A lightening quick four and a half furlong sprint for the two-year-olds.
Wesley Ward trains the two market principles, Breakthrough and Chasing Artie, but his juveniles haven’t been firing so far around Gulfstream and a chance is taken with PRISONER.
The selection is Todd Pletcher’s first two-year-old runner of the season, and as you’d expect from such a powerful yard, Prisoner is beautify-bred, being a son of Violence out of a Stakes winning mare.
He is also a half-brother to the prolific Wine At Nine, who won no fewer than 18 times at distances from 5F to 1M. Prisoner has been reportedly working very well in advance of his racecourse debut and looks to have the right credentials to take this a decent price.
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A maiden claimer on the turf over a mile next and Paddy is going money back as a free bet if your horse finished 2nd, 3rd or 4th in this race. It’s an ordinary affair and a lot of these runners are well exposed by now. JEEKER JOE was sent off favourite over 7.5F when last seen at Gulfstream last August.
That was a very good run and a repeat of that would have him on the premises here. The selection has changed hands since then and is now in the care of Jose D’Angelo who does very well with his string at Gulfstream.
Tyler Gaffalione is a positive jockey booking and this is son of Treasure Beach, who won the Irish Derby in 2011, has proved his mettle on the turf and should be involved in the finish. He looks a cracking bet with our special offer in mind.
We’ll take a chance with DYNADRIVE over 7.5f furlongs in one of our many extra place races on the card this evening. The selection was unlucky to run into the smart Danzing Dunhill when he was making his debut for Michael Maker 58 days ago.
Previously to that he had won twice over a mile on good ground, so today’s conditions should be perfect. Legendary jockey Joel Rosario, who rode five winners from seven rides at Oaklawn Park last weekend, is an eye-catching booking and with a nice draw in stall 4.
Dynadrive looks poised to run a big race and is an excellent each-way proposition with Paddy paying the first four.
The one-mile contest on the dirt looks wide open and while FRANK FIRST ran poorly last time out, that was on turf and he is much better suited to this surface. He may well have a fitness edge on the likely favourite, Flute Maker.
The selection won his maiden here over 6 furlongs and followed that up with a close-up third in a course and distance effort two races back. That run proved that a mile around Gulfstream is well within his range.
Irad Ortiz Jr has been on fire at this meeting and he is riding the dirt course especially well. Look for him to settle Ronald Spatz’s three-year-old just off the pace and take advantage of his finishing kick to score.
The feature race on the card is a 5 furlongs on the turf for the feature race on the card. Many of these sprinters are in excellent form but HIDDEN FACTS can be another winner on the card for Irad Ortiz Jr. The selection has been running in stakes company in her last two races and can take advantage of a drop in grade here to take this.
Trainer Brian Lynch has said this daughter of The Factor shouldn’t be inconvenienced by a draw out in stall number six and expects Hidden Facts to break smartly and attempt to make all here. Hidden Facts was narrowly touched off by the reopposing Charmaine’s Mia when she last raced in this grade over course and distance, but can take advantage of an uncontested lead to gain revenge on that rival.
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