Remember me Reset Password


Speed Dangerous in Hal’s Hope, San Fernando

Posted by Pete Mitchell on 1/13/2012 5:36:46 PM

Who: Thoroughbreds – Jackson Bend, Successful Mission, Soaring Empire, Prayer for Relief, First Strike, Tapizar
What: Horse Racing Betting Tips – The Hal’s Hope, The San Fernando
Where: Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita
When: Saturday, January 14th

Jackson Bend (2-1 Morning Line) will be favored in the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, but beware of the speedy Successful Mission off the layoff. At Santa Anita, 3-time Derby winner Prayer for Relief will get plenty of support at the windows in the Grade 2 San Fernando, but likely favorite Tapizar could lead this field on a merry chase. Let’s take a brief look at the major players in these featured events.

There should be an honest pace in The Hal’s Hope, with early-speed types like Successful Mission, Decisive Moment and Will’s Wildcat signed on. You would think that this sets up nicely for mid-pack types like Jackson Bend and Soaring Empire, but keep in mind that Successful Mission doesn’t need the lead, and could fall into a comfortable stalking trip, getting the jump on the closers turning for home. Successful Mission has been training lights out for his return from a nearly 8-month break, and note he won last March off a similar hiatus, albeit on grass. Jackson Bend picks up the services of John Velazquez, and has worked well since his solid third in The Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Seven furlongs is his best distance, but the one-turn mile shouldn’t pose much of a problem for this tough little competitor. He’ll make his presence felt in the late going. Soaring Empire has done his best running at Gulfstream, and like Successful Mission, has been working smartly for his return from a lengthy layoff. He’ll be in the mix. I’ll key #4-Successful Mission first and second in exactas with #1-Jackson Bend and #7-Soaring Empire. The tickets will look like this: 4/1,7 and 1,7/4.

Prayer for Relief is by far the most accomplished horse in The San Fernando, with a bankroll in excess of $1MM. However, this race has the look of a prep, as trainer Baffert is expecting the colt to excel at longer distances later in the year. The screws haven’t been tightened yet, so tread lightly. Tapizar, on the other hand, looks like a horse that will do his best running from seven furlongs to 1 1/16th miles, which happen to be the distances of his three career wins. He’ll be reunited with jockey Corey Nakatani, who was aboard for a front-running, second-level allowance score at Belmont Park last fall. Tapizar owns a Grade 3 gate-to-wire victory at this track and distance (a year ago in The Sham), and I’m expecting a repeat performance. I’ll bet on Tapizar to win at odds of 4-5 or better.

Those are my horse racing betting tips for the weekend. Best of luck and happy gambling!



↑ Back to page content
Media Logos

At BetOnline, our company’s guiding principle is to establish long-lasting, positive relationships with our customers. BetOnline is perfect for those who like to stay on top of all the latest sports & horse racing odds or play a few games in the online casino. We have built our reputation on giving our clients nothing but high-quality service and once you have worked with us, you will realize why we are regarded as a leader.

From our customer service to our cutting-edge technology, enticing contests and dedication to putting the best product out on the marketplace, BetOnline is always striving to improve and we take the wants and needs of our customers very seriously. We are always looking for suggestions to make our product better, and client input allows us to build a relationship that will last for a lifetime.

Trust is tough to create and it is even tougher to maintain, which is why we always keep the lines of communication open with our clients at BetOnline, and the best part is that it will not cost you a dime.

Head over to our world-famous sportsbook, where you will find live lines for all major sporting events, but that is not all because at BetOnline, you will also find the Betting Edge, which is a constant stream of advice from people that spend countless hours looking over trends and statistics, so you don’t have to. You get an honest and educated opinion for people that truly love sports, and we are always updating the section to keep you up on what’s happening in current in the world of sports.

The racebook is another fantastic section at BetOnline, as you can get a headstart on the Triple Crown season by reading over our articles to give you an idea of the winning horses. We don’t just focus on the Triple Crown at BetOnline; you can find information on races all year around and that will help you out when it comes time to watch the major thoroughbred horse races.

You can also check out our casino, where you can play the latest games powered by the latest technology. From poker to card games, slots and everything in between, we have you covered at BetOnline.

We have contests and promotions galore as BetOnline is all about what our clients want, so check it out and if you have any inquiries, never hesitate to get in touch with us. Betonline because your can!

↑ Back to top