Written by Daniel Benjamin
Race 6- Maiden Special Weight (Purse -$47,000)
Eight filly runners are slated to go one mile on the turf in what should be a fairly competitive race. #5 She’s Just Quality and #7 Summer in the City should battle for top billing. She’s Just Quality has raced well her previous two outings although this is the first time for the Kentucky youngster to stretch out to a mile. She used a strong rally to finish third at this level going five furlongs the last time out earlier this month. Luca Pacini gets his second ride on She’s Just Quality who also finished second going five furlongs on the turf in a claiming race. Summer in the City is moving back to the Special Weight class after finishing second at the claiming level, the last time out a little over two months ago in a five-furlong race. Summer in the City, who is one of Todd Pletcher’s horses, finished fifth at this level in her first go around. #8 Humor Me Dixie showed tremendous improvement in her last outing, posting a career-high ESpeed of 78, though she still finished two lengths behind Summer in the City. Humor Me Dixie has a third-place finish in three outings at this level.I expect those three along with #4 Fall Moon to battle to control the pace out of the gate.
Picks: I like an exacta box bet of #5, #7 as well as a show bet on the #8.
Race - 8 Claiming $30,000-$25,000 (Purse -$35,000)
Seven colts and geldings are slated to go one mile on the main track. #5 Lure Him In is dropping in class after finishing fourth going this distance against $40,000-$35,000 claimers. The 3-year-old gelding, who has one win at this distance, also finished second three starts back against $50,000-$40,000 laimers. Jockey Emisael Jaramillo has six wins over the last two meets at Gulfstream. #7 Genghis moves to Bobby Dibona’s barn, whose horses have a 20% win rate in the first start following a claim, and is looking for his fourth cash in five starts after finishing first or second in each of the last two events. The 3-year-old Florida colt has a career 75% WPS rate. #1 Beyond Gone has been up and down in his last five outings, finishing either first or second on three occasions. Beyond Gone moves up in class in this one after being outdueled down the stretch by Frank First 13 days ago going seven furlongs versus $25,000 -$20,000 claimers. The 3-year-old colt claimed gold at this level three starts ago.
Picks: I am going with a win bet on the #5. I also like a show bet on the #7. In addition, I like an exacta bet of #5, #7, #1.
Race 10 - Allowance Optional Claiming $25,000 (Purse- $47,000)
Eight female runners will go one and one-sixteenth miles on the turf. This is set up to be a two-horse battle between #1 Key Biscayne and #6 Lovely Luvvy. Key Biscayne has been racing well this year and has shown improvement in each of her last four starts. The 3-year-old Florida filly, who is one of two horses in the field with an outstanding early pace, is on a two-race win streak after defeating $16,000 state-bred optional claimers when going a mile from Post 12 last time out. Lovely Luvy has run very well at Gulfstream and has 11 top 3 finishes in her last 12 starts on the turf. The 4-year-old filly is coming off a third-place finish going a mile the last time out at this level. She also tied her career-best ESpeed of 96 the last time out. #8 Drinks On Me is stepping up to the $25,000 level after pressing the pace and coming within a neck of defeating $16,000 open-claimers at this mile and a sixteenth distance. The 5-year-old mare has shown improvement in each of her last three races and has finished in the money in three of the last four starts. Also, Drinks On Me runs well at this distance as all three of her wins have come at this distance. #9 Lady Nina, who has a field-best early ESpeed of 83, is also a candidate to fill out the bottom of the ticket. Lady Nina has seven cashes in 13 starts.
Picks: I like an exacta box of #1, #6. I also like a show bet on the #8. Additionally, I like a value show bey on the #8 as well as a trifecta box of #, #6, #8, #9.