Gulfstream’s stakes-laden Summit of Speed day takes place this Saturday. The Grade II Princess Rooney and Grade III Smile Sprint share the spotlight on a 14-race program. We’ll dive into both of those races here. Be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
Gulfstream Race 12
The Grade II, $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes
Estimated post time: 5:30 p.m. EST
#1 CURLIN’S APPROVAL looks vulnerable considering her heavy 6-5 morning-line favoritism. The multiple graded stakes winner loves this course (14-8-3-0) but will likely be pressed into early contention with #2 MS LOCUST POINT due to her rail draw. If the fractions are swift, MY MISS TAPIT could be the one to take advantage.
#3 MY MISS TAPIT (4-1) started her career at Gulfstream with two straight wins in early 2017 but was put on the shelf after a lackluster summer campaign. She bounced back with an emphatic win at Gulfstream in April and lured Tyler Gaffalione away from the race favorite. MY MISS TAPIT’s tune-up works for Todd Pletcher are sharp.
The play: $10 win 3
Gulfstream Race 13
The Grade III, $250,000 Smile Sprint Stakes
#8 X Y JET (4-5, morning-line favorite) is tough to side against in his stateside return. He was a narrowly-beaten second to Mind Your Biscuits in his second attempt in Dubai’s Group 1 Golden Shaheen. X Y JET’s comeback race off his 2016 Golden Shaheen try was dreadful, but he was put into a tough spot in Belmont’s Vosburgh Stakes off an extended layoff. The Smile competition should be soft enough for X Y JET to negotiate. Look for him to blast off quickly under Emisael Jaramillo and never look back.
#1 REASON TO SOAR (12-1) tries open stakes company for the first time while riding a three-race win streak. He’s a perfect 4-for-4 at Gulfstream all-time, including a highly-rated allowance/optional claiming victory last time out. Gaffalione will be aboard.
The play: $10 exacta 8/1
DFJ analysis: Leading Gulfstream jockey Tyler Gaffalione rides in 11 of the day’s 14 events. Of those 11 assignments, nine are priced at 6-1 or below. MY MISS TAPIT gives him a solid upset chance in the Princess Rooney, while REASON TO SOAR could land him a share in the Smile Sprint.
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