In addition to the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup, Gulfstream Park has carded six stakes races on Saturday. We’ll discuss a pair of them below, looking for the best available bets in each.
Gulfstream Race 10 (Post time: 4:13 p.m. ET)
The Grade III, $150,000 W. L. McKnight Stakes
1 1/2-miles on turf
Lightly-raced six-year-old #1 DOSWELL (7-2) holds far more appeal than eight-year-old moneyburner #5 SADLER’S JOY (3-1, morning-line favorite), who’s lost eight straight races.
DOSWELL won two straight races under Barclay Tagg’s care before settling for second in the Grade II Ft. Lauderdale behind the well-regarded Largent. He should enjoy the stretchout here under Junior Alvarado.
The play: $10 win 1
Gulfstream Race 11 (Post time: 4:59 p.m. ET)
The Grade I, $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf
1 3/16th-miles on turf
Trainer Todd Pletcher has an intriguing triumvirate of horses representing him in the Pegasus World Cup Turf. Of the trio, the longest-priced one is #12 SOCIAL PARANOIA at 8-1, who will be the top selection.
SOCIAL PARANOIA won Belmont’s Grade III Poker last summer before hitting the shelf. His return effort over this course was a solid one. He’s now 4-3-0-1 all-time at Gulfstream. Subsequent works for SOCIAL PARANOIA were strong, and Luis Saez takes the call. He’ll have nearly the length of the stretch to move his charge over from this post.
#5 COLONEL LIAM (7-2, morning-line favorite) dazzled in the Tropical Park Derby over this course last time out, but this is a major step up in class. He was a close fourth two-back in the Saratoga Derby. Irad Ortiz Jr. rides.
#6 LARGENT (9-2) took the Grade II Ft. Lauderdale at a nice price here last time out. He’ll be much lower than 16-1 under Paco Lopez here but fits on speed figures.
#11 SAY THE WORD (6-1) is most likely to break up the Pletcher-trained trifecta. He took the Grade I Northern Dancer two-back and was a solid third in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup when last seen. The cutback could work wonders for this Phil D’Amato pupil. Flavin Prat flies in for the call.
The play: $2 exacta key box 12/5,6,11, $1 exacta box 5/6/11, $6 win 12 ($24)
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