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2021 American Pharoah Stakes Tips - 14/1 outsider the Joker in the pack

  • Tips and Odds for the 2021 American Pharoah Stakes
  • This Group One takes place at Santa Anita on Friday 1st October
  • Corniche tops the betting for Bob Baffert and Mile Smith
  • Joker Boy is our best betting tip at 14/1
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Santa Anita's Autumn Meet begins on Friday, with the Group One American Pharoah Stakes headlining the opening day's action. This top juvenile contest was first run back in 1970. In 2018, it was renamed in honour of American Pharoah, who won this Group One in 2014 before going on to achieve great things over the next couple of seasons.

We've taken a look through the field for the 2021 American Pharoah Stakes and picked out our best US racing betting tips.

2021 American Pharoah Stakes Odds

Oviatt Class4/1
Joker Boy14/1
Flying Drummer14/1

*Odds taken on 1/10/218

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Bob Baffert, the trainer of American Pharoah, accounts for three of the seven entrants. The betting is dominated by Corniche, who cost Baffert well over $1m as a yearling and produced a strong display to win over five-and-a-half furlongs on debut.

Flying Drummer is still a maiden after two starts, but ran well when second to Oviatt Class in a maiden last time out. That was Oviatt Class' first victory in three starts, and Keith Desormeaux has decided to thrust his juvenile straight into Group One company.

Baffert's third and final runner is Rockefeller who, like Corniche, was also an expensive purchase and impressed when making a winning debut at Del Mar last month.

Brian Koriner's Joker Boy is two-from-two so far during his short career and looks ready for this step up in trip. Pappacap beat Finneaus to win the Best Pal Stakes back in August, and they round off the betting for Friday's feature.

2021 American Pharoah Stakes Tips

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Corniche clearly seems the best of Bob Baffert's trio. Although he showed good pace to win over a sprint trip first time out, he's bred to get a mile quite comfortably and he's got the rail to help him along.

While I wouldn't put anyone off backing the favourite, I'd rather take a chance on JOKER BOY at a much bigger price.

Edwin Maldonado's mount started slowly on debut, before coming through with a nice late run to win by half a length. Second time out in the I'm Smokin Stakes, Joker Boy was sent straight to the front and stretched out nicely over the final two furlongs to win by three-and-a-half lengths.

A couple of the horse's Joker Boy beat at Del Mar have come out and won since, so although they were only conditions stakes, they were still decent races. His sire, Practical Joke was a Group One winner over seven furlongs and a mile, and the way he finished off the I'm Smokin Stakes suggested he'd relish the step up to eight furlongs. 


Corniche could be hard to peg back if he's allowed to dictate from stall one. I, however, would rather take a speculative punt on the unbeaten Joker Boy at a much more attractive price.

2021 American Pharoah Stakes Tips: Joker Boy Each-Way @1400.0 at BetMGM - 5 Units

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