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GULFSTREAM PARK SATURDAY!
RACE 2: 2 FIAMMA MAMMA should be primed and ready to offer more after returning from the 3-month layoff to duel for the lead prior to weakening and finishing 4th behind Wicked Solution last out. 3 VICKYTHEBEST is dropping to the $12,500 level, and removing the blinkers, after setting a pressured pace and tiring vs $20,000 claimers going a mile last out.
RACE 3: 9 STORM THE BRIDGE, a game 2nd sprinting on the dirt in his career debut, drops, and goes back to the main track, after dueling for the lead and fading when facing $20,000 maidens going a mile on the turf. 10 LANSE MITAN is dropping to the $12,500 level after shipping up to Tampa and finishing 2nd – as the favorite – in a $25,000 maiden sprint at the distance. Trainer Rodolphe Brisset has Luis Saez handling the outside draw. 6 NEWYORK GIANT is stretching out to threequarters of a mile after returning from the layoff to stalk the pace and finish 4th vs similar going 5 ½ furlongs. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr is 26% with 2 nd start after a layoff.
RACE 4: 9 PEACOCK KITTEN should have the screws tightened after returning from the freshening to set the pace before weakening to finish 5th – right behind The Mighty Judge last out. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr has Edgard Zayas handling the rematch. 3 MYSTICAL MOON was solid in defeat when following his ‘non-winners of 2-lifetime’ victory with a well-meant 2nd place finish at this level and distance. Trainer Brian Lynch has Dylan Davis in the saddle. SELECTIONS: 9-3-5-7
RACE 5: 8 BASQUIAT is a son of American Pharoah debuting for trainer Chad Brown with a series of solid workouts showing over the Payson Park training surface. The beautifully bred sophomore gets Lasix, and has Irad Ortiz Jr at the controls. 2 FUGITIVE is turning back to seven-eighths of a mile after breaking from the outside, pressing the pace, and finish 3rd in a screw-tightening performance going a mile. Trainer Mike Maker has Nik Juarez in the saddle. SELECTIONS: 8-2-10-9
RACE 6: SELECTIONS: 3-4-11
RACE 7: 8 FREEDOM FORCE, a $600,000 son of American Pharoah, is debuting on the turf after hitting the board in consecutive sprints vs statebred competition on the main track. Trainer Rodolphe Brisset has Chris Landeros handling the surface switch. 5 SHAMROCKET is stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth after posting back-to-back 2nd place finishes going a mile. Trainer Christophe Clement has Irad Ortiz Jr atop the son of Tonalist.
RACE 8: 7-2-5-8
RACE 9: SELECTIONS: 4-3-7-1
RACE 10: SELECTIONS: 3-10-4-6
RACE 11: 2 SOLDADO is stretching out to seven-eighths of a mile after posting back-to-back optional claiming victories going 6 furlongs. Trainer Todd Pletcher has Luis Saez going for the hat trick. 5 GLOBAL CAMPAIGN, who broke his maiden going 7 furlongs in his career debut, turns back, and makes his first start since finishing 3rd behind Tax in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga. Trainer Stan Hough has the classy son of Curlin training sharply for the return. SELECTIONS: 2-5-9-7
RACE 12: SELECTIONS: 8-7-4-9
BEST BETS: (Bet 2x normal Wager)
Race 2: #2 FIAMMA MAMMA
Race 3: #9 STORM THE BRIDGE
Race 6: #3 Bye Bye Nicky
Race 8: #8 FREEDOM FORCE
Bet Top Horse WIN and PLACE each Race!
Bet Exacta Boxes on each race with Top 3 Horses!
Trifecta Boxes are up to you.
OAKLAWN PARK SATURDAY!
Pass on the first 2 races..
Race 3) 7-4-5
North Side should have zero excuse here. Drops to the lowest level and is simply is the fastest horse fig wise. #4, I Live It, is a second start horse and has every right to improve.
