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It’s that time of year again. Winter is about to take hold of
the Northeast, and that means it is time for me to go the way of the geese and
head south for some sun. I can’t think of a better place to warm my bones than Gulfstream Park. This Saturday Gulfstream will host
the Claiming Crown for the second year in a row and there should be some very
competitive racing on tap. I took a look at the late Pick 5, and here are some
quick thoughts on how I saw it.
Race 6: This is a very tricky leg to kick
things off and I am not sure I trust the morning line favorite, or the second
choice either. I understand if you want to use them, but I like a few price
horses that I think have a chance to run well. I will use the trio of Kingsford
Is Clear, and Goodtimehadbyall.
Ghost Is Clear is my top choice in here. I love the fact he is getting off the
rail for this and that Javier Castellano sees him fit to ride. Three back he
won a N3X at Churchill, while breaking from the rail, and if he runs back to
that race I believe he wins. He was in over his head at Keeneland two back in
the Grade 3 Phoenix and I do believe he will love 7 furlongs. Kingsford Drive is
coming into this 3rd off the layoff, likes the trip, and gets Jose
Lezcano in the irons. That is good enough for me. As for Goodtimehadbyall, he
hasn’t been the most consistent, but when he brings his “A” game he can be
tough. He has fired fresh in the past, and I am hoping he does the same again
off a short break.
Race 7: I will single Deanallen’skitten in here for Chad Brown. I just feel she is pretty
consistent. She has never missed the board at GP, and has never been off the
board at this trip while racking up 5 wins in 10 tries. I do believe this is a
fairly strong single. There are some others that I was interested in, and that
I gave second looks, but I can’t get by the favorite in here. It always came
back to her. This is her race to lose in my humble opinion.
Race 8: I will go two deep in this leg with
Red Hills and Point Finish. If Red Hills goes off anything near that 15-1 morning
line I will be ecstatic. Two back he ran a really nice race while getting a big
fig for his efforts. He has a few wins at GP and has also done well at the
trip. Last out, while in stakes company, he was bumped at the start and lost
interest. I love the price and his chances today. As for Point Finish, he is
just as solid as a racehorse can be. He has hit the board 19/24 starts with 9
wins. Paco Lopez will be aboard and I have a feeling he will run a nice one.
Race 9: I am using four to get through this
leg and I still don’t feel that great about it. I just couldn’t get a handle on
this race. I will use North Star Boy,
Alley Oop Oop, Major Marvel, and Blameshifter.
The reason I found this race so hard is I couldn’t get a good feel for the
pace. I have a feeling this will be won by a stalker, but I’m just not 100%
sure. Those are my quad, good luck to you guys on this one. If anyone has any
solid ideas, let me know. I’d love to feel better about this race.
Race 10: I will be alive to two if I am
smart enough, and lucky enough to get here. I will use Nevada
and Sinorice this leg. Both are
getting back to two turn routes and own wins at the trip today. I expect both
of them to run well. The one I will be scared of is Voodoo Storm. He is coming
into this very sharp. In the end though, I excluded on the basis of he has
never tried this distance before, and that his two big wins that jump off the
page at you have been at Mountaineer. Maybe he just loves it there. I can’t
fault you for using him, but I do believe you can knock him.
The Play: Fifty cent Pick 5 will cost you $24. I will go 5-6-7 with 6 with 7-9 with 5-7-8-12 with 3-4.
As always, best of luck everyone. I
wish you all a winning day. I hope I was of some assistance in either turning
you on, or off, a horse. Enjoy the races, folks.