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Shoemaker Mile Stakes Betting Tips – Little Mike Steals The Show In Inglewood

Posted by Marco Sussman on 6/27/2012 5:36:49 PM

Sports betting players like to dabble in horse racing as well, and we’re now in the second half of the year where the focus is on the Breeders Cup, and the winner of Saturday’s Shoemaker Mile Stakes will receive a pass to the Mile event. Only half of the field has been released so far, but the remaining entrants will have a lot of work to do to defeat Little Mike.

What: Horse Betting
When: June 30th, 2012 (post time TBD)
Where: Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA
Pick: Little Mike

Hudson Landing claimed his first graded-stakes win in the Grade-3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields back in April, although some horse betting sharps will also count his win in the Alcatraz Stakes from May 2010 as well. Some feel that he punched above his weight to win at Golden Gate Fields as his results have been inconsistent, but much like a team sport, you have to play the game and anyone can win on any given day.

Slim Shadey has finished second in his last three races, which includes a trip in the Grade 1-Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap and the Grade-1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. Slim Shadey also has plenty of experience on both sides of the pond as he was bred in Great Britain, and that experience should come in handy as Slim Shadey and his handlers know he can run with anyone.

Mr. Commons is well known in the horse betting world and has also finished second recently, in his last two starts for that matter, in the Grade 2-American Handicap and the Grade-1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile. He did come in fifth in the Breeders Cup Mile last year and a disappointing eighth in the Preakness Stakes, but Mr. Commons can still be a threat in any race and he has a consistent jockey in Mike E. Smith, who has been on his back for all but two of his 13 starts.

Jeranimo has all sorts of experience as a six-year-old and he continues to push the competition as he finished second in the San Francisco Mile to Hudson Landing. His last win came four races ago in the Grade 2- Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park, so that could have some good memories for Jeranimo, who was ridden by Smith in his last start, but will Smith be in the saddle again this weekend?

Comma To The Top was a promising three-year-old when he lined up for last year’s Kentucky Derby, but then he finished 19th and that hurt this momentum as he didn’t race for another six months, and then finished ninth in the Grade 3-Vernon O Underwood at Hollywood Park. He has finished first in two of his last three races, but they were only allowance races, sandwiching a sixth-place run at the Grade-2 Sir Beaufort.

Little Mike beat out Slim Shadey in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in May, and he has finished first in five of his last six starts. That run could make Little Mike the horse betting favorite on Saturday at Hollywood Park, where he has never run a race, and you could also argue that he has been dominating at Gulfstream Park. But the Woodford was held at Churchill Downs, so the venue may not make much of a difference.

How It Will Play Out

The field still has to be filled out before Saturday, so make sure you consult that before you make your final decision, but right now it looks like Little Mike is the horse to beat. Momentum means a lot in all sports, even in horse racing and a horse can definitely feel like he can beat anyone, especially if they’re comfortable with the jockey as Little Mike is with Joe Bravo, who has been in the saddle for his last nine starts and 12 of 16 overall. Think of it as a pitcher who prefers to have a particular catcher behind the plate when he takes to the mound.

Slim Shadey could give him a run as the two battled at the Woodford, and Jeranimo will likely have a say in the final outcome before it is all said and done. But the stakes are high in this race as the winner will be automatically invited to the Breeders Cup Mile. Little Mike has the tools to come out on top, and he should be your online betting pick on Saturday.

Shoemaker Mile Betting Pick: Little Mike

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