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2022 Sham Stakes morning-line odds, picks: Well connected racing reporter and analyst offers bet strategy for New Year's Day race

A racing lifer who has connections throughout the sport, SportsLine racing analyst Michelle Yu offers her picks and wagers for the Sham Stakes on New Year's Day at Santa Anita Park
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Trainer Bob Baffert can extend his record number of wins in the Sham Stakes when he saddles the top two choices in the 2022 Sham Stakes on New Year's Day at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Baffert's Rockefeller has been installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Sham Stakes odds. Meanwhile Newgrange, also trained by Baffert, is the 2-1 second choice in the Sham Stakes field of five. Post time is 6:05 p.m. ET. With five inexperienced 3-year-olds 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 Sham 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. And in a wide-open 2021 Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit as the winner at 12-1.

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

One shocker: Yu's top pick is not Rockefeller, even though he is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. "I am concerned that both of his wins were on the front end, and he is not fast enough to outfoot his stablemate," Yu tells SportsLine. She prefers two horses over Rockefeller.

Also, Yu's top pick is a horse who is "experienced, versatile and classy." She also is high on a horse who "has all the traits to make him dangerous." Yu is including these horses in her 2022 Sham Stakes bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see her picks before locking in any of your own.

Who wins the 2022 Sham Stakes? What "dangerous" horse is a MUST-BACK? And how has Yu constructed her wagers?... Join SportsLine right now to get the top 2022 Sham Stakes picks and bets, all from the well connected racing reporter who has routinely nailed double-digit winners!

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