Sunday’s $300,000, GI Gulfstream Park Turf Hcp., for 4yo’s and up turfers, at 1 1/8 mile over the Gulfstream Park turf course is the first truly big turf event of the 2014 Gulfstream turfing season and a really good group of “8” handicap division turfers will trod the sod here on a busy Gulfstream Sunday card.
Summer Front , at 5/2, is the winner of the GII Fort Lauderdale Stakes here last month splitting horses in the stretch for the up late win! He split Tetradrachm, at 3/1, who was back 3/4’s for 2nd with Nikki’s Sandcastle , at 10/1, grabbing the 3rd spot as all 3 will return for this GI tilt!
Amira’s Prince , at 5/1, returns to racing after an 11 month layoff after sweeping his first 4 U.S. outings early last year that included wins in the GII Mac Diarmida Stakes and the GII Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap, before an injury sidelined him for the rest of the season! If he is in top form again then he’ll be a real threat here on Sunday!
Imagining , at 6/1, is the winner of the GIII Red Smith at Aqueduct last Nov. and is 3 for his last 4 outings all at the stakes or G/S level! Seems he can go early and win or stalk an early pace to win and that’s not a bad set of abilities to have for a first time GI turfer!
Charming Kitten, at 6/1, turned turfer after a distant 9th finish in Derby 139, as he ran in a good number of top graded 3yo turf events last year with some solid results to show for his efforts. He won a G/P $62.5k 2x Oc turfer here last out by 1 1/2 length but enters the older graded turf ranks for the first time here.
Boisterous , at 6/1, the 2013 GI Man ‘O War Stakes winner was on a hot streak winning or coming a very close 2nd in 6 straight graded turf outings. But in his last 3 graded outs of 2013 could do no better than 3rd as he looks for a fresh start here in 2014. He is a closer type went he’s on his game!
Lochte , at 15/1, has but a Mdn and Alw win to his name but was a last out winner here on Jan 24th in a $25k 1x Oc at 1 1/16 mile run in a nice 1:41.4 to a 3 1/4 lengths win, coming off the rail for the score. A wonderful pedigree here by Medaglia d’Oro out of a Lemon Drop Kid mare!
So, a top group of handicap division turf horses will make this $300,000, GI Gulfstream Park Turf Hcp. also well worth the tune in this Sunday!
Race #11 – Post Time – 5:31 pm Est.
|1.||Lochte||O Bocachica||112||M J Vitali||15/1|
|2.||Tetradrachm||L Saez||114||W I Mott||3/1|
|3.||Nikki’s Sandcastle||J Rocco, Jr.||115||D C Kassen||10/1|
|4.||Charming Kitten||J Lezcano||115||T A Pletcher||6/1|
|5.||Summer Front||J Bravo||117||C Clement||5/2|
|6.||Amira’s Prince||J R Velazquez||117||W I Mott||5/1|
|7.||Imagining||J Rosario||116||C R McGaughey III||6/1|
|8.||Boisterous||J Castellano||119||T A Pletcher||6/1|
Picks are – 4,5,7,8 exacta box, with the 2 or 6 at the back-end of a super play!