Race 4) 6-3-2
Obviously doesn’t care for off tracks as this one’s last out was a complete debacle. Look four back and you have the same thing. Despises wet surfaces. Let’s roll, here, on the class drop and get this one rolling down the stretch. Sadler is sending out live horse, left and right, and goes first off of the claim, though I would have liked to see him on the class hike. Hartman, rounds out the top three.
Race 5) 6-10-3
Town Champ, gets a nice draw, and takes the class drop for Asmussen. Loves the local strip and runs back quickly off a win last out. Pat Daddy had trip issues in last and still won. As my top choice, loves Oaklawn and fits with this group; in great form. Diodoro, second off the freshening, rounds it out.
Race 6) 3-8-10
There’s a ton of pace in this bad boy. Sadler has been sending out live runners for the last few weeks. St. Joe Bay comes in, second off the layoff, and takes the class drop coming out of the San Carlos. Tons of back class to draw from. Will be a very short price. I’m going to try to get #8, Awesome Saturday, in the exacta at a big price. Should be flying late with plenty of speed to run down. Wilbo is a pace play as well. Another that will be coming late.
Race 7) 7-2-6
Amoss and Talamo team up on the top choice here. Drops in class and is five for five in the money at this distance. Has enough tactical speed to sit a nice trip. Lost as the favorite, last out, but that was on a muddy track, I look for this one to make amends today. Tapsolute is interesting with Santana taking the mount. Not exactly a win machine, let’s try to get this on into the exacta. Coach Adams, #6, is the speed of the race and could get brave on the front end.
Race 8) 8-9-4-5
If this late pick four, which starts here, chalks out, it might pay $20 for a .50 bet. Bye Bye J, #9, drops out of the state bred Down the Dusty Road and loves Oaklawn. Freshened for his return and looks to be on tilt here. Has back class to draw from as well. Second choice gets off the inside and gets back to a cozy post position where this one can stalk and pounce. Has caught moisture in the track in both local starts. Hollendorfer and Diodoro fill out the top four slots.
Race 9) 7-3-9-4
The return of Eight Rings highlights the Bachelor Stakes. Baffert is white hot at Oaklawn, but there are gaps in his workouts that give me a bit of pause. The placement is a bit strange, as well, but he has run well at the sprint distances. Echo Town will sit just off the pace and there certainly is enough knock signed on. Ginobili, broke flat footed, last out and simply mailed it in. This one doesn’t like to pass horses, but if he breaks well will ensure a hot pace. I’m going to spread here in terms of trying to catch a price.
Race 10) 1-8-6
The Carousel, highlights the latter half of the card, where Bellafina sits as the 8/5 morning line favorite. Obviously, the class of the race and she doesn’t exactly run well outside of the state of California. Draws the rail, here as well, but I just don’t see another in here who can beat this one at a very short price.
Race 11) 4-13-3
Finish up the card with an MSW at 1 1/16 for three-year-olds and upward and older. There appears to be absolutely zero speed in this race. Perhaps the speed will come from the #6, as he bobbled at the start in last and stretches out. Showed some speed two-back in his maiden voyage. This race goes through TAP and the #4, Unrighteous. Gets the service of Rosario, while also dropping from graded stakes company when last seen in the Tampa Bay Derby. #13, if he draws in, is a second start colt that can improve. Makes the surface switch from synthetic to dirt for Colebrook.
BEST BETS: (Bet 2x normal Wager)
Race 3: #7 North Side
Race 7: #7 Candy Store
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Exacta Boxes Each Race.
TAMPA BAY DOWNS:
Race 1: 6-2-3-5
Race 2: 2-7-3
Race 3: 2-8-1
Race 4: 3-8-7
Race 5: 9-4-11-1
Race 6: 7-6-8
Race 7: 8-9-4
Race 8: 7-8-4
Race 9: 4-1-2
BEST BETS: (Bet 2x Normal Wager)
RACE 4: #3 Maliced
RACE 9: #4 Ski Bunny
Exacta Boxes each Race.