at the 1 1/4 miles distance he’ll be facing here, and so I’m going to toss him at low odds and look elsewhere for a bit of price.
Dr. Post is one that should handle the trip and I’m tempted to put him on top. But I’m also intrigued with the fact Tizamagician is actually cutting back in distance from his previous three starts, and he seems to have a solid combination of speed and stamina that should serve him well in this field.
I’ll use him for the win, and put Dr. Post in the exacta
Full Field: Pacific Classic Stakes Odds
(By post position)
- #1 – Tripoli 6-1
- #2 – Tizamagician 7-1
- #3 – Dr. Post 4-1
- #4 – Royal Ship 11-4
- #5 – Express Train 33-10
- #6 – Magic On Tap 20-1
- #7 – Independence Hall 7-1
- #8 – Sheriff Brown 50-1
- #9 – Cupid’s Claws 20-1
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