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Malibu Stakes Betting - There’s Money in Malibu

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 12/24/2012 5:09:26 PM

What: Malibu Stakes
Who: The Lumber Guy (key first and second in the trifecta with Private Zone, Unbridled’s Note, Jimmy Creed, Drill and Basmati.
Where: Santa Anita
When: Wednesday, December 26

If you have not had the pleasure to be in the city of Malibu you are missing something. There is affluence, there is 21 miles of beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline and there are surfers and bikinis by the truck load but there is no Malibu Stakes since that speedy fixture is the prime entrée on the opening day menu at Santa Anita for online sports betting site players to devour.

The first leg of the Strub Series the Grade 1 $300,000 Malibu is carded at 7 furlongs on the main track and over the years some very fast and quality runners have smelled the roses in the charmed circle.

Runners like Round Table, Native Diver, Spectacular Bid, Ferdinand and Damascus has won this race and last year Bob Baffert’s student The Factor was coming off a pop and stop 8th in the BC Dirt Mile but he went :44 3/3 in the Malibu to win drawing away with a 106 Beyer.

Let’s look at the horse betting contenders from the rail out. Fed Biz is cutting back, just like the The Factor but he must deal with the rail and has never won sprinting.

Jimmy Creed was beaten by Biz going a mile at Del Mar and he never really fired in his last race, the BC Sprint.

Drill is one of 4 Baffert runners in this race and this guy has been freshened since taking a Grade 3 in May. He has won in Arcadia at this very distance but he got away tracking a slow pace that day and the half mile today figures to be run in about :44.

The Lumber Guy will be trying to cut down his foes here. He ran his eyeballs out in defeat in the BC Sprint, is proven at this demanding trip, showed his class taking the Vosburgh and he has trained well for this race in Inglewood.

Politicallycorrect did and said all the right things winning a $100,000 stakes last time but will be testing the deepest waters of his young career.

Basmati took awhile to figure it out but he won his 2012 opener and seems to be full of himself of late if the 1:11 2/5 workout recently is any indication.

Castaway was 2nd in his racing debut, third in his other comeback effort so he will be trying to win fresh for the first time. The feeling is he will be coming late if at all.

Private Zone is seeking his first win in the states and he has been handled by a number of today’s foes.

Guilt Trip is not the runner that inspired the recent Barbra Streisand movie but a runner that was just out of the money in his last race and first stakes try at Belmont. He will be in the picture very late if at all.

Unbridled’s Note rounds out the field from post 10 and he is repeatedly proven fresh. He was getting to the winner in the about 6 and a half furlong BC Turf Sprint and is drawn where the rider does not have to gun early but can see how the race is unfolding before asking the question.

The one to beat is The Lumber Guy and you can envision a trip where he will sit 2 or so lengths off a hot pace but he should quicken in time to win. Key him first and second in the trifecta with Private Zone, Unbridled’s Note, Jimmy Creed, Drill and Basmati.

Good luck with online betting.


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