Check out our race-by-race verdicts and nap selection for Thursday's meeting at Gulfstream Park.
18.00 (All times BST, live on Sky Sports Racing): EL SCORCHO changed hands for $140,000 last year and Luis Saez takes over the reins on the Empire Maker filly, who has run green in both starts to date. It will be disappointing if she can’t go close in this with likely market rival Matcha having run poorly in her two starts this term. John Kimmel’s mare has only managed one place in six attempts with Josefa, who holds Lookn Fine as Wine on past form, proving more consistent. Bit Coin Queen, Silver Palms and Funny Feather should also contest minor honours.
18.34: Only three of these unraced two-year-olds were bred in Florida. Of those, the Vancouver filly Rock With Robin is preferred to Go Jo Jo Go and Cloud Break but the one that catches the eye on breeding is DAYOUTOFTHEOFFICE. Her sire was a Grade 1 winner on Dirt as a juvenile and, from stall three, it will be disappointing if she can’t beat Carlos Munoz’s pair to the turn.
19.07: Though an outside draw is not ideal it shouldn’t prevent BAHAMIAN PRINCE from recording a third career victory. He was completing a double here in December and has run three cracking races in defeat since so deserves a change of luck. Flash Pass was a long way behind in February but has been gelded since last in action so there may be some improvement forthcoming. Deckology looked to be back on track at the start of the month while Sea Lover is looking to be a bargain buy having won both starts to date. Gran Hombre is improving fast and looks the pick of the remainder.
19.39: Girolamo’s Attack is making his debut and those with experience have a bit to prove having not managed a single place between them. U S S Colton and Tiger’s Back are probably the form picks but CAPTAIN DUKE showed good speed on his first run here last month and it will be disappointing if he doesn’t build on that today. Sudden Capture is equally unexposed but never threatened in September and hasn’t been seen since.
20.11: In the frame the last twice over track and trip, Dizzy Gillespie has solid claims in a well-contested claimer. Crea’s Bklyn Law was running well at Aqueduct over the winter but it’s only a matter of time before BE GONE DADDY finds top gear around here and Monica McGoey’s gelding is preferred to course specialist Stone Hands, who would have been the choice but for turning in a shocker last time when he stopped as if shot. It’s hard to see any of the remaining trio getting involved on recent form.
20.43: This looks a decent maiden on paper but the twice-raced Pechanga could go well at a price as she looks a progressive type. Todd Pletcher’s Thankful, a daughter of American Pharoah, was an expensive purchase and it would be no surprise to see her play a part on debut. Pseudonym also has a nice pedigree but is another drawn towards the outside. So Darn Hot made good late headway in March but Dylan Davis switches to the Candy Ride newcomer My Sweet Wife. FRESCO was an eye-catcher here in January when not given a hard time. Christophe Clement’s filly can put that experience to good use today.
21.15: Money Ride is back over his best trip and should have benefited from his run over a mile here last month. Valid Quest still appears to be on an upward curve while Beyond Gone has finished ahead of Ain’t Wasting Time the last twice and also had Flaming Hot behind over course and distance last month. However, MASERATI MAN (NAP) did best when the pair clashed here in March and Michael Yates’ charge has since made Silvery Enough pull out all the stops despite being carried wide off the home turn.
21.46: Don’t Get Khozy beat Blessed Beast and the subsequently-disqualified Fast Venezuela in a similar contest here last month but the latter had come out best when the trio clashed in March and Antonio Sano’s filly was just behind Chit Chat Girl subsequently. Midnight Gem is held on the form book but NAPA RULES won here in February and has had a break since a couple of later less-impressive efforts. If she’s been freshened up, a race like this looks within her capabilities.
22.17: Day by Day has not finished outside the first two in any of her last five outings but she’s only won once and may find one too good again in the shape of BRONX BEAUTY. Anthony Margotta’s grey showed her versatility last year when scoring at three different venues. She’s not done a lot wrong in two runs since arriving here and looks ready to pick up the winning thread again. Violent Times looks a big danger as she had the equally-consistent Heiressall behind when beaten under a length by Princess Causeway over track and trip last time. Gray Owl can’t be ignored but is raised in class again.
22.47: Those who have shown the best form are also the most exposed but it may pay to stick with experience in this finale. COOKIE COVE never looked like catching Holly Hill here last time but did well to grab a prominent position from a wide draw having being bumped at the start. She has a much better starting position today and can make all. Espiritu de Luna is another eased in grade and she will likely prove the pick of the three-year-olds with Hechizada beginning on the wide outside. The market will probably be the best guide to the others.
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