HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, January 1, 2022 — Horsemen entrusted with the fortunes of three-year-old race horses all have visions of roses this morning. Talent would be great, obviously, but if your horse is of the proper age and comes replete with four legs, a mane, and a tail, you’re on the road to find out.
We have opinions on the Gotham, Mucho Macho Man, the Smarty Jones and the Sham, all at one mile–two with two turns, two without, which we’ll share throughout early Saturday in this space.
For now, we’ve have two wagering grids complete–one for the Gulfstream feature, the other for a exceedingly bettable maiden turf allowances from Tampa Bay Downs. First stop, Oldsmar:
TAMPA BAY DOWNS
Maiden Allowances Race 6
PROJECTED WINNER: 4-Luna Antonia (6-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 3-Wingspun (6-1), 4-Luna Antonia, 5-Miss Sugar Hill (8-1) and 7-Cornice Traverse (5-1). Exacta Wheel: 3.4 with 18.104.22.168. Superfecta Box: 3,4,5,7 and 10-Electorate (3-1). Value Play: Luna Antonia to win at 4-1 or more.
Mucho Macho Man Stakes Race 10
PROJECTED WINNER: 5-Skippylongstocking (7-2)
EXOTICA: 5-Skippylongstocking to win at 3-1 or greater. Exacta Key Box: 5 with 2-Strike Hard (2-1), 3-Simplification (3-1) and 6-Graphic Detail (5-2).
SANTA ANITA PARK
G3 Sham Stakes
PROJECTED WINNER: 1-Mackinnon (3-1)
EXOTICA: 1-Mackinnon (3-1) to win at 5-2 or greater. Trifecta Key: 1-Mackinnon first and second with all: 2-Oviatt Class (7-2), 3-Newgrange (2-1), 4-Rockefeller (8-5), and 5-Degree of Risk (12-1).
Jerome Stakes Race 8
PROJECTED WINNER: 1-Cooke Creek (5-2)
EXOTICA: Exacta and Trifecta Key Box: 1-Cooke Creek first and second with 3-Ohtwoohthreefive (7-2), 6-Courvoisier (5-1) and 8-Hagler (4-1)–adding 7-Mr Jefferson (9-2) for third in the trifecta mix.
Smarty Jones Stakes Race 9
PROJECTED WINNER: 3-Home Brew (3-1)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 9-Don’tcrossthedevil (15-1)
EXOTICA: 9-Don’tcrossthedevil to win at 8-1 or greater. Trifecta Key Box: 9-Don’tcrossthedevil with 3-Home Brew, 4-Kavod (5-1), 10-Barber Road (4-1) and 14-Ben Diesel (5-1)
All suggested plays at pool minimums available; straight wagers at $2 increment