Top Horses to Bet on Today – Saturday, January 15 Analysis – Saturday, January 15, 2022

by: Ed Meyer

Gulfstream Park

Race #6 – The Sunshine Classic – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 2:31 pm ET Analysis / #1 – Sir Ollie / #3 – Shamrocket / #2 – Big Venezuela

#1 Sir Ollie is a son of Quality Road for Saffie Joseph and Junior Alvarado. 2nd time off the layoff and is 4 for 4 ITM over the course. Sports a bullet work as he is going to take a step up the class ladder seeking a stalking trip along the rail. #3 Shamrocket is a late runner for Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano in the irons. Drops in class and comes off a 56 day break. He fires well off the shelf and should be a factor. #2 Big Venezuela is a speedster going to post in the hands of Luis Saez who scores at a 21% win clip with early runners. Ships in from Laurel as a beaten chalk with a new pilot today.

Race #10 – The Sunshine Sprint – 6f – 4:42 pm ET Analysis / #2 – Pudding / #5 – Gatsby / #7 – Legal Deal

#2 Pudding is a stalker for Elizabeth Dobles and Javier Castellano. The race is laden with speed and may get the garden trip with a top rider in the irons. He is 6 for 8 ITM over the track and cuts back in distance. #5 Gatsby sports blistering speed for Carlos Diaz and Luis Saez. He is 9 for 14 ITM over the course and Saez wins 21% with speedy style runners. Switching riders may be a plus in this field. #7 Legal Deal has Edwin Gonzalez in the saddle for Carlos Diaz. He has early foot and is 6 for 10 ITM over the track. Cuts back in distance and will be effective on the lead.


Santa Anita

Race #3 – The California Cup Derby – 1 1/16 – 4:00 pm ET Analysis / #3 – Fast Draw Munnings / #4 – Finneus / #1- Highland Ghost

#3 Fast Draw Munnings is a stalker for Jeff Mullins and Drayden Van Dyke. 3rd time off the layoff and gets added distance today. Going into a route event he wins 20% and he sports a bullet work. #4 Finneus is a deep closer for Walther Solis and John Velasquez in the irons. This son of Stay Thirsty will come calling late. He is 2 for 3 ITM over the course. #1 Highland Ghost is a speedster with Flavien Prat in the irons. Prat wins 31% with early runners and goes from synthetic to dirt today.


Race #10 – The California Oaks – 1 mile on the turf – 7:30 pm ET Analysis / #1 – Big Novel / #3 – Vivacious Venessa / #11 – Rose Dawson

#1 Big Novel ships in from Los Al going from dirt to turf. A daughter of Mr. Big and John Velasquez in the saddle for John Sadler. She is 5 for 5 ITM lifetime and Johnny V is winning 37% for the meet. A sharp work, a top rider and a rail draw make her a tough customer. #3 Vivacious Venessa goes to post for Gary Mandella and J.J. Hernandez. coming off a solid effort at Del Mar and returns to the sod where she was a maiden winner. Look for big time run at the top of the lane. #11 – Rose Dawson is a strong runner for Phil D’Amato and Flavien Prat. Ships in from LRC and comes off a nice maiden win. Prat is winning 39% at the meet and 28% on the turf.


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