Thursday’s 8th race from Gulfstream Park is an optional claiming event for Florida-bred fillies and mares traveling one mile on the main track (Post Time 3:40 p.m. ET).
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#4 TIME TO TWO STEP (4-1) completely botched the start vs. this kind last time, so I will just draw a line through that one and give her another chance at this level. She finished in the top three in her previous five local outings vs. lesser company. Her numbers are a bit light and I am not sure if she is quite good enough, but she should get pace to chase and the price should be right.
#2 Amadora (4-1) improved her numbers in her first four outings on dirt, and the added ground in back-to-back off the turf events was key to her success. She moved to the Sweezey barn and held 3rd after attending above par fractions in a local turf route July 4. She is back on dirt and should seriously impact the pace.
#8 Thissmytime (5-2) has the most upside in this field. She graduated with a decent number in a local sprint May 31, and finished a respectable 3rd vs. similar at six panels July 15. I am not sure how she is going to react at this longer distance if she is hung out wide chasing honest fractions.
#1 Bimini (3-1) is a sharp early-pressing type with an affinity for local one mile events. Her number dipped in a runner-up finish in her first start after the claim July 12, and she stumbled at the start and raced wide that day. She might be headed the wrong way after peaking in back-to-back local victories vs. lesser in the spring.
#4 to win
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July 24 - JO JO AIR ($9.20)
July 27 - HOOTIE ($7.80)
July 28 - GUILLAUME ($6.40), Exacta ($24.00)
July 31 - She's My Type/Miss J McKay Exacta ($41.80)
Aug 3 - Peaceful Feeling/Be Nimble Exacta ($43.40), Trifecta ($59.65)