A Malibu Stakes Rhyme
Hoping to hit the super on the dime
‘Tis the day after Christmas and all through the land,
horesplayers have big bills, so heavy in hand. We'll try our best, at a track
out west. Hopefully, we can come through, with a winning wager or two. Santa
Anita's 10th is the Malibu, handicapping hat on to see what we can
Oddsmakers say NASHVILLE (PP: 3 ML 6/5) is the one to
beat, a Keeneland track record in his last shows he has some very fast feet.
Six furlongs in one oh seven and four, do it again, it will be another score.
He hasn't run since the seventh of November, but bullet works say he's still a
CHARLATAN (PP: 4 ML 9/5) will give or make them chase
in what's sure to be an early fast pace. The backside of a horse he's yet to
see, getting to the tape first in races one, two and three. Santa Anita is a favorite of Bob Baffert's
horse, he's two for two over this course.
The Malibu Stakes appears to be down to this pair, but INDEPENDENCE
HALL (PP: 6 ML 4-1) could give them a scare. He's been training quick as
quick and should benefit from a strong, late kick. In his first six, he's won
four, he'll need to run his best to add one more. We aren't sure he'll get the
job done, maybe that will go to horse number one.
COLLUSION ILLUSION (PP: 1 ML 8-1) breaks from the
rail, he'll need a fast pace to tell a winning tale. He's been off to a slow
start in more than a few, that's something he can't afford to do. If he let's
the others get way out ahead, his chances are just about dead. To break the
favorite's heart, he'll need to be no worse than fourth from the start.
THOUSAND WORDS (PP: 2 ML 8-1) is the last that we
feel has a chance, at Santa Anita he knows how to dance. In three, he's one
twice, but from race to race he's a roll of the dice. Half the time he's come
first, but too many times he's been the worst. If the pace is too fast, history
says he won't last. This race is sure to be a flash, making it hard for him to
We've listed them in the order they'll probably run,
although it won't be surprising if CHARLATAN won. The exacta pay won't be much to do, if
the chalk runs one, two. For horseplayers to make some dough, the straight
super is probably the way to go. We'll line them up 3-4-6-1 and hope that's the
way they run.