Belle's Best Bets: Gulfstream Park Stakes Picks

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America’s Best Racing, Belle Premium American Vodka, and handicapper (and avid gambler) Monique Vág team up to provide horseplayers with their best bets of the weekend.

Vág will identify her top picks as well as at least one longshot play of the weekend, a nice opportunity to swing for the fences on a win bet or to take a shot with a show bet. She also will occasionally look for strong exacta plays for the weekend or try to spot a nice opportunity for other wagers.

Belle Premium American Vodka is the official vodka of America’s Best Racing. The American-made, American-owned vodka is distilled in Virginia, the birthplace of Thoroughbred breeding and racing in North America. The company’s mascot, Belle ‘n Tonic, broke her maiden at Laurel Park in Maryland last April. 

This Weekend’s Bets

Saturday, Dec. 29

Best Bet

Gulfstream Park, Race 6, $100,000 Abundantia Stakes, 2:37 p.m. ET 

#1 Morticia: Drawing inside in a large field is a huge advantage as well as being a runner that doesn’t need the front end early. At five furlongs, a good break out of the inside post is imperative as it is very easy to get shuffled back and not have clear racing room. Luckily for her she’s shown some nice early speed and has two career victories at Gulfstream Park already. 

Best Bet 

Aqueduct, Race 6, $100,000 East View Stakes, 2:47 p.m. ET

#6 Sassy Agnes: She has shown some good early speed which bodes well for a runner looking to race on the front end. The added couple of furlongs today should not be a problem, and she has proven tough to beat when rated well on the front end. Gaining the lead early should not be a problem for this runner as she seems to be the field's lone speed. 

Longshot Play 

Gulfstream Park, Race 8, $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks, 3:39 p.m. ET

#7 Andina Del Sur: She should appreciate the return to turf racing as well as the drop in class today. Although it has been a while since she's found the winner’s circle, racing over firm footing could make all the difference, as well as taking advantage of a race against lesser competition. The added couple of furlongs in today's race might help as her off the pace style could lend well to more time to make a late stretch bid. 

Best Bet 

Gulfstream Park, Race 11, $75,000 Tropical Park Derby, 5:12 p.m. ET

#11 Therapist: The large field should help with inflated odds at post time which bodes well from a betting perspective. This runner has handled stakes racing well, but should appreciate the drop in class to face off against easier today. This looks like a good distance as he might need the extra sixteenth of a mile to overcome drawing an outside post.

Sports Pick of the Weekend 

Sunday, Dec. 30

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

PICK: Philadelphia Eagles -6.5 (-115): The Eagles need to take care of business versus a team way out of playoff contention. The Redskins have been decimated due to injuries and should struggle to put up any points. This game could be lopsided early and as long as the Eagles maintain ball security and keep turnovers at a minimum, they should cruise.

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