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Racing Dudes 2021 Blue Grass Wagering Guide and Picks
Essential Quality winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Keeneland (Credit: Coady Photography)

Racing Dudes 2021 Blue Grass Wagering Guide and Picks

Godolphin’s undefeated homebred Essential Quality, the champion 2-year-old male of 2020, is the 3-5 morning line choice for Saturday’s 97th running of the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

“It’s very rare for a horse to be able to be 4 for 4 and have different tactics,” Essential Quality’s trainer Brad Cox said. “He’s won from three- quarters all the way to 1 1/16 miles at the Grade 1 level. I just think it speaks volumes to actually how good he is and how much talent he has. We’re in a good spot with him. He’s just a very good horse.”

Will 2-year-old champion stay perfect in his final prep for the Kentucky Derby? Keep reading.

Inside Track to the 2021 Blue Grass

This Inside Track to the Blue Grass wagering guide gives you an inside look at the six stakes running at Keeneland on April 3, 2021, including the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2). The 1 1/8-mile race is worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top 4 finishers on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

The Racing Dudes have been at it for over 9 years, offering daily handicapping picks and analysis for every track across the country. For this year’s Inside Track to the Blue Grass, our lead handicappers have been scouring through the card at Keeneland in search of winning tickets on this loaded day of racing.

The six stakes – all graded – total $2.1 million in purses and include both Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep races in the Blue Grass and the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), as well as the $300,000 Madison (G1), the $200,000 Appalachian (G2), the $200,000 Shakertown (G2), and the $200,000 Commonwealth (G3).

But that’s not all! Along with the six major stakes races, this Inside Track to the Blue Grass wagering guide also includes race-by-race analysis, betting suggestions, and multi-race plays for Keeneland’s entire Saturday card.

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Inside Track to the 2021 Blue Grass

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For each of the six stakes at Keeneland, you will find the following:


  • Race Overview
  • Race Shape and Pace Analysis
  • Top Selections
  • Major Threats
  • Longshots to Use

You will also find specific wagering under the “Picks and Plays” section, which includes:

  • Win Bet
  • Place or Show Bet
  • Longshot to Play Across the Board
  • Exacta
  • Trifecta
  • Superfecta
  • Horses to use in Multi-Race Wagers
  • What to Play on a Straight Wager
  • What to Play on an Exotic Wager

Each Win, Place, Show, or Across the Board wager comes with a confidence rating so that you can see how strongly we feel about each pick.

A sample of guide is available for download here. This INSIDE TRACK TO THE BLUE GRASS wagering guide is included FREE with any subscription or can be purchased individually by clicking the banner below for $29.95.

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