Gulfstream Park Picks: Saffie Joseph's hegemony continues on February 9 ... or ...

Another week of Championship racing is upon us ... Gulfstream Park selections are here for Wednesday, check it out!
Another week of Championship racing is upon us ... Gulfstream Park selections are here for Wednesday, check it out!

Gulfstream Park Picks - Wednesday, February 9, 2022

  • Race 1: 5-8-2-6
  • Race 2: 5-4-7-1
  • Race 3: 3-7-5-6
  • Race 4: 1-3-5-4
  • Race 5: 10-3-11-2
  • Race 6: 7-1-8-4
  • Race 7: 1-7-6-5
  • Race 8: 8-1-2-9
  • **Most Likely Winner: Strong Embrace #10 (Race 5)**
  • **Best Value: Silver Cloud #5 (Race 2)**

The Gulfstream Park Championship Meet is rolling along! 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 S. now in the books, is time to turn our attention to the rest of the South Florida Series ... the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, set for early March. Then the April running of the Grade 1 Florida Derby follows, as the Derby Trail concludes!

t is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! If you're looking for picks elsewhere around the country this Wednesday be sure to check out our free Horse Racing Picks via the gold button below. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter ... Horseracing_USA !!!

Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 5: Strong Embrace #10, 6/1):

I am puzzled that Kathleen O’Connell’s filly by Strong Mandate is 6/1 on the M/L. After winning on debut at Tampa Bay back in late November, we would expect her to be ready for more action at Gulfstream. I realize the TAM alums do not always garner the respect that they might deserve … still, here is a conditioner with some excellent abilities, who has a strong Meet going on, as we speak. What makes this budding turfer even more inviting is that she gets Jose Ortiz in the irons. His clip right now is impressive, even though it seems like he just arrived from riding up at NYRA. I cannot imagine that this one will be 6/1 come post time … dare to dream.

Wager: $100 Win, #10


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 2: Silver Cloud #5, 5/1):

Trainer Danny Gargan has a solid record when it comes to “1st outs” and spotting his new charge’s next race. This 4-yr-old filly by Goldencents was firing in some tough AW sprints up at Arlington last summer. Those were some difficult OC75k events, and she made the switch to the turf with ease. The last time she competed was at picturesque Keeneland, in one of their challenging Clm Co. races. A “place” finish was none too shabby … Gargan pairs with top rider, Luis Saez, and I think the conditioner has her ready off-the-bench. Looking at her works … she should be fine. What a play!

Wager: Graduated Wager, WPS, $100 Bankroll, #5 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Dirt, 1 Mile, ALLW40k, 4+):

The Wednesday “feature” is this contest … going 1 Mile on the MT at Gulfstream. With a field of 7, it presents us with a solid betting opportunity, as long as scratches abate. When it comes to a race time favorite, I am sure that Rohan Crichton’s Revelde #7 is going to take some action. This isn’t a “Super Barn,” but they have some quality runners. Irad Ortiz gets the call, and he is always over bet. Just off-the-claim in January, the 5-yr-old by Khozan won last time out. Now, his new outfit is getting aggressive and sending him up the ladder in class. One other that will be getting some attention, belongs to leading conditioner, Saffie Joseph. Rivaling Todd Pletcher for the “Title” in South Florida is never easy, but Joseph is more than just hanging tough. I like Tiz Rye Time #6, a 5-yr-old gelding by Tiznow. Not only does he get Tyler Gafflione, but he is going to take another crack at this level. Last time, he just missed the “minors,” even though he held the top spot on the tote. Ownership group, C2 Racing, is looking for another score at this Meet. I am going to spurn both, as far as either being a top selection ... in other words, both are a pair of underlays. Instead, I am much keener on Carlos David’s Gump #1. This experienced son of Brethren was 3rd, actually finishing ahead of Joseph’s #6. He can build on that effort, and should, this time around with Junior Alvarado back aboard. Maybe we can get the price to drift a bit from 9/2 towards 5/1 … what a gift that would be! A top selection, even though he only has 1 win in 15 starts at Gulfstream. Optimism … springs eternal …

Wager: Trifecta Box, $2, 1/6/7


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