Looking around the country for a few spot plays on Saturday.
Gulfstram Race 9 (Marshua’s River) – #8 Dream Dancing (8-5) is the favorite but she’s a deep closer in a race without a ton of speed and she’s facing older horses for the first time. We’ll try #4 Abbreviate (4-1) for Chad Brown and Joel Rosario. She might be a little slow but we’ve always liked her. The six furlongs from last time was probably a bit short for her and they’ve found a pretty soft G3 field.
Gulfstream Race 10 (Fort Lauderdale) – With One Go All Go, Heart to Heart, Shining Copper, and Shakhimat, there has to be at least an honest pace. Heart to Heart is the one to beat and loves this track, but he’ll have to work. We’ll try #7 Team Colors (15-1) as our preferred closer. He faced some stakes caliber horses at Belmont and then last time had gate trouble and a wide journey when beaten two lengths (albeit in fifth) by Shining Copper at Churchill.
Gulfstream Race 12 – We’re going to try #3 Lone Sentry (20-1) again. He was good breaking his maiden at Parx and had legit trouble at Belmont in the Awad on October 28th. Last time out, he broke a step slow and was too far back. It feels like there’s a forward move for him and he’ll be another huge price.
Aqueduct Race 5 (Say Florida Sandy) – My Boy Tate has been very good in his last two races and stands out in here on figures but he’ll be a short price and might have to deal with some other speed. We’ll take a small shot with #5 Gold for the King (5-1) who is circling back into form for trainer Charlton Baker. First off, he has two figures from last year that are good enough to compete with My Boy Tate, if he can get back there. He might have needed the October 21st race and while he beat a weaker field, he was impressive in his November 29th win. Remember, this horse was 7-1 in the Woody Stephens in June. He has ability and maybe today’s the day he shows it.
Fair Grounds Race 6 (Krantz) – #8 Mom’s On Strike (4-1) has run some big races when she gets pace or when she gets a non-firm course. She could get both in this race. The concern is coming back on relatively short rest but she did win at Churchill on three weeks rest and is in excellent form.
Fair Grounds Race 7 (Silverbulletday) – #7 Heavenly Love (3-1) was our pick in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies but she had no chance in there after drawing the inside and racing the whole way on the dead rail at Del Mar. Her Alcibiades was really good, where she blitzed the field with a quick move on the far turn. We’ll try to beat Wonder Gadot, who was the easy winner, albeit against a suspect field, in the Demoiselle, and Blonde Bomber, who was third in the Breeders Cup race but was aided by the fast pace and the wide trip, well off the dead rail.
Fair Ground Race 8 (Bradley) – #4 Monster Bea (6-1) ran well last time, pressing the pace, putting away the longshot pace rival, and was run down in the last furlong by a perfect trip Shug runner in a race that came up pretty quick. A repeat would likely win this race.