The racing is beginning to heat up in Florida, and you want to check in each and every time that you have the chance. I guarantee that you will hear from at least a runner or two from this oval that will be taken seriously for the road to the Derby. But, there is still plenty of other races that need attention. So, be sure to checkout WinningPonies and use the new handicapping features, and check-in with the easy to use color-coded tiers.
Gulfsteam Park – Wednesday
Race #1 – #4 Game On (3-1)
One trip last year at GP gives him some balance, and he hails from the barn of Wayne Catalano (21% a winner at Gulfstream). Add in the services of Paco Lopez, and they have teamed up 3/3 in the last 365 days as a tandem. The 180 day-off icon, and dropping in class helps build confidence. They make an attempt again after a slow start, and switches riders from Eddie Nunez.
Race #6 – #9 Platinumplus (5-1)
Barclay Tagg brings this mare to the gate. He wins 48% with his turf runners, and 46% off a winning last effort. If you roll your mouse over the rider and trainer, you will see all of this info to help you build your case. J.J Castellano (15%) in the irons, and is a 48% ITM rider over the weeds. I like the price, and the last race work was solid, as you will see the monster workout icon, and moving up in class mark. I take this as confidence in the runner’s abilities, and we may just see a good run at a nice price.
Race #7 – #10 Holiday Flare (3-1)
A Harlan’s Holiday filly who is in the hands of trainer of the year Todd Pletcher. Johnny V in the saddle, and the current meet has yielded a 22% win rate. A beaten favorite, and Pletcher scores at 58% on this move alone. She ran a solid 3rd place effort, and switches from Coa to J.V…. I like this gal, and the price at 3-1 is attractive…