There would be no more deserving winner than TRULY, who has been hammering on the door and today could be her day. Raspberry Ballet has performed with credit in maiden special weight company and is the primary threat, with Funny Feather best of the rest.
There has been very little between MARKISTAN and Mystic Comin Home on their last couple of outings, with the pair picking up minor money both times, and Jorge Delgado’s filly is marginally preferred to confirm her latest superiority. Crystalina is interesting on her first start since leaving Todd Pletcher.
PALACE TWO STEP is progressing nicely and only went under by a neck in a $30k claimer last time. There is the promise of more to come, but she probably won’t need to improve on that performance to take top honours here. Cat’s Astray and Ballie’s Dream could be the ones to chase her home.
KRACHENWAGEN had Chase Runner two lengths behind in second when completing a double over track and trip last month and is difficult to oppose on that evidence. Unbridled Holiday is entitled to improve on his comeback effort and looks the pick of the remainder
RAG TAG was sent off a warm order after finishing runner-up on his first two starts and although he failed to fire then, his earlier efforts suggest he can land an event of this nature and Todd Pletcher’s colt looks worth another chance. Gray’s Fable and Holy Meister both arrive on the back of a string of consistent efforts and look the pair to step up if the selection flops again.
NOT NOW RAND sauntered clear to score by nearly six lengths over an extended five furlongs here earlier this month and is difficult to oppose after such a dominant performance. Poseiden shed the maiden tag at the second attempt and could have more to offer while War Act ran out an impressive winner over a similar trip last time and is respected.
SEIZE THE HAY beat Holy Emperor to the runner-up berth when making an excellent start to his career here, with Mecha Corta back in fifth, and Todd Pletcher’s colt is fully expected to get off the mark now. Turn Of Events and Freedom’s Flight are also considered.
FULLY LOADED paid his way in stakes company in the winter months and a repeat of his last couple of efforts at this sort of level may be good enough here. Mark Casse moves Brass Compass to Florida in an attempt to get him going, with South Sea and Noon Time Gem also respected.
MINTD makes most appeal because this talented filly defied a lengthy absence to score on her comeback at Tampa last month and Brendan Walsh has booked top pilot Tyler Gaffalione for the ride. Always Shopping is interesting on her return for another potent trainer/jockey combination and High Road should also be taken seriously.
GEMO won well over 6f here latest and is a previous winner over this longer trip, so could follow up today ahead of Dynadrive and the downgraded Perfect Revenge.
A tricky contest and only a tentative vote goes to MISS AURAMET, who completed a C&D double with a demolition job last month and a repeat performance can see her bring up the hat-trick. Originator, Hidden Facts and Lady Grace are serious threats.
The weak finale can go the way of HONEST GAL if she is back on song, as she posted three consecutive silver medals before a moderate latest effort. Mohanna Queen and Katniss Kan are others to consider.
- 17:45 Gulfstream – TRULY @ 7/4
- 18:15 Gulfstream – MARKISTAN @ 9/4
- 18:45 Gulfstream – PALACE TWO STEP @ 5/2
- 19:15 Gulfstream – KRACHENWAGEN @ 2/1
- 19:46 Gulfstream – RAG TAG @ 5/1
- 20:17 Gulfstream – NOT NOW RAND @ 8/1
- 20:48 Gulfstream – SEIZE THE HAY @ 10/3
- 21:21 Gulfstream – FRONT LOADED @ 15/8
- 21:53 Gulfstream – MINTD @ 10/3
- 22:25 Gulfstream – GEMO @ 5/1
- 22:57 Gulfstream – MISS AURAMET @ 3/1
- 23:29 Gulfstream – HONEST GAL @ 5/2
- *All odds correct at time of publication