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Friday, February 8, 2008

Friday, Gulfstream Race 3

Interesting race 3 at Gulfstream on Friday for maiden 3-year-old fillies.

Todd Pletcher sends out first-time starter Quiet Now (Tiznow-Quiet Dance, by Quiet American) who is a half-sister to BC Classic winner Saint Liam; she’s had regular if not spectacular works since early December. I'm not expecting a lot, but The Toddster-Johnny V combo is always tough.

The favorite looks to be Ian Wilkes' Ms. Margaret H. (Point Given-Cherry D’or, by Cassaleria) who is a half-sister to stakes winner Western Echo; she just missed victory (by a nose) last out and this is her second start off layoff. Mascara (Milwaukee Brew-Forever Land, by Badger Land) looks strong here too after finishing just behind Ms. Margaret H. last time, getting blinkers on and a sharp 4f work recently. Mark Hennig’s Emotional Rescue (Smart Strike-Acqualina, by Pulpit) gets blinkers and returns to dirt after a disappointing grass effort here, yet the winner of that race, I Lost My Choo, subsequently won an allowance race, and the runner-up My Baby Baby CRUSHED (by over 12 lengths) an 8f MSW field next out; she has posted two sharp bullet works leading to this start. Finally, with their current hot streak, it’s hard to ignore the Bill Mott-Kent Desormeaux entry Big Sink Star (A.P. Indy-Simadartha, by Gone West) who returns to dirt after run on yielding turf last out; this is also her second off break and at long price could be worth inclusion in exotics.


JLDecker said...

//sniffle// I miss going to the Gulf. I don't necessarily miss the track, but I miss the excitement.

race said...

Valerie--Gulfstream, Just reading your comments on yesterday's 3rd race at Gulfstream --Quiet Now, I'm going to put it in my Horse Look page, because we may hit a nice $$$ next time out. Evans bred and kept the Horse. He knows what he's doing. Velazquez knew what he was doing as well. He's wasn't going to abuse the Horse for goodness sake. His works up to the race did not miss a beat. Almost every seven day's he was on the track, so we know he's Healthy. By the way though, how did "Ready to Fly" get off at 11-1--??? Am I missing something here? Gambolati is hitting at 25% and they let him off at 11-1. Sky Mesa out of Pulpit, bottom side Grindstone???I mean this is not a Saturday race when odds are made with the chalk public. This is a Friday, when the Handicappers are surely there. At least it made sense who won. That's all us Horseplayers can ever ask for, the results to make sense. Good Luck today at the Races---Race

Valerie said...

I know, I know, I couldn't believe I left Ready to Fly out! I saw Edgar Prado up too and thought, wow, what a great choice, but...talked myself out of her due to the outside post. Stupid, I know. Sometimes I just overthink these things and live to regret it! :)