Racing continues today at Gulfstream with a 12 race, mixed card over the dirt and turf.
We’ve got plenty of extra place races on offer, so it might be a good day to go bargain hunting.
We get going with a 1 mile maiden on the turf for the 3 year olds. East Lex and Turn of Events have the best form in the book, but it could pay to take a chance with Saffie Joseph’s debutant COACH TEMPLE.
The selection is a half-brother to winning miler Back to Back and has been reportedly working well in preparation for his belated debut. He is beautifully drawn in stall 2 and if this son of Curlin takes to the turf, he is well capable of being in the first 4 places in the opener.
Next to a 6-furlong claimer on the dirt. Followhisfootsteps was an impressive winner last time out and looks the one to beat, especially if he’s allowed dominate the early pace. Finnegan has some excellent past form but has a 490 day lay off to overcome.
With the generous place terms in mind it could pay to keep the faith with ZALZA, who was a bitter disappointment when a well-beaten favourite last time out. The selection has changed stables and is now in the care of Amador Sanchez, who has an excellent record with new recruits in these types of events.
Jockey Hector Berrios gets on really well with Zalza having previously won twice on board the 4 year old. The stars look to be aligning for Zalza to run a big race. We are also going money back if your selection is 2nd, 3rd or 4th in this race.
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Back on the turf for this 7 and ½ furlong event. It’s another extra place affair and there are plenty of fancy prices out there. But, it is impossible to overlook the claims of POSITIVE PHIL who should be able to put a run of awful luck behind him.
The selection looked all over a winner last time out here before being nabbed close home by stablemate Crypto Gold. Michael Maker’s charge should be able to gain compensation today and the booking of this meeting’s leading jockey Tyler Gaffalione is a big positive.
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1 mile and ½ furlong stakes action on the turf for the 3-year-old fillies here, and it’s no surprise that this decent purse has attracted an excellent field. Envoutante and Highland Glory will more than likely contest favouritism, but with the 4 places being paid out it may be worth looking further down the list.
SEDUCER was impressive when she scored on debut back in November at Aqueduct. She was sent off favourite next time out but was soundly beaten by Highland Glory. Trainer Christophe Clement’s barn was in bad form back then and the selection can be forgiven for that poor run.
Clement has said that he feels his string is back in good order now, so it would be no surprise to see the trainer, who was shot down in April, ride high again here in May. Take Seducer to overcome a poor draw and reach the frame here under Irad Ortiz Jr who has been riding the course so well recently.
More stakes action on the turf over 1 mile and ½ a furlong, this time for the colts. It is also our final extra place race on the card.
Plenty of talented colts are putting their reputations on the line here, but at the prices, a chance is taken with EVER DANGEROUS to follow up his recent surprise course and distance debut win. On that occasion the selection was sent off a 14/1 longshot but overcame a wide draw to record an impressive victory.
This is a much tougher race but Ever Dangerous is entitled to take his shot. Trainer George Weaver is confident his horse can defy another wide draw here and follow up. Jockey Edgard Zayas, who rode a double here yesterday, will again look to break smartly and settle his mount in behind the pacesetters. Ever Dangerous could spring another surprise and is worth an each-way play on these terms.
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