Team Tuley's Thoroughbred Takes for races on Saturday (1/8)

By Dave Tuley  ( senior reporter) 

January 8, 2022 05:49 AM

We trust everyone is having a Happy New Year. There’s plenty of sports betting action on Saturday, but also plenty of time to make some horse racing plays as Team Tuley continues to look for value at tracks from coast to coast.

Last Saturday, Rampart race and sports book manager Duane Colucci helped some of our followers get the New Year off to a nice start with the Late Pick 4 at Gulfstream paying $115.50 (and double that with the consolation payoff). I also had another winner with our A.I. Pick of the Week that’s also posted at, though I lost my own only pick in this space (with my other play scratched).

This Saturday, Colucci has a trio of Pick 4s at Gulfstream, Aqueduct and Santa Anita while Ed Sehon (aka Mr. Ed from his “Mr. Ed’s Saratoga on (about) $100 a Day” column from last summer) has two spot plays at Gulfstream in addition to covering the card with the Early and Late Pick 4s at Gulfstream. I have a spot play each at Gulfstream and Santa Anita to round out the action.

Good luck today (and every day)!


Gulfstream Races Nos. 2-5 (12:29 p.m. ET/9:29 a.m. PT)

Ed Sehon likes the following early $.50 Pick 4 (cost $24)

Race 2: 4,5,6,7

Race 3: 2,3

Race 4: 6,7,9

Race 5: 4,5

Gulfstream Race No. 5 (1:57 p.m. ET/10:57 a.m. PT)

Ed Sehon likes #4 Dean Delivers (7-2 morning line). “Lots to like about this sophomore gelding from overdue Michael Yates’ barn. Son of Cajun Breeze adds Lasix and picks up services of top rider Tyler Gaffalione after posting quick :47.3, four -furlong work last week. Appears ready to fire after five-month freshening. Wager: Win and box in exactas with 5 and 6.”

Aqueduct Races Nos. 6-9 (2:48 p.m. ET/11:48 a.m. PT)

Duane Colucci likes the following $.50 Pick 4 (cost $50)

Race 6: 1,3,4,8,9

Race 7: 1,2,6,7,12

Race 8: 4,5

Race 9: 3,10

Gulfstream Race No. 7 (3:05 p.m. ET/12:05 p.m. PT)

Ed Sehon likes #8 Bernie Lomax (12-1 morning line). “Three-year-old colt is today’s agent of change. Son of Bernardini adds blinkers, gets first dose of Lasix, stretches out to a mile and will be ridden by veteran Cory Lanerie for Rusty Arnold. What’s not to like at generous 12-1? Here’s betting Bernie makes my weekend. Wager: Win and Place.”

Gulfstream Races Nos. 8-11 (3:37 p.m. ET/12:37 p.m. PT)

Ed Sehon likes the following late $.50 Pick 4 (cost $54)

Race 8: 1,3,4

Race 9: 6,7,8

Race 10: 1,5,6

Race 11: 2,7,8,9

Duane Colucci likes the following $.50 Pick 4 (cost $48)

Race 8: 1,2,4,6

Race 9: 1,6,7,8

Race 10: 5,6,7

Race 11: 1,9

Gulfstream Race No. 8 (3:37 p.m. ET/12:37 p.m. PT)

Dave Tuley likes #6 Call Curt (20-1 morning line) in the Grade 3 Tropical Turf. “This stakes race draws some top talent with Largent and Value Proposition at 9-5 and 8-5, respectively, but it also has quite a bit of speed horses for a turf race and I see it as wide-open and looking for a horse that has the ability to close but also has enough speed to not fall too far back. That lands me on this long shot, a 5-year-old gelding that is admittedly stepping up in class, but should be in position turning for home to make one last dash under Junior Alvarado at a price. Wager: Win and Place.”

Santa Anita Race No. 5 (5:36 p.m. ET/2:36 p.m. PT)

Dave Tuley likes #1 Never Have I Ever (5-1 morning line). “This 6-year-old invader from the Chicago circuit has a great chance to steal this starter allowance on the lead from the rail. Jockey Christopher Emigh is 28 percent with these early-speed types and 39 percent with trainer Brittany Vanden Berg, who is also 33 percent (just 1 of 3) with horses dropping off a win, but even more consistent at 33 percent (14 of 42) with shippers. Wager: Win and Place.”

Santa Anita Races Nos. 6-9 (6:06 p.m. ET/3:06 p.m. PT)

Duane Colucci likes the following $.50 Pick 4 (cost $60)

Race 6: ALL (1-5)

Race 7: 3,5,7,8

Race 8: 1,5

Race 9: 2,7,12

Note: also check out our A.I. Pick of the Week at as we’ve gone 20-for-39 since taking over the feature. There are also more plays from 1ST/BET handicappers on that page at

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