The card at Gulfstream was great, and I have to say even with the expected off-track, players had much of their focus and bankroll in Hallandale. Here is a glimpse of racing at Gulfstream and beyond, as we keep you up to speed as we enjoyed some winter racing.
The G-2 Hutcheson
It was all Thunder Moccasin, impressively cutting past this field. Team Pletcher looks to be the big gun in every town. After the 6 3/4 length victory, they were thinking that future would be as a sprinter, and keep this fine runner focused. Ever So Lucky was scratched, and the rumor of Mr. Sheppard not liking the last work may have had some weight. They are pointed towards the Swale Stakes.
The G-3 Suwanee River
Snow Top Mountain was no surprise at all. When Tom Proctor sends a runner to the turf, you better pay attention or suffer the feeling of tossing your tickets to the ground. She is maturing nicely, and if you missed the first part, keep Tom Proctor on your list of turf specialists.
The G-1 Donn Handicap
Hymn Book had the crowd singing as he rated nicely, and then overcame a bumping session to get up by a sweet nose for Shug McGaughey. Mission Impazible is one to watch next out as he left it all on the track, and looks good in form. Where’s Sterling was the bumper with Hymn Book. This guy needs a nod next out as we don’t know how much the traffic accident caused.
The Gulfstream Turf Handicap
Get Stormy wins over the good turf oval, and Ramon Dominguez shows why he was in town. He put them to sleep on the hook, and it was a patented Dominguez move. Big Blue Kitten came rolling like a freight train, and if the right pace comes along, he will be one tough customer.
The G-2 San Marcos
Slim Shady was in the house, and led wire-to-wire showing real determination down the lane. Norvsky caught my eye for next out, and was closing four wide looking strong in the lane.
It was all Whisked Away making a strong move and defending his turf all the way to the finish. La Gran Bailadora will be a good bet from me next out. Circled 6 wide, and the Maker barn will be tuned and ready.
Be sure to check-in next week as we take a look at the races. You can go back and check “Big ‘Uns” and results on WinningPonies.com and make plans to be a part of the action next weekend. Good luck!