Gulfstream Park Picks: Capacity Field in R5 on January 5

Gulfstream Park and its Championship Meet are rolling along in 2022 ... Check out these Wednesday selections below!
Gulfstream Park and its Championship Meet are rolling along in 2022 ... Check out these Wednesday selections below!

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Gulfstream Park Picks - Wednesday, January 5, 2022

  • Race 1: 5-7-1-2
  • Race 2: 7-2-4-3
  • Race 3: 2-1-6-4
  • Race 4: 4-1-2-5
  • Race 5: 2-11-6-4
  • Race 6: 7-3-6-1
  • Race 7: 3-7-4-5
  • Race 8: 2-6-7-4
  • Race 9: 5-2-9-7
  • **Most Likely Winner: Financial System #7 (Race 2)**
  • **Best Value: Rosy Apple #2 (Race 8)**

The Gulfstream Park Championship Meet is in full swing in the new year. With the addition of Tapeta, plus the MT and Turf Course, it gives bettors a myriad of options!

At we have you covered, including all of the action related to the Derby Trail! With the Holy Bull, Fountain of Youth, and the Florida Derby, it is going to be another excellent Florida Series @GP! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! 

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Most Likely Winner: (Race 2: Financial System #7, 9/5):

This should be an easy win for Saffie Joseph and Co. He took over the conditioning duties from Jorge Delgado, and the gelding just missed in his 1st start with his new barn in an OC25k @GP back in October. Joseph took that as a sign that the son of Twirling Candy, who just turned 8, was ready for a touch of the limelight. In a "Non-G" he was well-bet, but just missed hitting the board. Now, up for his 3rd race in this cycle, he looks poised to get back to the winner's circle. Ed Zayas is recouping from an injury, so Tyler Gaffalione will be taking the mount. That is not a bad thing ... 

Wager: $100 Win, #7


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 8: Rosy Apple #2, 10/1):

On the long shot board this Wednesday, I would not overlook Ron Spatz's filly by American Freedom. That might not be a sire you are too familiar with, but I am sure you have heard of his sire ... Pulpit. This filly was attempting to move from an MC50k event up into an OC75k. By the way, there were 3 months in between those contests, and I am betting that fitness was a major factor. This spot seems a bit more appropriate, and I am hoping that her works do her credit. Miguel Vasquez is a jockey who continues to press hard, as he tries to improve race-to-race. His numbers with this trainer look promising, and it is not easy riding against the likes of Saez and Gaffalione. Here is to hoping we get double-digits on the tote ...

Wager: Graduated Wager, WPS, $100 Bankroll, #2 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 5: Turf, 1 1/16th, AOC25k, 4+):

If you are out and about on Wednesday, looking for a tough race to handicap and wager on, then this one is a candidate. On the grass at Gulfstream, with a dozen entered, plus some AEs, this is sure to be nothing short of a great betting opportunity. We all know that when trainer Chad Brown is present … the odds are in his favor (ala Hunger Games). Lonesome Fugitive #6, a 5-yr-old horse by Zoffany, comes back to GP after running up at the NYRA tracks. Brown tried this last January with him, and he failed to win as the heavy favorite in a MSW50k event on the grass. That is not a reason to stay away from him (that past history), it is just one of those “facts” to consider. This time around, he gets Tyler Gaffalione in the irons. His 20% win clip during the Champ Meet is looking impressive, despite playing second fiddle to the red hot Luis Saez. Let’s play against Brown and Gaffs, since the public will be behind them in full-force. I much prefer a better-priced horse like Danny Gargan’s Regal Speaker #2 at 5/1 on the M/L. This one is shipping in from NYRA as well, but with what I consider a better class rating than Brown’s entry. As for a few other runners that can round out this ticket, I particularly like the look of Rusty Arnold's Ginsburned #11, even with the lackluster services of Corey Lanerie. This gelding by Noble Mission (GB) is bred for the turf, and the Ashbrook Farm router looks promising at 20/1. An alum of the Bruce D (G1) at Arlington (he was 3rd), he is laden with class to compete with this company. A pair of outside invaders are making their US debuts ... let's use Mark Casse's Arturo Toscanini #4 (alum of The Curragh) and Saffie Joseph's Novo Sol #12 (Brazil). They could be in better form than we might think, and let's face it, they come from excellent barns. Here is the Superfecta ticket that I have put together ... let's cash it!

Wager: Superfecta Wheel, .10, 2 w 4/6/11/12 w 4/6/11/12 w 4/6/11/12


Enjoy another fab Wednesday trackside for the Championship Meet! Best of luck on another run at Gulfstream Park!

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