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2022 Manhattan Stakes morning-line odds, picks: Well connected racing reporter and analyst offers best bets for Saturday's race

SportsLine racing analyst Michelle Yu, who has connections throughout the sport, offers her picks, wagers and horse-by-horse analysis for the 2022 Manhattan Stakes on Saturday
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The late-running Gufo will try to win a Grade 1 race for a third time when he leaves the starting gate in the 2022 Manhattan Stakes on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y. Trained by Christophe Clement, the 5-year-old Gufo is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Manhattan Stakes odds. The Brendan Walsh-trained Santin is second in the odds at 7-2 in the wide-open 10-horse Manhattan Stakes field, while the Chad Brown-trained Adhamo is next in the odds at 4-1.Three other horses are 8-1 or shorter. Post time for the 1¼-mile turf race is 5:38 p.m. ET. 

With many accomplished horses set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Manhattan Stakes picks. Join SportsLine now to see her picks!

Few people in racing are as well-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.

Yu also 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, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1. In Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this year, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at a whopping 18-1 when Rich Strike won the Derby.

Since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Sham Stakes, El Camino Real Derby, San Felipe Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap, Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes. Anyone who has followed her is WAY UP.

Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Manhattan Stakes field, made her picks and constructed her bets. Join to see them.

One surprise: Yu is high on Highland Chief at 6-1. "He has never been able to win back-to-back starts, which is a concern, but he's a key contender if he can run back to that last effort [in the Man o' War]," she says. Yu is using Highland Chief prominently in her wagers.

In addition, Yu's top pick is a "versatile horse we haven't seen the best of yet." She also is high on a double-digit long shot who is set up for a "big effort" on Saturday. She is including these horses in her 2022 Manhattan Stakes bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see her picks before locking in any of your own!

So who wins the 2022 Manhattan Stakes? What double-digit long shot is a MUST-BACK? What does Yu think of every horse in the field? And how has Yu constructed her wagers?... Join SportsLine right now to get Michelle Yu's 2022 Manhattan Stakes picks and bets and see which long shot contends, all from the insider who nailed last year's Kentucky Derby winner and this year's Kentucky Derby futures wager!

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