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San Pasqual Handicap Betting – Blueskiesnrainbows Kicks Off 2014 With A Victory

Posted by on 2/5/2014 4:47:33 AM

Sports betting sharps that follow horse racing don’t really have an offseason. Horse racing goes year around and the work never stops, especially with the Triple Crown season only five months away. You don’t have to worry about the Triple Crown in this race as the Grade-2 San Pasqual Handicap is for horses that are four years old and up, and it is a dirt race run over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park. You will recognize a few names in this prospective field, but one name stands out. Blueskiesnrainbows isn’t just a horse with a great name, he is the horse that will lead the field to the wire on Saturday in California. Take him to the bank.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, January 11th, post time TBA
Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
Pick: Blueskiesnrainbows

(All horses listed as probable as of Wednesday, January 8th)

Blingo has three wins in nine career starts, but all three have come in maiden events (which he won on his first attempt in November 2011), and non-graded races. He took the non-graded I’m A Banker in October at Belmont Park, but this five-year-old gelding has never finished higher than third in a graded-stakes event and that is something that will probably scare more than a few horse betting players off.

Blueskiesnrainbows finished off 2013 with a bang, winning the non-graded Ralph M. Hinds Handicap in September, then second in the Grade-1 Breeders’ Cup Marathon in November and finally, a victory in the Grade-3 Native Diver Handicap last month. For the most part, this five-year-old horse is in the mix whenever he steps onto a race track and he has plenty of experience on dirt, although he is not a stranger to the other surfaces as well. Keep a close eye on Blueskiesnrainbows on Saturday.

Drill is another five-year-old that took part in the Native Diver Handicap, finishing back in fourth and that continued a disturbing trend for this horse. In nine 2013 starts, Drill finished either fourth or sixth in graded-stakes events and in his two non-graded starts, he finished third. This thoroughbred may not have enough in the tank to keep up with the best of the best, but again, as long as he is around the front, he could luck into a victory. Still, that is a lot to ask of a horse, so Drill is a risky horse betting pick for this race.

Majestic City followed up a victory in the non-graded Big Bear Stakes with a second in the Grade-3 Berkeley at the end of November. This was a horse with a lot of potential as a two-year-old, but finishing 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2011 killed a lot of his momentum. Majestic City has gotten better on dirt after primarily racing on synthetic and turf surfaces, so that will be something to take into account as you are making your pick for Saturday’s race.

Majestic Harbor will likely be a horse betting darkhorse as he has never finished higher than fifth in a graded-stakes race and of his 16 career starts, 12 have been in maiden or allowance races. This is obviously going to be a major jump in competition for this six-year-old which is likely past his prime, but the saving grace for Majestic Harbor is that he has been a horse that has raced on dirt for the past few starts, so he is used to the surface. That may not be enough to earn him a victory, but in a small field, you never know.

Rousing Sermon, on the other hand, has gone between dirt and synthetic surfaces throughout his career, and he finished second in his last race on dirt behind Majestic City at the Big Bear Stakes. He also won the non-graded On Trust Handicap in November and then finished third in the Native Diver Handicap. A win on Saturday could be the spark towards a huge 2014 campaign for this five-year-old.

How It Will Play Out

This should be an exciting race to begin the 2014 campaign, and at least five of the six potential horses in this field have a chance to win. Rousing Sermon will get a lot of looks from players because of his history and the attention he received in his three-year-old season, but Blueskiesnrainbows is the horse that should be your online betting pick on Saturday.

San Pasqual Handicap Betting Pick: Blueskiesnrainbows

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