Written by Daniel Benjamin
Race 3 - Claiming $8,000 (Purse - $20,000)
Seven geldings will go five-and-one-half furlongs in this $8,000 claiming event. I expect this to be a very strong race with #3 Jettin Out, who is taking a major drop in class, coming out as the victor. Jettin Out is the class of the field though he has been inconsistent over the last three outings, sandwiching a win against $25,000 claimers with two subpar performers. The 3-year-old gelding has finished either first or second in five of his seven career races though he is coming off a sixth-place finish against $20,000-$18,000 claimers going seven furlongs, so Jettin Out also gets a reprieve in distance as well. #7 Luckytobeinamerica has run well and consistently for a little over a year now while recording eight top 3 finishes in 12 events, including in each of his last four events. The 4-year-old gelding was claimed in his last race where he finished third, as the odds on favorite, against similar competition going six furlongs on June 12. #1 Fort King is coming off his best performance as he recorded an ESpeed rating of 74 on a sloppy but sealed track, going five furlongs against $12,500 claimers. The speedy 4-year-old is 2-for-4 on the dirt with both victories coming at this distance. #2 Slick Star, who is now part of Ricko Maragh’s barn, should fill out your ticket in exotic bets as he is taking a drop in class after finishing third by a neck against $12,500 claimers the last time out in a five-furlong race.
Picks: I like an exacta/trifecta box of #3, #7, #1. If you go with the trifecta box I would throw in #2 as well. Also, depending on the post-time odds, I may use a show bet on the #7 or #1.
Race 7 - Allowance Optional Claiming $75,000 (Purse - $54,500)
Seven 3-year-old male runners are slated to go five furlongs on the turf. While I expect this race to be superb, I don’t think it is as wide open as Race #3. #6 Sea Lover will look to start his career a perfect 4-for-4 as he won each of his previous three races, which includes defeating $25,000 claimers going this distance after leading most of the way before holding off Bahamian Prince at the wire. The speedy 3-year-old Kentucky gelding, who is running for Mike Maker for the first time following the claim, already has a victory at this level as Sea Lover took over the meet down the stretch and is 2-for-2 at this distance on the grass. Jockey Edgar Zayas has four wins plus a second-place showing in his past seven outings. If Sea Lover is able to get the trip that is expected, the real battle should be for second place. #8 Legendary Prince is also 2-for-2 on the turf and has shown improvement in each of his last two races. The son of Cairo Prince followed his $25,000 maiden claiming victory by defeating $50,000 claimers on May 23. #1 Zaino Boyz and #7 Remaster should challenge Legendary Prince for second best. Remaster is a turf savant and has two wins as well as three other money cashes in five career events (all on the grass and at this distance). The Irish gelding is coming off a victory over $25,000 claimers going five furlongs on June 10. Zaino Boyz should be a factor due to his quickness, possessing an incredible early pace rating of 110. The former stakes winner -- along with Mukulwitz -- is the most experienced races with nine starts, however, the Arkansas colt has just two previous starts on the turf.
Picks: I like a win bet on the #6. I also like an exacta box of #6, #7, #8. I also like a show bet on the #7 as well as a trifecta box of #1, #6, #7, #8.
Race 8- Claiming $16,000 (Purse - $24,000)
Seven fillies are slated to seven furlongs in this event that could come down to #8 Panera and #3 Beaseachi. Panara is dropping to the $16,000 level, and turns back to seven furlongs on the main track, after showing tactical speed and tiring when facing $30,000 ‘2-lifetime’ claimers going a 2-turn mile on the turf in what was her first appearance on the grass. The Kentucky-bred horse has finished in the top 3 in four of her five starts on the dirt. Expect Edgar Zayas to get Panara to the front early in the race. #3 Beaseachi struggled on turf going a mile the last time out at this level but she has run well this year and been pretty consistent this year. Beaseachi also has finished in the money in two of four contests, which includes one victory. #6 The Gospel of John finally got back on the podium in her last time out on a sealed sloppy track the last time out going six furlongs as she finished third. #2 Hifulutin should also be considered in exotic bids and I expect her to be one of the pacesetters, along with Panera. This is Hifulutin’s first foray at Gulfstream as she was previously stationed at Tampa Bay for her previous nine races where she hit the board seven times.
Picks: I like a win bet on the #8. I also like a value show bet on the #2.