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Gulfstream Park: Sunshine Millions Day Pick 5

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This Saturday at Gulfstream Park we will be celebrating Sunshine Millions Day in honor of our Florida bred equines. A fantastic card was assembled and there are a lot of competitive races on tap for us to solve. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, it also marks the return of the BC Classic’s hero Mucho Macho Man. As usual, I focused my attention on the Pick 5. I found the sequence to be pretty manageable, especially since Mucho Macho Man seems to be a virtual lock. As for the other races in the sequence, I definitely think there are some square priced horses that could win. Without further ado, let’s delve into this thing….


Race 7 – This is a race I believe could get very hot up front. So, I opted to go three deep here with horses that will be coming from a bit off the pace. I will use Salamera, Sweet N Discreet, and My Pal Chrisy. My Pal Chrisy and Sweet N Discreet are both coming out of the same race, the Ocala Stakes, and I think they may have been up against the track that day. In that race I don’t know how the pacesetter, Devils Cave, held on for the win. Either she is a very game and talented horse, or she was aided by a speed bias. I am going with she was indeed aided by the bias that day, and in my mind that moves up the chances of both My Pal Chrisy and Sweet N Discreet. I also like that they both are cutting back for this. As for Salamera, I added this one out of fear. I don’t like that he has the rail, but I find it very interesting Javier Castellano jumps aboard. At 8/1 on the morning line, I just had to throw her in. She goes out for the second time off a real long layoff and has been working fine for this. If she improves, she definitely has an upset chance.  


Race 8 – I found this to be a pretty tricky race and I went five deep. I just could not get a handle on this one. I am going to use Spring Up, Hobbs, Star Channel, Bad Debt, and Old Time Hockey. I like Spring Up quite a bit, but I am worried about his class. He has never raced above the N1X level. Hobbs I am taking a shot with. He is 20/1 on the morning line and I don’t think he is as bad as his last. I also like the fact that Paco Lopez stays on. I know it may be a reach, but if he can score it might make this Pick 5 very, very interesting. Bad Debt definitely can take this home and is pretty logical. He has burned money in the past though, which is never a good sign. But, if he runs his “A” game, he has a major shot. And as for Old Time Hockey, I included him from a class standpoint. He is dropping out of three straight Grade 2’s on the west coast where he didn’t run badly at all. The one I will be scared of is Tune Me In. He makes his first start for Christophe Clement and is returning off a layoff. Looking at his races I was not impressed and I did not like the probable short price he will be. With that said, Clemente can indeed wake up a horse. I totally understand if you want to add him in as well.


Race 9 – I really like this race. I think Fort Loudon and Apriority both have a huge chance to win this. I believe both will be square prices as well. Fort Loudon finally gets off the rail after being stuck down there for three straight races. I expect a big run from him in here today. And as for Apriority, I think he is going to love getting back on a dry track. I am going to key off of these two as every which way I can.


Race 10 – Three words. MUCHO. MACHO. MAN. Enough said. In all seriousness, it would be a major shock if he lost. Only way I would think about including any other horse in this race is if the track got wet. Otherwise, he should demolish this field. Welcome back, champ.


Race 11 – In the night cap I went two deep. I am not super confident in my selections, but I think we are in good hands. I chose to go with Easton Arch for trainer Shug McGaughey, and Miss Lech for trainer Chad Brown. Easton Arch makes his first start for Shug’s barn and his first start in the States. Shug has good stats on both maneuvers and I expect him to run well. He gets the services of Joel Rosario and Lasix for the first time as well. Miss Lech comes into this off of a layoff, keeps Castellano in the saddle, and should be ready to run. As for the others, you could make a case for quite a few of them. I landed here, but I understand if you want to go deeper. Regardless, I think the discussion has to begin with the two that I opted for.


The Play – I am going to play a fifty cent Pick 5 that will cost $30. I will go: 1-2-3 with 2-4-5-7-10 with 5-8 with 4 with 9-10.


As always, I hope I was helpful in strengthening your own opinions, or that I turned you onto something you may not have thought of. Have a great weekend at the windows, everybody. Good luck on all your wagers.         


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Older Comments about Gulfstream Park: Sunshine Millions Day Pick 5...

Nathan ,thanks. Big time ammo for Zensational tommorrow!!!!!!.
Yes, Tom, she looked really good! Thanks!
Florida,the great thing about my info is that it comes from the Bloodstock agents i dealt with.They are not Gamblers and look at horses for purchasing purposes. They are not clockers either.This was very good.
Goblin,hope you enjoyed Charlie A in the last at Gulfstream as i posted. I sure did. 17-1
Charlie A pulled off the upset, Tom. You got good info on that one.
Ribo Bobo was "the man" today. Nice win for him!
Just WHO are those other nags in the "big" race? never heard of them other than Gourmet dinner. The fate of stakes races these days: one good horse amongst a bunch of stiffs.
Thanks, Tom, I'll be watching.
Fort Louden in the Sprint and would like to see an upset in the Classic, but I doubt it will happen. Would be fun, though. I like Florida f's upset pick, Gourmet Dinner.
Fort Louden in the Sprint and would like to see an upset in the Classic, but I doubt it will happen. Would be fun, though. I like Florida f's upset pick, Gourmet Dinner.
Goblin,you are a Curlin fan.I am told that Charlie A in the last is a very good turf prospect. 12-1 ML.
We are on different sides of the fence on this one Anne. I am going for it!!
Do not discount Bernie The Maestro in the big one.MMM looks incredibly hard to beat. Bernie is tearing up the track in the AM. Worth a shot at the price. I will be taking the bait.
I thought she fit better in the Sprint, too, but damn! she proved us both wrong. 2014 SM Distaff winner!
I was shocked too, I thought she had a legit shot in the other spot
I'm honestly shocked to see Sweet N Discreet go in the Distaff rather than the Sprint. The furthest she's even raced was 1 mile.
With the scratch of Sweet N Discreet in the 7th, I think I am going to add one in the night cap. I will use the other Mott horse, Guage, just in case he enjoys the green an the stretch out. Good luck, guys!
I also like R Free Roll in the F&M Sprint, but she's going to be part of that pace you talked about. If she gets used early and is still around late, I'll be a happy camper.

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 Meet Michael Barry   


 It all started 5 years ago for me after a spur of the moment trip to Saratoga Springs with my future wife.  I had always bet on the Triple Crown races, and made a few trips to Suffolk Downs annually, but not until that journey to The Spa did things get serious for me.  I fell in love with horse racing right then and there and I haven’t looked back since.  The following year I read every handicapping book I could get my hands on.  I became, and still am, a very passionate student of the game. 


Through this blog I hope to take you guys through my favorite aspect of the game, which is breaking down races and doping out winners.  I focus my attention between the NYRA circuit (mostly), Gulfstream Park, and Keeneland.  I also plan to provide very thorough coverage leading up to the Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup.  I love analyzing the prep races leading up to both of those grand events. 


Wagering wise, I love playing pick 4’s and 5’s, and I have enjoyed some success in the past playing those types of exotics.  In any given race, I try to attack based on strength of opinion and value.  That may be in the form of an exacta, trifecta, superfecta, daily double, pick 3, or by laddering my choice across the board.  Every race is its own animal and must be played accordingly.


Personally, I am a graduate of Boston University and reside on the South Shore of Massachusetts with my beautiful wife Tara and wonderful son Finn.  I work as a technician for a communications company by day. 


I can be found on Twitter @mbarry24 and I’m always up to discuss anything horse racing related.

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