Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday December 27

Timeform's US team have three bets for Saturday night
Timeform's US team have three bets for Saturday night

Timeform's US team pick out their three best bets for Saturday night in the USA...

"A Little Unique looks likely to get an uncontested lead in a small field of two-year-olds and can capitalise..."

Hawthorne 19:25 - A Little Unique

Today's best bet comes in race 2 at Hawthorne, where the speedy A Little Unique looks likely to get an uncontested lead in a small field of two-year-olds. This filly won her maiden over today's course and distance two starts back, and was then a little out of her depth pitched into a $75k stakes contest. This $25k claimer is much more A Little Unique's level, and with little else in the way of pace in the race, she should take them gate to wire.

Hawthorne 19:55 - Luck With A Kiss

A similar scenario could unfold in the following race at Hawthorne, a starter allowance race that can fall the way of another front runner, Luck With a Kiss. This six-year-old gelding did well to win last time out having been pressed through very strong fractions, but he should get an easier time on the front end this time around. Holiday Lunch rates the main danger but is likely to be over bet following an impressive win last time out.

Hawthorne 22:25 - Smokey Row Mac [LAY]
 
The eighth race at Hawthorne is an open-looking claimer, and the Morning Line favourite Smokey Row Mac looks worth taking on. Smokey Row Mac's form is not the strongest in this particular race, and his lack of early pace is also a concern. Sprint contests at Hawthorn tend to favour horses that can race close to the pace, and Smokey Row Mac could just be finding his best stride when this six-furlong event is all but over.

Recommended Bets:

Hawthorne race 2 (19:25 GMT) win back #3 A LITTLE UNIQUE @ 3.02/1 or longer
Hawthorn race 3 (19:55 GMT) win back #3 LUCK WITH A KISS @ 5.04/1 or longer
Hawthorne race 8 (22:25 GMT) win lay #5 SMOKEY ROW MAC @ 4.57/2 or shorter

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