Hallandale Beach FL, December 25, 2021 – Unusual quality Sunday programs thanks to a Saturday Christmas.
Sunday, of course, is prime time Santa Anita as the venue celebrates it traditional day-after season opener.
Of particular national interest is the Grade 1 Malibu at 7 furlongs for three-year-olds.
We fully realize that Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Aloha West is the leader in the Eclipse clubhouse, but this category might still be open. Consider:
Were Dr. Schivel, who lost the Sprint by several grains of Del Mar sand to Aloha West last month, were to rebound with a victory, it would be his second Grade 1 and improve his slate to (5) 4-1-0 for the season.
And what happens if the freakish Flightline blows the doors of the Malibu by wide-open lengths, improving his career to 3-for-3, an effort that convinces many he is the best sprinter in all the land? We predict that vote will become a horse race.
This Grade 1 almost always is good theater. Sunday’s Malibu might be historical at the end of the day. Post time is 6:49 EDT. Can hardly wait.
Meanwhile, you may be entertained by a six-pack of betting grids as prelude, including the G1 La Brea. So, like Hyman says, “Enjoy.”
Tropical Park Derby Race 10
PROJECTED WINNER: 2-Never Surprised (8-5)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box with 5-Yes This Time (9-2)
TAMPA BAY DOWNS
Optional Allowances Race 3
PROJECTED WINNER: 5-Obiwan (10-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box with 2-Wolfie’s Dynaghost (1-1). Exacta Boxes including 5-Obiwan, 2-Wolfie’s Dynaghost, 3-Two Steppin Kluki (10-1) and 6-Nick Papagiogio (4-1).
SANTA ANITA PARK
G2 San Gabriel Race 5
PROJECTED WINNER: 2-Friar’s Road (5-2)
EXOTICA: Friar’s Road to win at 5-2 or greater. Exacta Key-Box 2-Friar’s Road with 4-Hit the Road (8-5) and 6-Red Storm Risen (4-1). Trifecta Wheel using 1-Indian Peak (8-1) and 7-Ready Soul (6-1) for third.
G2 San Antonio Race 6
PROJECTED WINNER: 4-Hot Rod Charlie (6-5)
EXOTICA: 4-Hot Rod Charlie to win at 6-5 or greater. Exacta Key-Box 4-Hot Rod Charlie with 2-Express Train (7-2) and 5-Eight Rings (4-1). Trifecta Wheel using 6-Kiss Today Goodbye (5-1) for third.
G2 Santa Anita Mathis Mile Race 7
PROJECTED WINNER: 7-Du Jour (3-1)
EXOTICA: 7-Du Jour to win at 2-1 or greater. Exacta Key-Box 7-Du Jour with 8-Beyond Brilliant (5-2) and Law Professor (8-1). Trifecta Wheel using 5-Cane Creek Road (20-1) and 6-Flashiest (5-1) for third.
Grade 1 La Brea Race 8
PROJECTED WINNER: 4-Private Mission (8-5) to win
EXOTICA: Private Mission to win at 1-1 or greater. Exacta Box 3-Kalypso (5-1) and 4-Private Mission. Exacta and Trifecta Wheel 3-Kalypso and 4-Private Mission with 5-Missy P (5-2) for second and third.
Grade 1 Malibu Race 10
PROJECTED WINNER: Triple Tap (5-1)
EXOTICA: 7-Triple Tap to win at 5-1 or greater. Exacta Key-Box with 4-Dr. Schivel (5-2) and 5-Flightline (4-5). Trifecta Box 4-5-7.
Grade 1 American Oaks Race 11
PROJECTED WINNER: 5-Going Global (9-5)
EXOTICA: Going Global to win at 6-5 or greater. Exacta Key-Box with 4-Nicest (8-1), 1-Fluffy Socks (3-1), 11-Single Soul (12-1) and 8-Ivy League (20-1). Superfecta Key 5-Going Global first and second with 184.108.40.206–extra Ticket with Going Global first.
Exotica horses listed in graded order. Per usual, all multiple wagers made a minimums available per each pool, win wagers at the $2 increment