Tropical Turf Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2022 Tropical Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2022 Tropical Turf Stakes is set for January 8 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Tropical Turf Stakes Preview
- Race: Tropical Turf Stakes
- Purse: $100,000
- Track: Gulfstream Park
- Date: January 8
- Post Time: 3:37 PM (ET)
- Live: Tropical Turf Stakes Odds: Click Here
2022 Tropical Turf Stakes Handicapping
The Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park goes on the grass with the running of the (G3) Tropical Turf Stakes, race #8 on the 11 race card.
Open to horses age four and older, the Tropical Turf is run at one mile. The 2022 race has drawn a compact field of seven older runners with lots racing experience.
Odds listed here are provided by the Gulfstream Park track handicapper.
2022 Tropical Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Value Proposition Race Odds: 8-5
A winner of six of 13 lifetime, UK-bred Value Proposition has multiple lower-level stakes wins to his name, but is still looking for his first at the graded-stakes level.
He was fifth last out in the Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship Stakes as the favourite, although it’s noted that less than four lengths separated the top six finishers. Prior to that he had won two in a row. Based primarily in New York, this will be his Gulfstream debut.
Traner Chad Brown and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. both go for their first Tropical Turf win.
2022 Tropical Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Largent Race Odds: 9-5
Making a comeback after almost a full year away from racing, Largent has made 10 career starts and has never been worse than second, with six wins.
He was last seen grabbing the runner-up spot in the (G1) Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream last January. Prior to that he had won the (G2) Fort Lauderdale Stakes, also at Gulfstream, by a comfortable two lengths over a very solid field.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has won the race on two previous occasions, as has jockey Luis Saez.
2022 Tropical Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Phat Man Race Odds: 5-1
An eight-year-old gelding with 38 starts under his saddle, Phat Man has been to the winner’s circle nine times and has finished in the money on 12 other occasions.
Primarily a dirt runner throughout his career, he does have five turf races on his record with a pair of runner up finishes, but this will be his first start on the grass since 2017.
Kent Sweezy is the trainer, Shaun Bridgmohan is tapped to ride.
2022 Tropical Turf Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Clear Vision Race Odds: 6-1
Clear Vision comes into the race off a runner-up try in the Claiming Crown Emerald Starter Stakes at Gulfstream. He and the winner established their position right out of the gate and stayed there throughout the full 1 1/16 miles in a race taht came back in near-record time.
Now he steps up to take on graded-stakes winners and this will be only his second graded-stakes try in 18 lifetime starts.
Matthew O’Conner is the trainer, Julien Leparoux will be in the saddle.
Here’s My 2022 Tropical Turf Stakes Free Pick.
While always a bit wary of horses in their first start after a long layoff, on paper Largent looks to be the best horse in the field. So I’m not going to try and get fancy and I’ll play him for the win.
Despite the step up in class, this is not an overly tough field for a graded-stakes race, and so I’ll look for a bit of value and use Clear Vision underneath in the exacta.
Full Field: Tropical Turf Stakes Odds
(By post position)
- #1 – Largent 9-5
- #2 – Clear Vision 6-1
- #3 – Phat Man 5-1
- #4 – Value Proposition 8-5
- #5 – Flying Scotsman 12-1
- #6 – Call Curt 20-1
- #7 – Belgrano 15-1
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