2021 Top Stakes Races to Bet On From Oct. 29th to 31st

2021 Top Stakes Races to Bet On From Oct. 29th to 31st

Starting on Friday, five graded stakes races are on tap, including the always popular Grade 2 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. Santa Anita’s top graded race is the Grade 2 Twilight Derby on Sunday. Belmont’s graded race this weekend is also on Sunday, the Grade 3 Bold Ruler. 

Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Friday, Oct. 29th to Sunday, Oct. 31st. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.

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Top Stakes Races for the Week

  • When: Friday, Oct. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 31

Keeneland Race Course – Friday, Oct. 29

  • Grade 3 Rubicon Valley View Stakes – 1 1/16 miles turf – $150,000

Oyster Box, trained by Graham Motion, should go off the favorite. Kenny McPeek’s Crazy Beautiful will get some play. Navratilova and Lady Speightspere could get a few looks. 

The horse to really consider could be Flown from the Brendan Walsh barn. The Kitten’s Joy sired runner finished third behind Oyster Box in the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes in her last. Flown might be sitting on a big try.     

Keeneland Race Course – Saturday, Oct. 30

  • Grade 2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes – 1 1/8 miles dirt – $200,000

Grade 1 Woodward fourth-place finisher Code of Honor leads a field of eight in what should be a fantastic running of the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes. Code of Honor, no doubt, will go off the big time chalk.

Sleepy Eyes Todd finished second in the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic behind Woodward winner Art Collector in his last. Sleepy will have to win this off the bench since the CT Classic happens in late August. 

King Fury returns to graded stakes competition after dominating a field of lesser in the Bourbon Trail. Horseplayers must take Curlin’s son seriously because when trainer Kenny McPeek gets them to run well, his horses can put together two to three straight winning performances. 

Santa Anita Park – Saturday, Oct. 30

  • Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes – 1 mile turf – $100,000

Spanish Loveaffair heads to the Great Race Place after winning the ungraded Pebbles Stakes at Belmont in her last. Loveaffair should garner plenty of betting attention.

Madone, trained by Simon Callaghan, is the home track runner to beat. The Vancouver sired miss won the Grade 2 San Clemente a couple of races ago. The fifth place finish in the Jockey Club Oaks wasn’t bad because the field in the Oaks towers over the one in this. 

Peter Miller trained Zero Tolerance heads into this off a win. She’ll also garner action.  

Belmont Park – Sunday, Oct. 31

  • Grade 3 Bold Ruler Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – $200,000

Seven quality runners will line up for the Grade 3 Bold Ruler on Sunday. Among the seven, Plainsman, trained by Brad Cox, should go off as one of the chalks. Plainsman won the Grade 3 Ack Ack in the six-year-old’s last.

Second-place Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap finisher Wendell Fong will also get a look. Wendell won the Fireplug at Laurel in the race before. 

Drafted, Wondrwherecraigis, Lil Commissioner, Mr. Phil, and Endorsed should also run. Among those five, Wondrwherecraigis might get the most play since the gelding goes for scorching trainer Brittany Russell.     

Santa Anita Park – Sunday, Oct. 31

  • Grade 2 Twilight Derby – 1 1/8 miles turf – $200,000

Santa Anita Derby winner Rock Your World returns to the turf after four straight losses over dirt. Rock Your World won his first two races on the grass. The John Sadler runner figures to go off at underlay odds.

If you’re looking for value, consider Peter Miller trained None Above The Law. The Krakonite sired runner has won two straight, including the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby in his last. Flashiest, who finished second in the Del Mar Derby, and Subconscious from the Richard Mandell barn could also challenge Rock.


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