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2022 Santa Ynez Stakes morning-line odds, picks: Well connected racing reporter and analyst offers bet strategy for Saturday's race

One week after hitting the exacta in the Sham Stakes, SportsLine racing analyst Michelle Yu, who has connections throughout the sport, offers her picks and wagers for the Santa Ynez Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita Park
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Trainer Bob Baffert can extend his record number of wins in the Santa Ynez Stakes when he saddles Under the Stars in the 2022 Santa Ynez Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. The 68-year-old Baffert has won the Santa Ynez six times, including the last two years with Bast and Kalypso. He will attempt to win No. 7 with Under the Stars, who has one win in three career starts. She has been installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Santa Ynez Stakes odds. The John Sadler-trained Big Switch is the 9-5 second choice in the Santa Ynez Stakes field of six. Post time is 7:06 p.m. ET. With six inexperienced 3-year-old fillies set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any Santa Ynez Stakes picks.

Few people in racing are as connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders' Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.

And she has tremendous handicapping chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders' Cup she nailed 11-1 long shot Wuheida to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year, in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit as the winner at 12-1. And last week, she hit the exacta in the Sham Stakes for $156.

Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Santa Ynez Stakes field, made her picks and constructed her bets. 

One surprise: Yu's top pick is not Under the Stars, even though she is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. "I think she's a use but not a slam dunk," Yu tells SportsLine. Yu prefers another filly over Under the Stars.

Also, Yu's top pick is a horse who is "extra fit" and "has shown versatility." She is including this horse in her 2022 Santa Ynez Stakes bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see her picks before locking in any of your own.

Who wins the 2022 Santa Ynez Stakes? And how has Yu constructed her wagers?... Join SportsLine right now to get the top 2022 Santa Ynez Stakes picks and bets, all from the well connected racing reporter who has routinely nailed double-digit winners!

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