Horse Racing Betting: 2021 Triple Crown Update

Posted by Derrick Harper on March 31, 2021 in

There were some major shifts among the leaders on the Triple Crown trail last weekend as some of the most important races of the year took place. The Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park, and the UAE Derby all resulted in some shifts on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. Let’s take a look at some of the major moves leading up to the Triple Crown series so you can keep planning your bets against their Triple Crown odds.

Triple Crown Betting Update

Like the King becomes a top name

M Racing Group’s Like the King is now a leading name on the Triple Crown trail following his victory in Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park, which offered Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers.

The Palace Malice colt trained by Wesley Ward cleared the field after sitting in the back, and he now has three consecutive races as the first- or second-place finisher.

He will now target the Kentucky Derby, which will be his first race outside Turfway Park’s Tapeta surface since last October.

Known Agenda takes Florida Derby

The other big shift last weekend came after Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher’s Known Agenda scored the Florida Derby (G1), bringing his Kentucky Derby qualifying point total to 102 points. With the victory that witnessed Known Agenda outrun the 4-5 favorite Greatest Honour, Pletcher took his sixth Florida Derby.

Owned by St. Elias Stable, Known Agenda won the biggest Kentucky Derby prep race by 2 3/4 lengths. He will be Pletcher’s 18th straight starter in The Run for the Roses.

Rebel’s Romance a possible contender

The other Kentucky Derby qualifier that ran over the weekend was the UAE Derby (G2), which also offered points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers. The event was taken by Rebel’s Romance, an Irish-bred gelding from Dubawi owned by Godolphin.

While Rebel’s Romance could become a name on the Triple Crown trail, trainer Charles Appleby has not yet committed to running him in the Kentucky Derby.

Soup and Sandwich, Sainthood rising in level

Two names that are quickly rising in level are Live Oak Plantation’s Soup and Sandwich and WinStar Farm and CHC INC’s Sainthood.

There was a lot of talk about Soup and Sandwich over the weekend, especially as he looked like he was in a good position to upset the Florida Derby field. While he couldn’t cross the wire first, he came close in second.

The breakthrough runner-up effort has propelled the runner forward, and he is now heading to Churchill Downs. The question is whether or not he will handle the other top talent on the Triple Crown trail.

Both Soup and Sandwich and Sainthood are horses that never raced in their two-year-old seasons but are now looking to run in the Kentucky Derby as three-year-olds. Trained by Todd Pletcher as well, Sainthood was the second-place finisher in the Jeff Ruby.

Upcoming races to watch

This weekend’s racing could cause even more shifts on the Triple Crown trail. Some of the major prep races offering Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a scale of 100-40-20-10 are set to run.

The three top races to pay attention to are the Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland, the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct, and the Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita. All of them are offering points on a 100-40-20-10 scale as well.