Sunland Park Picks: Stakes features on Sunday January 9

Sunland Park is ready for some Sunday racing, and they have a nice group of 'Non-G' contests that should suit any bettor! Take a look ...
Sunland Park is ready for some Sunday racing, and they have a nice group of "Non-G" contests that should suit any bettor! Take a look ...

Sunland Park Picks - Sunday, January 9, 2022

  • Race 1: 6-8-9-3
  • Race 2: 6-5-8-2
  • Race 3: 4-2-5-10
  • Race 4: 2-5-7-6
  • Race 5: 9-5-10-7
  • Race 6: 6-4-3-5
  • Race 7: 3-5-2-7
  • Race 8: 3-1-6-8
  • Race 9: 2-5-3-4
  • **Most Likely Winner: Guy In The Sky #2 (Race 9)**
  • **Best Value: Mark's Warrior #3 (Race 8)**

Sunland Park has returned, and is already into its 2nd week of running! Those words might seem like a non-starter, but they are not. After 2 years of cancelled schedules, the Meet is back. With much fanfare, it offers bettors a unique mix of races.

At we have you covered, including all of the action related to the KYD Sunland Series! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! 

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Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 9: Guy in the Sky #2, 5/2):

In the finale, we are looking at an interesting condition … MSW Co. for 4-yr-olds and up. You find a mixed bag of runners that are drawn in here, but I think I have a winner that can stay for the 5½F. Trainer Larry Chavez has his gelding by Capitol Guy in the right spot. This one has experience after running 3x (once in Ruidoso, 2x in Albuquerque). Even though 2 of the 3 took place in 2020, I think he should be ready to go against this lot. I do not see anyone that can rival this one. It’s a bet.  

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #2


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 8: Mark’s Warrior #3, 8/1):

Trainer Todd Fincher has this gelding entered against a number of other runners (4, to be exact) in his stable for this “Non-G.” Out of those, I like this one the best because he has experience against this type of company. Even though this son of Marking failed to fire last out in the Prather S. at Zia Park, I still think he has a strong amount of talent. His workout back in late December speaks to that … .47 @4F. With a large field like this one, and so many options, I think most will overlook his class, and try to play elsewhere. This will be a mistake … let’s take advantage at odds of 8/1, or even higher!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #3 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Dirt, 5½, Bold Ego H., $65k, F&M 4+):

I like this race quite a bit because it poses quite a puzzle. Going less than 6 furlongs, anything can happen with these older females, and it begins at the break.

When it comes to early speed, you might take a good look at Robertino Diodoro’s Five Pics Please #7. Formerly trained by John Sadler, this former SoCal turfer was switched to become a dirt burner 1st out at Turf Paradise by her conditioner. Bred by Larry Caudill, this daughter of Cinco Charlie (Indian Charlie) was smart in an ALLW Co. event … winning on the frontend. Diodoro then sent her back to the grass for a “Non-G” @Tup (with Karlo Lopez aboard, he is here today) in which she lost by-a-neck. I have no doubt that this one will be running nicely, but I am not sure that accepting 2/1 or lower is good for business.

Speaking of shippers from Arizona, I am sure Bennie Woolley’s Harking #2 will be looked on quite favorably by the betting public. This is an experienced 7-yr-old mare, and both her overall record (18/7-3-4), plus the one at Sunland (7/3-0-2), tells us why it is easy to see her future is bright. Enrique Gomez gets the call, and he has won aboard her before. However, this is a tougher condition, and that could be a factor in her missing out on the score.

One entry that I particularly fancy is from Todd Fincher’s midst. Last out in the Zia Distaff 75k, this daughter of Maclean’s Music was just unable to keep up with the eventual leaders. One of those was Canoodling, an accomplished Fincher runner, that Miss Melody #4 couldn’t track towards the end. Now, we might conclude that her experience from that Zia race could be a stepping stone. She gets Alfredo Juarez, who is already riding at a high-level. You can bet that her conditioner is going to have her ready to fire. Let’s use her on top.

Before we sprint, a couple of others that warrant a look … Dan Blacker’s Eyes Open #5 and Chris Zamora’s Flyin Falynn #1 appear logical, and have the capability to at the very least, hit-the-board. Blacker is a solid SoCal trainer, and Zamora’s entry possesses some hidden class, plus gets Luis Negron. What a race this is going to be … here goes … and their off!

Wagering Recommendation: .10 Superfecta Wheel, 4 w 1/2/5/7 w 1/2/5/7 w 1/2/5/7


Sunland Park returns for another Sunday! Enjoy some racing from the Valley of the Sun!

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