Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet is almost here ... come December through late March, it is one of the places in Thoroughbred racing to be. Located near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the Stronach site features dirt, turf, and now, an all-weather surface, that are all ready for action.
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Trainer Georgina Baxter has a sharp gelding by Kantharos coming back to the track at Gulfstream after a few months off. Getting back to it, he should be able to take care of business in what is a much lower class race than the one he exited back in August. Marcos Meneses is not a strong hand in the saddle, but all he needs to do is catch the break … let’her rip taterchip! At odds of 9/5, that seems to be a pretty square price. He is ready to start the next form cycle, to my eye.
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #8
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 6: New Year #3, 8/1):
The AW surface at Gulfstream Park enters another month, and we are beginning to get a handle on just how it is playing. Like a number of other tracks (Golden Gate/Turfway/Woodbine), we understand that it does set-up rather like the grass. Thinking along those lines, but also seeking a runner that has at least circumvented the track at GP a time or two, I am sold on Juan Rodriguez’s gelding by Jersey Town. Last out at this level on the AW, his runner looked game down the stretch. Sure, he finished 4th, but it was a nice move when it counted. With Samy Camacho riding, a jockey whose star continues to rise, I think this 8/1 shot has a great opportunity.
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Dirt, 6F, AOC75k, 2F):
Here is one of those early telltale races that eventually could produce a nice Gulfstream runner for the Oaks Trail. You never know … What we have is a heavy favorite in Tom Proctor’s Muted #4. This is an Into Mischief filly that was strong in her 1st 2 outings … both in South Florida. Glen Hill Farm owns a good one, and it is great to see this conditioner with such a prospect. He does not train near the number of runners that he used to. Emisael Jaramillo, a leading jock at this stage of the Meet, gets the call
Taking a stand against this entry at even money, sounds like the best course of action. I much prefer the price of Antonio Sano’s Freeccia d’Argento #5 at 10/1. This daughter of Liam’s Map shipped over to Remington last month in an attempt to move from MC Co. into a “Non-G” race. It proved too much … Failing at short odds is not unheard of, and now that she is back home, with Paco Lopez in the saddle, she could benefit from being back in her own digs.
I also like the look of Saffie Joseph’s Lara’s Lady #6 because she exhibited some breakaway early speed back in October. Sure, that was an MC25k race at Gulfstream, but look at the result—almost by 9-lengths. Joseph is in his element this time of year, and his barn is as hot as a firecracker on the 4th. Getting the legendary rider Edgar Prado aboard once again is great to see. The celebrated jockey who rode Barbaro, one of my all-time favorites, should be able to get loose once again. If he can hold the lead aboard this daughter of Uncaptured, then he might be able to get the job done.
Let’s play against that heavy favorite, and see if we can get a nice score …