Free Picks For Gulfstream Park - 8/29/20
Race 6 - Maiden Special Weight (Purse -$60,000)
Seven 2-year-old male runners will go five and one-half furlongs on the dirt. Six of the runners are first-timers with #6 Joe Phillips being the only one with a race in hand.#3 Hercules has a pretty good lineage, being the son of Brethren while also having connections to Distorted Humor and A.P. Indy. Hercules has also pretty in three strong training efforts over the last two months, including going five furlongs in 1:00.47 seconds on Aug. 23. Hector Berrios who is having his best year in the irons gets the ride. #5 The Great Oz is the Son of Liam’s Map, whose foals have an 18% strike rate, and has been training consistently. Trainer Edward Plesa has won over 20% in each of his last three years with 2-year-old runners as well as a career 47% WPS percentage with them. Joe Phillips showed some ability in his debut before tiring in the stretch and finishing seventh in a five-furlong event on Aug. 9. #2 Zuriel and #1 Artista should also be considered in exotic bets.
Picks: I like a win bet on the #3. An exacta box of #3, #5. I also like a Hi-5 box of #3, #6, ##5, #1, #2.
Race 8- Proud Man Stakes (Purse - $75,000)
Nine 2-year-old male runners will go one mile on the turf. Just four of the participants have experience on the grass and two have previously gone a mile. I like #7 Fulmini here in what should be a fantastic race. Fulmini showed improvement in his last outing, which he won in driving fashion in his first effort on the turf, after rallying for a strong third-place finish in debut. Fulmini also has put in consistent training efforts over the past month or so. Trainer Mike Maker and jockey Edgar Zayas have a 34% strike rate when working together. #9 Castle King should at least have the endurance advantage as he is one of the ponies with experience running this distance, winning the last time out by a neck while going a mile on the turf to break his maiden.#3 Hall Rich Legacy has been running on the grass the last two outings, where he broke his maiden and finished in a sixth-place finish in an allowance event the last time out at Colonial Downs (Aug. 2). #2 Remendador is the other horse that has experience at this distance and will get blinkers in his second race following a mild rally to go from 15 lengths behind the leader at the halfway point to finish fourth in the meet. #8 Boca Boy should also be considered in exotic bets though as he has shown some good speed though this will be his first foray on the grass.
Picks: I like a win bet on the #7. I also like an exacta box of #7, #9. In addition, I will have a trifecta/superfecta box of # 7, #9,#2, #3, #8.
Race 9 - FTBOA Florida Sire Susan’s Girl Stakes (Purse- $200,000)
Six 2-year-old fillies will go seven furlongs on the dirt which none of the competitors have done before. My choice here is the morning line’s second favorite #5 Princess Secret in what should be a tremendous race. Princess Secret is arguably the fast of the competitors in the field and has been extremely consistent in her three career outings. A daughter of Khozan, Princess Secret is coming off a second-place finish in the six-furlong $100,000 Desert Vixen Stakes where she set the pace and then battled back to claim the place position on Aug. 1. Princess Secret has not finished worse than second in her career and has Miguel Vasquez in the saddle. #1 Freak was caught and surpassed by both Go Go Jo Jo and Princess Secret in the Aug. 1 race. While Freak has yet to win a race she has shown well in both of her two career outings, the daughter of Brethren had a spectacular training session on Aug. 23 going four furlongs in 47.50 seconds. I’m going with #2 Lyrical to bounce back from his last outing, where she finished sixth in the Vixen Stakes after tiring. Trainer Juan Alvarado has switched to Emisael Jaramillo, from Christian Torres, in the saddle for this one. I believe that Go Jo Jo Go will also be in contention.
Picks: I like a win bet on the #5. I also like a show bet on #2. In addition, I will make an exacta box of #5, #2,#1.