God's Tipster's Sunday Gulfstream Park Pick: The 9th is a short sprint featuring a son of Kantharos
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Saturday’s Race Recap from Gulfstream Park:
(All odds US)
Race 4: 1st@ 2.00/1 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Race 8: 2nd@ 6.40/1
Race 11: 2nd@ 0.90/1
In Race 4, Ticking started our day with a win. He broke fast, put away rank outsider St. Joe Harbor then withstood a run from co-2/1 favorite Power Humor before drawing off to a convincing win. I’m hoping some of our international members locked in those 8/1 morning line odds with their bookmakers. In Race 8 our debuting Mondego went to the lead and set legitimately fast early fractions. He led til the far turn where he drifted out slightly which allowed Baby Billy to slip up the rail. Miraculously, Mondego gamely battled on after losing significant position and was gaining ground on the winner again late losing by a fast diminishing head. That one was a heartbreaker and one of the most impressive debuts you’ll ever see from a first time starter on turf. In Race 11, Kathleen O. was taken a bit too far off a dawdling early pace and wasn’t able to run down the classy Classy Edition. A win and two seconds from three Gulfstream picks today.
Saturday’s Race Recap from Fair Grounds:
(All odds US)
Race 2: 5th@ 20.20/1
Race 7: 5th@ 32.60/1
Race 10: 8th@ 4.40/1
Race 13: 4th@ 4.50/1
In Race 2 the debuting Persimmon Hill stalked her more experienced rivals and looked loaded until the far turn when she was asked for run and all in early. She flattened out finishing fifth. She’ll benefit from shorter next time. In Race 7, our second of two debuting Ken McPeek runners hit the track. Neighbor raced well back early and came with a nice mid-race move up the rail and looked like he was actually taking the lead in the stretch but his bid flattened out and he checked in fifth. McPeek would fittingly win the next race on the card with an 8/1 shot. In Race 10, Happy American never looked comfortable rated back near last and never mounted a serious rally finishing 8th. In the Grade 2 Risen Star, Tapit’s Conquest made his move on the far turn but when push came to shove he sputtered while his stablemate ran off with the win.
We’ll close out the week with more races from Gulfstream. We’re expecting fast and firm conditions. Let’s get to it!
Sunday at Gulfstream Park:
Race 9: Kanthari - 1 pt win (US Morning Line Odds: 4/1)
Allowance optional claimers sprint 5 furlongs on the grass in this one and on the surface, Kanthari’s lone speed figure (77) wasn’t fast enough to contend with the speed figures that the best of these have put up on turf so far. I’m hoping that will keep his odds fair but knowing he’s owned by the MyRaceHorse partnership I have a feeling he’ll be under 2/1. Since that debut effort, the third, fourth and fifth place finishers have returned to improve their speed figures by 11 points, 10 points and 4 points respectively. The 77 he put up on paper is probably closer to an 87 Beyer which would make him a BIGTIME contender against these. Especially considering horses generally improve second time out. In viewing the replay, while he did break slowly he recovered quickly enough and stalked nicely with a high cruising speed before laying the hammer down. Seemed to win with something left too. Top connections are the cherry on top on this well bred, $575k son of Kantharos.
Best of luck to all our members playing Sunday’s races from Gulfstream!