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Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes Betting – Mucho Macho Man Kicks Off 2014 With Big Win

Posted by on 2/5/2014 4:48:24 AM

Sports betting players that watch horse racing are definitely familiar with Mucho Macho Man, a horse that finished off 2013 in a massive way. This horse is in the field for the non-graded Sunshine Millions Classic, a race for thoroughbreds four years old and up on dirt over 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park, and he is a former winner here as well. Mucho Macho Man should be able to continue his form and start the year off with a victory on Saturday against an overmatched field.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, January 18th, post time TBA
Where: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
Pick: Mucho Macho Man

Bernie The Maestro last ran in a graded-stakes race way back in his debut, finishing seventh in the Grade-3 Tropical Park Derby. However, that was on New Year’s Day in 2010, 42 races ago. Since then it has been maiden/claiming/non-graded events for this seven-year-old gelding and he is probably going to be a horse betting underdog in this race. He ended 2013 at Gulfstream Park, finishing sixth in the non-graded Claiming Crown Jewel.

Decaf Again is looking to improve on a fifth-place finish in this race last year, and outside of that, he also finished fifth in the Grade-2 Gulfstream Park Handicap in 2013. However, other than that this eight-year-old ran mostly allowance and claiming races last year, so he may have some trouble keeping up with the pack in this race. You just never know in the world of high-stakes horse racing, but at eight years old, the best is probably in the rearview mirror for Decaf Again.

Gourmet Dinner failed to finish higher than third in seven starts last year, but at least he ran in three graded-stakes races, so he has faced some stiff competition. He does have one graded-stakes win under his saddle as Gourmet Dinner won the Grade-3 Delta Downs Jackpot back in 2010, and at six years old, this horse should still have something left in the tank to at least compete on Saturday. Depending on the horse betting odds he is giving up, Gourmet Dinner could be worth a look for some value.

Joshua’s Comprise should also get some consideration simply because of his age; at four years old, he is the youngest horse in the field, so he should be fresh enough to get off to a good start, but can he maintain it? He hasn’t won anything since an allowance race in August, and in six starts (five were non-graded races, one was the Grade-3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap), Joshua’s Comprise hasn’t finished higher than third. He may need the race of his life to earn a win at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Mucho Macho Man is undoubtedly the horse betting favorite for this race and when you look at the resume, it is easy to see why. He wrapped up 2013 with wins in the Grade-1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Grade-1 Awesome Again, while also coming in third in the Grade-1 Whitney Handicap. In fact, his worst finish in five starts last year came in this race as Mucho Macho Man finished seventh. It was his worst result since finishing seventh in the Belmont Stakes in 2011, and you would have to think that result was an anomaly as Mucho Macho Man won this race in 2012. A lot of signs are pointing towards this six-year-old routing the field on Saturday.

Rule Number Six rounds out the six-horse field at Gulfstream Park this weekend, and he came in fourth in the aforementioned Claiming Crown Jewel to close out 2013. His results definitely trailed off in the second half of the year, so a solid finish in this race would be a much-needed start to the season for this five-year-old. But much like the rest of the field, Rule Number Six might need to find an extra gear to get past the horse betting favorite.

How It Will Play Out

Mucho Macho Man is absolutely the most decorated horse in the field and it will take a monumental effort for any other horse to beat him to the wire. The fact that he finished seventh in this race last year is wiped out by his win in the previous year, and he should have no problem taking the win on Saturday. Go with Mucho Macho Man in your online betting picks.

Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes Betting Pick: Mucho Macho Man

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