We get underway at Gulfstream on Sunday with a pretty poor maiden claiming contest over 5-furlongs with a host of exposed runners. The morning line prices look open with four genuine contenders, Cultivation, Dancingwithjimmieb, Holly Hill and the once raced Dat Hot Match who finished fourth on debut.
Cultivation finished ahead of Dancingwithjimmieb (4th) when running into second here last month, with Antonio Sano’s runner coming out afterwards to gain second here 17-days ago. That form also brings Holly Hill into contention having finished just behind Dancingwithjimmieb and all three runners are clearly in the mix for victory.
However, it might prove beneficial to side with Dat Hot Match following that debut fourth over 6.5 furlongs here earlier this month. The Teresa Pompay trained filly showed lovely early pace on debut to only fade into fourth in the closing stages – this drop back in trip to 5-furlongs today should warrant improvement and a catch me if you can style performance from the front.
An open maiden special weight over 1-mile is our third race on the card at Gulfstream with Mark Casse, Graham Motion and Bill Mott with runners. Tizahra wasn’t far in front of Pardon My Heart when they ran second and fourth here earlier this month, while Ocean Fire continues to find a few too good in recent starts.
Both Pardon My Heart and Ocean Fire look exposed with Tizahara the more likely of three to finish in front. However, I’m interested in New Hope Road at a bigger price with Tyler Gaffalione booked to ride for the first time. This filly was third on debut last June before finishing in the same position here last month – she’s open to more improvement as the valued selection here.
The fifth race of the night on Sunday is a 1-mile claimer with Bean Counter, Trieste and I Am Magical leading contenders. Most of this field have had several previous starts with I Am Magical securing only one victory from twelve career runs and comes into this claimer after finishing a fading fifth here last month.
She Fled the Scene is another twelve-time raced runner, finishing second on six previous occasions for Kathleen O’Connell including here on March 5th. Elsewhere, the two more likely runners to fight out the finish are Trieste, who showed an excellent late turn of foot to grab second here in January and our selection Bean Counter – the Todd Pletcher trained filly is lightly raced, dropping down in grade and is open to more improvement following a comeback fifth here 17-days ago.
We have the dead-eight runners intended to start in the 1-mile claiming contest towards the backend of the card at Gulfstream on Sunday. Castagno will be popular among punters with this 3-year-old securing three-wins from six-starts to date (50% strike-rate) with two of those three victories here at Gulfstream – Paco Lopez remains in the saddle following his latest off the pace victory here on March 1st.
Justinthenickoftime has ran solid races of late, winning here in late January when racing forward before finishing a good third in a better affair (from off the pace) here last month. The mount of Luiz Saez is a serious contender, but I’m siding with the lightly raced Mystery Bank for Saffie Joseph. This lad finished a good second when stepping up in trip here 17-days ago and the lack of pace here could see him dominate from the front and break his maiden on a fourth career start.
A big field for the closing race on the card this Sunday with many top owners and trainers running some interesting newcomers in this 1-mile maiden special weight. The China Horse Racing Club run Renata, the mount of Paco Lopez, Juddmonte have Publication from Chad Brown’s barn with stable-mate Altaf in the colours of Shadwell Farms and Joe Allen owns L’indiscret.
Chad Brown’s pair warrant respect with Longpants Required of the experienced runners having a chance back from a break. However, our final selection on the card is L’indiscret with Joe Bravo in the saddle – recent workout times are sharp and trainer Barclay Tagg’s runners are in excellent form this meet with Pleasant Orb and Highland Glory (won a listed race last night) securing wins here this year.