Christmas Eve US Picks - The Winners Enclosure

US Racing Picks

Gulfstream - 19:28 - Baseline Drive

The first Christmas Eve selection comes from Gulfstream, where Baseline Drive looks capable of a big run under Luis Saez.

This Point Of Entry filly twice rattled this crossbar over C&D for her former yard and her recent effort at Aqueduct was full of promise, with her only fading late in the day on a Sloppy surface.

Back on faster ground here should she last home.

Gulfstream - 19:58 - Luni Sima

Next up, we are anticipating an improved effort from Luni Sima now dropping in both distance and grade.

This 2-y-o colt has competed at much higher levels, with his front-running third over 9f at Saratoga being the stand out piece of form on offer, and he he has shown early pace which points to him possible preferring a sprint trip.

Gulfstream - 20:59 - Churchtown

This 2-y-o gelding created a huge impression when winning on debut and he backed that up with a creditable third in a Grade 3 event next time out.

He was caught late after attempting to nick the race that day, so with this race coming over a slightly shorter trip, Emma Jayne Wilson may chose to deploy similar tactics from the plum draw.

Tampa Bay - 19:43 - Illogical Love

Saffie Joseph’s Illogical Love faded after attempting to make the running on debut and she should now last home with that experience and fitness banked.

Handed stall 1, she may well get an easy time of things out in-front, with her rider Daniel Centeno better than most around Tampa.

Tampa Bay - 21:17 - Machinegunpreacher.

Another ridden by Daniel Centeno, we aren’t ruling out a big run from Machinegunpreacher at a big price.

This sun of Gun Runner has failed to fire in three career starts but all of those efforts have come in much better company than this.

Dropping in grade with a top jockey booked - watch the betting.

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing