The first Sunday of the New Year does not disappoint on the US racing front, with seven meetings to look forward to, including a Grade 1 feature on the card at Sunland Park.

All eyes will be on the New Mexico track at 21:37 for the Grade 1 Championship Stakes where Apollitical Papa (5/1) and Instygator (2/1) will both be expected to challenge for top-level honours following some impressive recent form, while the prolific Empressum (6/4) can also not be discounted.

That will be Race Six of nine on the card at Sunland Park, with the action there set to get underway at 19:25 and conclude at 22:59.

The opening meeting of the day will come from Florida where Tampa Bay Downs will showcase nine races between 17:14-21:25, while further north in New York, Aqueduct will be the venue for a nine-race card from 17:20-21:20.

There will also be nine races on offer from Laurel Park between 17:25-21:33, including the penultimate race of the evening in Maryland, the 21:01 Allowance Optional Claiming, where Wish Me Home (6/1) is one to watch out for after placing on two of his last three visits to the venue.

Back in Florida, and Gulfstream will be the venue for a 10-race card from 17:30-22:14, while the first of California’s two offerings will come from Golden Gate Fields where a bumper 11 races will take place between 19:45-00:48.

We will remain in the Golden State for the final meeting of the day to get underway, with Santa Anita set to host 10 races from 20:00 through until the finale at 00:35.

Keep your eye on the 20:32 Maiden Special Weight from Santa Anita, as Increase Stakes (5/1) could be a big player for Edward Freeman after coming second on her racecourse debut, although Exactly Wendy (3/1) and Madiha (3/1) are also expected to go well.

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