Stephen Foster Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Stephen Foster Stakes is set for June 26 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Stephen Foster Stakes Preview and Prediction
- Race: Stephen Foster Stakes
- Purse: $600,000
- Track: Churchill Downs
- Date: June 26
- Post Time: 5:59 PM (ET)
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2021 Stephen Foster Stakes Handicapping
Capping an excellent Saturday of racing at Churchill, the (G2) Stephen Foster Stakes is open to horses age four and older, and they’ll race 1 1/8 miles on the Churchill dirt track.
The 2021 version of the Stephen Foster has drawn a field of nine contenders. There’s one very heavy favourite among those, so if you like anyone else you’re going to get great betting value.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2021 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Maxfield Race Odds: 4-7
Until injury derailed his chances to qualify, Maxfield was considered a serious contender for the 2020 Kentucky Derby after he fired off three straight wins to launch his racing career, with two of those at the graded-stakes level.
After being away from racing for seven months he picked up right where he left off in late December and comes into the Stephen Foster with wins in three of his last four, including a last-out win at Churchill in the (G2) Alysheba Stakes, where he missed setting the 1 1/16 miles track record by only 3/10s of a second.
He’s trained by Brenden Walsh, jockey Jose Ortiz will ride.
2021 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Visitant Race Odds: 6-1
Second to Maxfield in the Alysheba, Visitant sports a pretty solid racing record of his own, with six wins and 10 in-the-money finishes in 12 lifetime starts.
He is a stakes winner as well, as two back he took the Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park. He also has a stakes win at Golden Gate Field under his saddle, but has yet to score at the graded-stakes level.
The trainer is William Morrey, James Graham will be in the saddle.
2021 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Warrior’s Charge Race Odds: 8-1
After making his stakes debut by running fourth in the 2019 Preakness, Warrior’s Charge seemed set to make some noise as a serious stakes horse, and he did follow up his Preakness effort with a win in the (G3) Razorback Handicap and a runner up finish in the (G2) Oaklawn Handicap.
He has struggled since mid-2020, however, and is now winless in his last four, failing to make any real impact in any of those races, including last out when he was fifth and beaten almost 10 lengths in the (G3) Steve Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park.
He’s a Florida bred trained by Brad Cox, Florent Geroux gets the call to ride.
2021 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Silver Dust Race Odds: 14-1
Third in this race last year, Silver Dust is a hard-knocking seven year old who has put close to a million dollars in the bank on the strength of a career record of seven wins and 19 in-the-money finishes in 33 lifetime starts.
He also comes into this race with some momentum, having last out won the (G3) Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland, prevailing by a half-length in a five-horse photo finish.
Bret Calhoun is the trainer, Adam Beschizza will ride.
Here’s My 2021 Stephen Foster Stakes Free Pick.
Any way you handicap it, this is simply Maxfield’s race to lose and I’ll pick him for the win.
I expect he may be as low as 1-9 when the gates swing open, so there is little return in a win bet, but I’ll try to get a bit of value and use both Visitant and Silver Dust underneath in the exacta.
Full Field: Stephen Foster Stakes Betting Odds
(By post position)
- #1 – Chess Chief 16-1
- #2 – Empty Tomb 40-1
- #3 – Necker Island 25-1
- #4 – Sprawl 16-1
- #5 – Silver Dust 14-1
- #6 – Warrior’s Charge 8-1
- #7 – South Bend 16-1
- #8 – Maxfield 4-7
- #9 – Visitant 6-1
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