God's Tipster picks the 7th and 8th races at Gulfstream Park, seeking some Sunday action
Saturday’s Recap from Oaklawn Park:
Race 3: 5th@ 2-1
Race 4: 4th@ 6-1
Race 5: 1st@ 1.80-1 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Race 7: 3rd@ 2.40-1
Race 9: 4th@ 6.70-1
Race 10: 6th@ 12.50-1
Race 11: 6th@ 4.80-1
Disappointing Rebel day over at Oaklawn Park for us. We started things off in Race 3 where Aloha West broke last after being pinched back and rallied mildly while never threatening. In Race 4, Cryo ran 4th in his debut but he earned his way to our “horses to watch” list as he also broke last and was 8th turning for home. He rallied wide to finish 4th and blew past the winners past the wire. He’ll be good with more distance next out. Shedaresthedevil made a successful return to the Races in the Azeri Stakes with an exciting wire-to-wire score over Letruska who was surprisingly rated from just off the pace. In the Essex, Night Ops was one of 5 in a line turning for home but faded to third. Treasure Trove fought a game race to finish 4th in the marathon about two lengths behind the winner. Engage never threatened Whitmore and CZ Rocket in the Hot Springs and Concert Tour absolutely stole the show in the Rebel and stamped himself as a force to be reckoned with on Kentucky Derby day.
All in all, not the day we were looking for but we’ll now turn our attention back to Gulfstream Park to close out the week. We expect mild temperatures and sunshine on Sunday along with a fast main track and a firm turf course. Let’s get started!!
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Sunday at Gulfstream Park:
Race 7: Fuego Caliente - 3 pts win BEST BET
Members of the US Racing Expert may recognize the name of this runner as a horse we LOVED in his last start on Feb. 12, based on his sneaky-good maiden victory. He had broken his maiden on Jan. 13, and his closing fraction was faster than Stakes runners had run that week. He was visually impressive too. Here’s a video of him winning that race (he’s the 10 horse). Faster than something like 100 other horses that had ran that week had run. Anyway, he finished 5th when we played him back on Feb. 12, and if you watch the race (he’s the 8 horse in this video) , his rider never gave him a chance to run. At least not til the end of the race and he started motoring. His closing 1/4 mile of 23.08 in his last race is a faster close than anyone in here has ever run. This made me wonder if a fix was in so I reached out to the trainer of Fuego Caliente - Jeff Engler via Twitter who was kind enough to tell me that his jockey had apologized to him after the race for a poor ride but he realized he’s got some talent. In jockey Corey Lanerie’s words: “He’s a real good one”. I kept after them and last week I noticed he had popped up with a fast turf workout. Once again I reached out to trainer Jeff Engler asking how he felt about the workout and he said he’s training sharp and that he had a beautiful workout. He let me know he’d be entered on 3/14. So here we are. It’s put-up-or-shut-up-time for Fuego Caliente. Looking forward to seeing what he’s got.
Race 8: Honolulu Express - 1 pt win
Claimers run a mile here and trainer Peter Walter has the hot hand these days winning at a rate of 26%. Honolulu Express won this exact same type of race three weeks ago and this field doesn’t even look as strong as the one he faced back then. This runner has speed and should be close enough to the inside to take full advantage. Wire to wire.
Best of luck 🍀🍀🍀🍀 to all our members playing races from Gulfstream on Sunday!