God's Tipster's Thursday Gulfstream Park Pick: The 9th offers well-bred Saffie Joseph maiden dropping in class
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Wednesday’s Race Recap from Gulfstream:
(All odds US)
Replays for Wednesday’s races from Gulfstream can be found here:
Race 4: 9th@ 50.70/1
Race 5: 3rd@ 1.80/1
Race 7: SCRATCH
The Gulfstream Park turf course is looking awfully chewed up with a few days til the meet’s marquee race day. Presumably for this reason they moved some of the turf races to polytrack. In Race 4, One Track Mine on the surface switch was sent to the lead but wilted by the far turn. In Race 5, Khozeiress stalked a wicked pace from his outside post and when push came to shove he couldn’t run with the top two finishers and checked in third. We scratched from Race 7.
We’ll stay parked at Gulfstream for Thursday’s races where we’re expecting fast and firm conditions. Let’s get started !
Race 9: Charleston Way - 1 pt win (US Morning Line Odds: 12/1)
Maiden claimers on turf close out our day the same way we opened it. I’m not overly impressed with the more experienced runners who are likely to take most of the money here but I want to give another shot to Charleston Way, who drops into maiden claimers for her second career start. Trainer Saffie Joseph connects with a ridiculous 42% wins with that drop from maiden special weight to maiden claimers and also wins with 29% of his second time starters and 33% of his maiden claiming runners overall from a robust sample size of 96. First time out, Charleston Way broke from post 10 and was 4 wide around the track but she’s bred to be better than that effort showed. Her dam was a 4-time turf winner with a stakes win under her belt and her grand dam was the rock solid McKaymackenna who was a stalwart on the NY racing scene in the mid 1990’s winning 12 of 26 turf starts including 7 stakes (2 of them graded). This miss is also a half to Oakhurst who was a length away from winning the Grade 1 American Oaks at Del Mar this past December at 45/1 odds. Too early to give up on this well-bred runner and with these connections, the price will be right.
Best of luck to all our members playing Thursday’s races from Gulfstream!