Race 8 at Gulfstream Park – Post Time 3:46 PM Eastern
Grand Saman went to post at 7 to 2 in a race at this identical five furlong turf trip at Gulfstream last month and won easily under Zayas yet he’s 12/1 to start here. This veteran is 9 for 28 on grass, with EIGHT of those wins here on the Gulfstream Turf and at this distance. He was RECLAIMED by trainer Klesaris and owner Hibiscus Stables three back at Monmouth, those connections having lost him via the claim in February and having big success with him previously. Zayas has had big success with the horse was well, with four wins in nine races. Now that he’s back in winning form he should be very dangerous and can easily post the upset.
Long Blade has won six of 13 on turf in his career, three at Gulfstream Park. He moves back to turf off two dirt starts and won his last turf sprint and he’s already won at this level (like Grand Saman) so he’s in for the 25K optional claiming price. He doesn’t need the lead to win and can sit off likely early speed horses Henry’s World, Living Vicariously and Big Drink of Water then make the last move.
Emicrack is an unknown commodity, making his first start in the U.S., second career start and first on Lasix. He won his debut in February of last year in his native Chile and has put in some decent workouts. Trainer Sanchez is a very strong trainer with 15 wins in 72 turf sprints and a 133% profit on win bets and many of those wins have come with Berrios in the saddle. If this colt had broken his maiden in a turf sprint at first asking in the states I doubt he’d be 20/1 on the morning line and I’d be kicking myself if he won or completed the exacta at high odds and I didn’t include him on my tickets.
Freewheeler and Bourbon Currency round out the contenders, with a shot of being part of the exacta or trifecta but not nearly as good win bets as the other three, opening at 6/1 and 4/1 and likely to be bet lower. Freewheeler is 4 for 7 first or second on turf and Bourbon Currency is 11 for 21 first or second on turf but neither is a standout.
Grand Saman and Long Blade at odds of 3 to 1 or more.
For a much smaller amount Emicrack at odds of 8 to 1 or more.
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Exacta and Trifecta:
Box Grand Saman, Long Blade, Emicrack, Freewheeler and Bourbon Currency.