Acorn Stakes 2021 Picks: Casse Make Mischief on the dirt

HOF trainer Mark Casse should not be underestimated in this race. He has a long shot ... take notice!
HOF trainer Mark Casse should not be underestimated in this race. He has a long shot ... take notice!

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1 Mile (Dirt) The Acorn Stakes (G1) $500k, 3F

If there is a “highlight” race for 3-yr-old fillies, then it must be the Acorn S. to the tune of $500k. With a major portion going to the victor, there are a number of celebrated trainers who want to see their charge get home. Last time we watched this race it was the impressive Gamine who won for trainer Bob Baffert. That seems like eons ago, especially after all that has happened to this barn over the past year.

Here in 2021, at the top of the list in this race is Chad Brown’s Search Results #6 who is 1/1 on the M/L. Is that deserved? Klaravich thinks so, since it is their investment. I probably would tend to agree … her effort in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) warrants it, especially because she did hang with Pletcher’s ace who took the prize. Coming into this race, I see her having a bit of a letdown, and I do not mind taking a stand against her.

Ever since last year in the Alcibiades (G1), I have backed Brad Cox’s Travel Column #1 because she comes from Frosted, and ran fabulously in a couple of tries at the Fair Grounds. Coming into the KYO at Churchill she had much to like. The results did not come … Finishing 5th was decidedly a miss. Now, she is ready for a bounce back, and I like the fact that Florent Geroux makes the trip to New York. Cox’s year just keeps getting better and better …

To add one more to the mix, do not leave out a long shot like Mark Casse’s Make Mischief #5. The filly was stout along the rail against a full-field of 12. The Eight Belles (G2) on Oaks Day was her best race to-date. Tyler Gaffalione did an effective job at odds of 24/1. Hopes are high for this one, and I bet she can get a piece of the action once again. Do not underestimate Casse’s ability because he has a lifetime of experience under his belt. Moving from a 7F spot to a 1 Mile should make this pick a good one!

Wagering Recommendation: $1 Trifecta Box, 1/5/6

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