Gulfstream picks and jockey analysis for Sunshine Millions Day

Florida-breds take center stage this Saturday at Gulfstream Park for Sunshine Millions Day! We’ll go over the highlights of this 12-race card laden with state-bred stakes, including the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic. As usual, several of the nation’s top riders will be present at Gulfstream Park, so be sure to study these races carefully for FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

Gulfstream Race 4 (Post time: 1:30 p.m. EST)

The Sunshine Millions Distaff

#4 MOMENT OF DELIGHT (2-1) cuts back to six furlongs after turning back #5 YOU BOUGHT HER (9-5, morning-line favorite) in the Distaff preview at Gulfstream Park West last November. Luis Saez, riding at a 25% clip at the meet, takes over on this speedball. There’s no reason to think she won’t repeat today.

YOU BOUGHT HER is 0-for-6 over this course but does have three seconds here. John Velazquez maintains the mount as she drops back in with state-breds after placing in the Grade III Sugar Swirl.

#3 MIA TORRI is the wild card jumping into stakes company for the first time. Her first start for trainer Jorge Navarro was exceptional, and she keeps Javier Castellano.

The play: $5 exacta 4/3,5 ($10)


Gulfstream Race 11 (Post time: 5:05 p.m. EST)

The Sunshine Millions Turf

#2 REPORTING STAR is favored as he drops in class (2-1), but he’s lost this race before and his speed figures are declining. As a result, I’ll be playing against him.

#4 OUR WAY (8-1) looks like the right alternative. He broke his maiden over this course early last year and won two races at Saratoga in impressive fashion before faltering over a soft course in the English Channel Stakes last time out. He’s been training well since then and will get Velazquez in the saddle today.

#8 GO AROUND (3-1) was within a length of REPORTING STAR when those two met last time out. Prior to that he’d put up some very strong speed figures, mainly in stakes. Castellano will be aboard, which inspires confidence.

The play: $3 exacta box 4/8, $4 win 4 ($10)


Gulfstream Race 12 (Post time: 5:35 p.m. EST)

The Sunshine Millions Classic

#8 AWESOME SLEW was installed as the 7-5 favorite, and deservedly so based on speed figures. It also helps that Castellano is taking over for the first time. He drops in class after running third to Stanford and Keen Ice in the Grade III Harlan’s Holiday. Look for him to be forwardly-placed and draw away late in this 1 1/8th-mile dirt event.

#4 WE’RE ALL SET could sneak into the exacta at a healthy 6-1. He may not care for this distance (fourth in his only try last time out) but his speed figures are right where they need to be. Saez has the call.

#6 PILOTING (4-1) makes sense as a saver bet with Luca Panici aboard. He was second in the Millions Classic Preview and has the speed to put himself in the game early.

The play: $5 exacta 8/4,6 ($10)


DFJ analysis: Javier Castellano has seven mounts at Gulfstream on Saturday, all of which are 4-1 or below in odds, so it’s crucial to have him in your stable this week.

Luis Saez would be a good pick if you need quantity over quality, as he rides in 10 of the scheduled 12 races on Saturday. However, he has relatively few chances to win outside of MOMENT OF DELIGHT in the Distaff.

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