Saturday was a solid day. We looked at seven races and had two winners ($10 Ghostly Presence in the Tropical Park Oaks and $28 Daring Duchess in the Via Borghese) among just four races to go off. There were cancellations mid-card at both Aqueduct and Laurel. Aqueduct is also cancelled today (New Year’s Eve) and tomorrow (New Year’s Day).
With nothing to look at today at The Big A, we’ll look at a few spots today at Gulfstream.
Gulfstream Race 7 – The start of the late pick-5 is an 8.5 furlong turf Maiden Special Weight. Chad Brown brings back #4 Frontier Market (7-2) after a runner-up debut in January in which he earned an 80 Beyer. He’ll be the favorite, but he didn’t really do a ton of running in that race, just saving ground right behind the speed in a race dominated on the front end. The interesting alternative is #10 Electro (6-1), a half to Lady Eli for trainer Mike Maker. Maker stretched him out last time from seven to 11 furlongs and he ran pretty well, setting a strong pace at Aqueduct behind two very nice runners, including future stakes horse Culture Carrier. There’s not a ton of speed in this race and Jose Ortiz will have Electro either on or pressing what should be a moderate pace.
Gulfstream Race 9 – This is a typically interesting Gulfstream turf allowance race and we’re going to take a shot with #3 Weekend Express (6-1) for trainer Tim Hills. He’s been stuck chasing subsequent stakes winners Mo Town (Hollywood Derby) and Blacktype (Knickerbocker) in two of his last three starts and two-back at Parx, he was stuck in a pace-less race and was clearly the best of the off-the-pace movers. He’s been freshened for this spot and lures Javier Castellano.
Gulfstream Race 11 – #8 The Robert (6-1) was bet in his debut on December 2nd but had a very wide trip and should improve second time out for Eddie Kenneally. The Robert is a half-brother to Parlor, who won $245k in going 3-10 on the grass. We’d like to try #3 Gunnison (20-1), who makes his turf debut for trainer Kelly Rubley and is a half to one of our favorite horses, Divisidero, but he’s by Bernardini, a very poor turf sire.