There are two solid turf sprints at Gulfstream on Sunday. Let’s take a look:
Gulfstream Race 8 (OC/$62k) – Eddie Broome entered two and scratched the longer of his two runners, #2 Posse Dreamin (12-1). That’s not a surprising decision considering he has the likely favorite in #8 Brandy’s Girl (3-1) who might well be loose on the lead. Brandy’s Girl is a filly facing males here, but has been running in stakes races and might have found an easier field. She’s the one to beat especially considering her pace advantage. #9 Big Rock (5-2), the morning line favorite, hasn’t run since the G3 Woodford at Keeneland in November and will be on the chase from the outside. The horse want to bet is #6 Summation Time (4-1). We’ve always felt he was better going 6 or 7 furlongs (instead of the five furlongs of this race. However, he ran a good second to Rainbow Heir going five furlongs in November at Gulfstream Park West. Then last time, he was put up on the lead pressing a wire to wire winner and maybe he just wants to settle a bit more. Maybe something went a bit amiss that day since he’s been off for 10 weeks since then and his back form is the best in the field, if he can find that for Christophe Clement.
Gulfstream Race 10 (n1X) – We have to play #3 Rivzinthehouse (6-1) in this one-other-than allowance race for trainer Armando de la Cerda. His first start of the meet was on Claiming Crown day, and in that race, he ran an excellent race, forging a very fast pace which collapsed and he was run down only in the last furlong. He didn’t run especially well two-back, but returned on March 8th and was seemingly ready to go at the top of the lane when he couldn’t get a seam and had to run in place for about a furlong and by the time he got room, it was too late. He should be a fair price as well.