2021 Top Stakes Races for the Week Jan. 25th Edition

2021 Top Stakes Races for the Week Jan. 25th Edition

Written by on January 25, 2021

Gulfstream Park had one of their biggest days on Saturday, January 23. But although the Florida track won’t run a Grade 1 race this Saturday, they have scheduled five Grade 3 events including the Holy Bull, a Kentucky Derby prep. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Saturday, January 30th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.

Horse Racing Odds & Picks for January 30th Races

Aqueduct Racetrack – Saturday, January 30

  • Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $150,000

Connections for five horses have said they’re entering the Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes. Share the Ride, Pete’s Play Call, Malibu Pro, Drafted, and American Power will all run for the top prize. Expect Rudy Rodriguez trained Pete’s Play Call to attract the most action.

Gulfstream Park – Saturday, January 30

  • Grade 3 Sweetest Chant Stakes – 1 mile turf – $100,000

No doubt, Chad Brown trained Domain Expertise will attract the bulk of the wagering dollars in the Sweetest Chant. Todd Pletcher trained Con Lima may go off the favorite, though. The Commissioner sired runner won the non-graded Ginger Brew Stakes in her last

  • Grade 3 Kitten Joy Stakes – 1 mile turf – $100,000

Pletcher’s got another possible favorite on Saturday’s Gulfstream card. Never Surprised is undefeated after two races. Sired by Constitution, the three-year-old colt won the Central Park Stakes in only his second start. Expect handicappers to turn the money flow faucet on and send the bulk of the wagering dollars towards Todd’s horse. 

  • Grade 3 Forward Gal Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $100,000

Last out maiden winner Zaajel will get some looks. But the Todd Pletcher trained runner could be in for a rude awakening versus Competitive Speed. Trained by Javier Gonzalez, the likely favorite is on a three race winning streak, including winning the Glitter Woman where she beat Shop Girl and Gone to Cabo.

  • Grade 3 Swale Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $100,000

So far, six horses will run in the Grade 3 Swale on Saturday. Candy Man Rocket, Amount, Poppy’s Pride, Likeable, Drain the Clock, and By George should all enter. Michael Yates trained Poppy’s Pride has won four in a row. The Khozan sired gelding could go off the chalk.

  • Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes – 1 1/16 miles dirt – $200,000

Ten horses, including likely favorite Prime Factor, will run in the Grade 3 Holy Bull on Saturday. The winner steps onto the Triple Crown Trail. Greatest Honour and Simovitch must just run well to continue towards the Kentucky Derby. Iroquois winner Sittin on Go must prove he belongs because he’s failed in his last couple of races. 

Santa Anita Park – Saturday, January 30

  • Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes – 1 1/16 miles dirt – $100,000

Ten horses could also lineup for Santa Anita’s weekend Kentucky Derby prep, the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Bob Baffert will saddle two, Medina Spirit and Spielberg. Doug O’Neill will have a couple, Hot Rod Charlie and Wipe The Slate. John Shirreffs could put the saddle on three, including Bob Hope winner Red Flag.   

  • Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes – 1 ¼ miles turf – $200,000

The San Marcos figures to attract a solid field. Acclimate, Oscar Dominguez, Cleopatra’s Strike, and Multiplier are some of the name runners that will enter the starting gate.

  • Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $200,000

The Grade 2 San Pasqual is a prep for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in early March. Fourth place Cigar Mile runner King Guillermo and Malibu Stakes second-place finisher Express Train headline the event. The winner becomes a Big Cap favorite. 

Have a great week!

ram