Magical Mike drops in class and returns to turf for this opening one-mile maiden claimer for trainer Saffie Joseph. The lightly raced four-year-old is a tentative selection having run down the field against better opposition this year. Traffic Trouble for trainer Michael Pino, Jack Beanstallk with Luiz Saez booked and Noble Nebraskan (Edgar Zayas) are the main dangers in race full of exposed horses.
Trainer George Arnold raced three horses at Gulfstream last month and managed two winners, First Wave and Travelling Midas, both the mounts of jockey Tyler Gaffalione. The pair team up with Dizzy Sight who returns after a break and drops in class for this poor one-mile claimer. His runs in allowance races since October should be good enough to see off dangers, She Love Me and Red Fog.
We return to the turf track for a 16k maiden claimer over a mile for our third race of the night at Gulfstream. It’s an open contest with Declare Union running well in a better race when fifth in February, while a handful of other runners are also lowering their grade tonight. Mayito looks the most reliable following a third-place finish here last month and could give Joseph & Gaffalione another winner.
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The quality steps up for our fourth race of the evening, a 5.5-furlong claimer with a competitive field of seven runners. The early pace should be electric with One Hot Drama, Dancing Destroyer and Reiterate just a few who like to race forward. Richies Great Girl drops both in trip and grade tonight and will also appreciate a strong gallop – a similar performance to victories at Tampa and Churchill Downs looks likely for trainer Larry Rivelli.
The twice raced Spiritual King should race handy again from his inside draw under Edgar Zayes in this maiden claimer over one-mile. More Than Usual, Fork Union, Dr Doyle and Chocolate Bar are open to improvement, but Ratify is our selection. The Edward Plesa trained runner finished fourth on debut before been caught close home when second in February. Joel Rosario takes over in the saddle tonight and he’s another tentative selection in an open contest.
Embrace My Uncle drops in trip tonight having finished second twice in several recent starts for trainer Nick Gonzalez. Elsewhere, Quiet Company warrants respect following consistent runs in maiden special weights, but Three Deep is the safest selection for victory. Emisael Jaramillo’s mount was very game in a battling second-place finish here last month and deserves another chance.
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Arguably the most competitive race of the night at Gulfstream with a handful of these eight runners in contention for a one-mile starter optional claimer. Dominate The Moment had a number of these behind when scoring here last month and jockey Joel Rosario remains in the saddle. King of Ranch got tapped for toe turning in that day, before staying on for third place when the race was effectively over. Jockey Luiz Sez takes over in the saddle tonight and this nap selection can reverse the form with a more prominent ride from the front.
It doesn’t get any easier to find winners at the backend of the Gulfstream card but it might be wise to side with Luiz Saez again and his mount Preacher Marsee. Herbert Miller has only booked Saez twice this year, securing a winner and third-place finish and this horse is the most consistent in the field. He’ll be played late under Saez, with class dropper Volubile looking the main danger under Gaffalione.
Youngest of Five broke his maiden in fine fashion here last month and is one of the leading contenders on the shortlist for this allowance optional claimer. Stan Hough’s runner won’t have an issue with the extra half furlong tonight with Joel Rosario replacing Luis Saez. However, Moretti is our alternative selection for Saez and trainer Todd Pletcher – it should be an interesting battle between the two, but our pick has more experience in better company to secure victory.
The biggest field of the night to end the Gulfstream card for a one-mile maiden special weight. Chad Brown has declared newcomer Mighty Road with stable-mate Primacy only entered for the main track following his second-place finish here in February. The small drop in trip should suit Valletta, but with trainer Bill Mott not having a winner here in the past two-weeks it might be worth siding with Mighty Road on debut.
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