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Fort Lauderdale Stakes Betting - Spring Break Memories

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 1/10/2013 5:50:30 PM

What: Ft. Lauderdale Stakes
Who: Dominus (win) (Nikki’s Sandcastle, Fifty Proof, Hollinger, Big Blue Kitten and Sky Blazer in trifecta)
Where: Gulfstream Park
When: Saturday, January 12

The feature at Gulfstream Saturday, brings to memory the great spring break days and nights this writer had in Ft. Lauderdale as a youngster but online betting site players have to try to separate a full field of older turfers in the Grade 2 $150,000 eight and a half furlong fixture.

The little engine that could, Little Mike, won this race in 2011 and last year Todd Pletcher’s Silver Medallion parlayed a winning 96 Beyer in a Grade 3 at Calder to overcome a rough trip and get up by a neck with an identical 96 figure.

Pletcher, what a surprise, is back for more this year with the fresh multiple Grade 2 winner Dominus. This guy trained like a Swiss clock for this race and 3 of his four wins have come off a layoff. He’s trying to accomplish that feat again since he has not raced since stopping at Churchill in November.

Vertiformer will break from the rail as he seeks his second stateside victory. His lone horse betting win in North America came on the synthetic in Chicago by a head in an optional claimer.

Nikki’s Sandcastle was as consistent as the day is long in 2012 with 4 wins, 5 second and a third in 11 outs.

The gelding loves this course and he can be placed anywhere and still fire but he has yet to win a Graded event.

Can’t fault those that get drunk on Fifty Proof here. This guy can run. Super piece of training by Ian Black to have this guy win off a year and a half layoff in a $126,000 Woodbine stakes on December 12. He has won a Grade 2, been right there in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer but not sure the race sets up all that great for him. He likes to use his speed and not sure he can clear here.

Hollinger ran second in both of his Gulfstream starts. He did fail to win a race in 2012 but needed his Calder prep last time.

Quick Wit shocked in the slop at Saratoga last summer in a Grade 2 but has not be close since while Sky Blazer had trouble when beaten by Dominus a couple of races back.

Big Blue Kitten was the cat’s meow holding on to win his last but that was just an optional claimer. He has some back class to draw from but was fully extended in his win here this season.

Mucho Mas Macho has been out of the money in both local starts and appears to need softer. Tiz Sardonic Joe upset in his local start but in his only stakes try in a $100,000 event, he was 4th beaten a length.

Empire Builder will likely get away on the tote since he has been handled by a couple of these same rivals.

Pants On Fire will go only if the race comes off the grass. His last two wins have come at Monmouth but he may have disliked the Delta track in last.

With a valid amount of speed here in this contentious fray, the feeling is you will not want to come from left field.

Look for Dominus to run huge using his tactical speed. Key him on top and bottom in the trifecta for a dollar with Nikki’s Sandcastle, Fifty Proof, Hollinger, Big Blue Kitten and Sky Blazer.

Good luck with your sports betting.

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