The Gulfstream Park Championship Meet is rolling, and they are ready to begin another week of racing. The jockeys and trainers that will be chasing those respective titles are assembling, which should make for another exciting time ...
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This one might not look like a “winner,” but in this spot, he is … Kelly Breen has a runner coming off his 1st attempt at a “Non-G” at Gulfstream that was just too deep. Still, experience is just that, and coming back to the MT at a lower level makes sense. The thing of it is, the colt by Poseidon’s Warrior was not that big a price in that Juvenile Sprint 60k, and he deserves respect after his work during the summer at Monmouth. Some bullets on the tab at Palm Meadows make me think he is just raring to go. Do not overlook the skill level of jockey Rafael Hernandez because he is just getting started during the Championship Meet. If this one hovers around 4/1, then I consider that a strong overlay.
Wager: $100 Win, #2
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 3: Ventriloquist #1, 6/1):
Here is a Saffie Joseph runner that has entered once a month since July at Gulfstream Park. I would argue that each and every time she has competed, some dastardly scenario has impeded her progress. This filly by Nyquist is getting a rider upgrade to Johnny V, and he should be able to get this one into the winner’s circle. I know Joseph is not the most accomplished when it comes to turf training, but I like the fact that he is determined to find the right race for his charge. What we know for sure is that Nyquist is a budding sire with the chance to produce a bunch of versatile offspring. In other words, they can handle the grass. This might be just the contest to get an amazing price! Yes, please … 6/1!
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Dirt, 1 Mile, OC25k, 3+):
Coming out of the Gulfstream chute on the backstretch, a good group of 9 are going to try and brave this 1-turn mile. A significant amount of cash is going to flow into the coffer of Todd Pletcher’s new acquisition, Liam #3. Formerly in the keep of Danny Pish, an OK/TX-based conditioner, this 4-yr-old colt was last seen coming in 3rd in the Oklahoma Derby over a year ago. Pletcher has had him on the shelf since then, and the son of Liam’s Map is ready to get back to work. I know that when Luis Saez and the newly-inducted HOF-er get together they can spell trouble for everyone else, but in this spot, I am decidedly against. Let’s include them in our Trifecta wager, but I am even more keen on Carlos David’s Gump #1 and/or Juan Alvarado’s Hercules #6. Both of these conditioners have strong S. Florida stables. The former has extensive sprinting experience on-track, while the latter comes over from the Sweezey Barn, ready to run. Alvarado’s runner is dropping in class, and getting Tyler Gaffalione, so that is a combination that I can get behind. Time to construct a ticket worthy of cashing …