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.
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This Weekend’s Bets
Saturday, Feb. 2
Gulfstream Park, Race 7, 3:02 p.m. ET
#1 Mass Appeal: With all but one of these runners making their racing debut, pedigree is exceptionally important, so are trainer numbers with maiden runners and recent workouts. With two of the quicker horses drawing outside, a rail post may prove super useful. The rail is winning at a 24-percent clip at Gulfstream, and this runner is well bred for today’s sprinting distance with Speightstown as a sire boasting a stellar 16-percent win rate with first-time starters.
#1 Tax: He put forth a decent effort trying the graded stakes ranks for the first time last start. Drawing the rail post is advantageous for a runner that wants to sit close to the pace. With a lot of early speed entered, there should be more then enough horses vying for early position which might even create a pace duel up front.
#1 Garter and Tie: This is a tricky race to handicap with several horses making their stakes debut off of impressive races. I like the racing experience this colt has with seven career starts under his belt. His off-the-pace style plays well into the 1 1/16-mile distance, and I think there is a lot of value as we’ve already seen he fits in well against stakes-quality horses.
Gulfstream Park, Race 12, 5:43 p.m. ET
#1 Honest Mischief: Chad Brown has been magic over the past couple of racing seasons with maiden runners and first-time starters. This colt is very well bred and has been putting forth some flashy times in his recent workouts. It seems like he has some early speed, and drawing inside is a great place to take advantage of that quickness.
Favorite Sports Pick of the weekend
Sunday, Feb. 3
Super Bowl LIII
PICK: Highest scoring half – 2nd Half: This is crazy to think of, but the Patriots have only scored three points in the first quarter through eight Super Bowls. Those three points came last year. The Rams have been a second-half team all year, and seeing what the Pats did with halftime adjustments to come back and almost win last year, there's no telling how many could be scored late this year. With both teams seemingly excelling late, back the second half to outscore the first.