Race of the Week 2017

Gulfstream Allowance a Florida Derby Prep?

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC
Saturday's 3rd race from Gulfstream Park, a nine furlong entry level allowance event for three-year-olds, could produce a starter or two for the April 3 Florida Derby.

Morning line favorite Arch Traveler ran fast in all three sprint starts and graduated at seven panels here Feb 6. He lands the cozy rail post and should make his presence felt throughout for Jose Lezcano and James Jerkens. He owns a promising route pedigree and has the speed to succeed.

Nacho Business looked good winning his one-mile debut at the Gulf and clear place finisher Bowman's Causeway came back to score and is entered in the Fountain of Youth later on the card. He has drilled three Palm Meadows bullets since his bow and projects a tactical trip under Joe Bravo. His trainer Kelly Breen is enjoying a successful meet.

Cool Blue Red Hot made a run at Fountain of Youth entrant Soldat in the local slop Jan 21 but could not match strides with that fleet rival and ended up a distant runner-up. He might prefer fast ground and owns positional speed.

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Ken McPeek has the coupled pair of Private Prize and Washington's Rules. The former switches surfaces and did beat Wilkinson in his main track graduation run at Churchill Downs in November. The latter flopped in the Sam Davis but broke his maiden here and may not have cared for the Tampa Bay footing.

Hothersal ran well in both turf route starts and gives dirt a whirl. Seth Benzel is probably just experimenting with the surface switch and if it does not work out he can always return to the sod. He clearly has talent and might be a future turf stakes performer.

Longshot Porcini Prince rounds out the field. He failed to threaten at almost 20-1 in his Pasco return at Tampa Bay Downs. Look for the NJ-bred to wake up against state bred rivals at Monmouth this summer.


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This race should produce a Florida Derby starter or two. It should also give us early in the day clues to the Fountain of Youth. Cool Blue Red Hot was well beaten by Soldat in the slop, and Nacho Business beat Bowman's Causeway last time, so watch how those two fare. I am also intrigued by Washington's Rules. He got an 88 Beyer for his GP win, but then did nothing at Tampa.

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