Gulfstream Park (12/16): Tropical Parks Oaks, Derby Analysis

By | December 24, 2022

The Monday card from Gulfstream Park features a pair of stakes races. The Tropical Parks Oaks and Derby are both set to kick off the post-holiday racing meet.

Gulfstream Park- Race 1

Post: 12:10 PM ET; $84k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 13

  • #8 MADEMOISELLEJACKIE (7-2) gets the top selection. She goes out for the Clement barn and gets Ortiz in the irons. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #1 PENUMBRAS MAKER (9-2) appears to be a major player in this race. She has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #5 R ROSE’ ALL DAY (8-1) has bloodlines to suggest she fits here.
  • #4 ZIPADOO (5-1) should improve off the first start and will likely be out on or near the lead and will look to hold off the charge to the wire.

Selections: 8 – 1 – 5 – 4

Gulfstream Park- Race 2

Post: 12:40 PM ET; $23k Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #3 ROYAL SQUEEZE (5-2) is the top pick. He goes out for the Jackson barn and gets Perez in the irons.
  • #4 COMMANDING GENERAL (9-5) should be competitive in this spot. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 JOE DI BAGGIO (4-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #2 BEN COPENHAGEN (6-1) isn’t without hope. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.

Selections: 3 – 4 – 1 – 2

Gulfstream Park- Race 3

Post: 1:10 PM ET; $19k Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #3 STARSHIP NUGGET (2-1) looks best here. She has the top overall power rating in the group. This one will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #1 NO DECAF (3-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She makes sense on speed figures.
  • #6 DIGNIFIED (8-1) should be competitive in this spot. She looks to be the class of the field. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #8 AWESOME APEAL (7-2) comes into the race in really good form. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.

Selections: 3 – 1 – 6 – 8

Gulfstream Park- Race 4

Post: 1:41 PM ET; $24k Claiming going 1 mile 70 yards on all weather track; Entries: 8

  • #5 DIVINE EXCHANGE (5-1) gets the top selection. She shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 mile 70 yard distance. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #7 SERENADE A KITTEN (8-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Sanchez and Ruiz. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #4 DOMINEERING (6-1) isn’t without hope. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #8 SHE’S SO PRETTY (9-5) goes out for the Hernandez barn and gets Jaramillo in the irons.

Selections: 5 – 7 – 4 – 8

Gulfstream Park- Race 5

Post: 2:11 PM ET; $100k Tropical Park Oaks going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 10

  • #10 PERSONAL BEST (3-1) is the top pick. She may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #5 SPIRIT AND GLORY (9-2) appears to be a major player in this race. She makes sense on speed figures. This one will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #6 CANDY LIGHT (4-1) goes out for the Motion barn and gets Ortiz in the irons.
  • #7 SURPRISINGLY (5-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 10- 5 – 6 – 7

Gulfstream Park- Race 6

Post: 2:43 PM ET; $50k Maiden Optional Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #9 POWER HUMOR (7-2) should improve off the first start and looks best here. He has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #2 THE KHOZAN ONE (10-1) is a price horse and feels like a fringe contender in this spot. He looks to be the class of the field. This one should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #7 LOCO ABARRIO (2-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end. This one is well bred against these types.
  • #3 MR. RHODIUM (10-1) is a price horse and is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. He goes out for the Plesa barn and gets Zayas in the irons.

Selections: 9 – 2 – 7 – 3

Gulfstream Park- Race 7

Post: 3:13 PM ET; $42k Starter Optional Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on all weather track; Entries: 7

  • #2 ECONOMIC HANGOVER (5-2) gets the top selection. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Joseph and Ortiz. This one seems to fit well here.
  • #6 LAY THE GROUNDWORK (3-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Brown and Ortiz.
  • #1 BUILT DIFFERENT (5-1) looks to be the class of the field.
  • #4 DEMOGORGON (12-1) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 1 – 4

Gulfstream Park- Race 8

Post: 3:42 PM ET; $100k Tropical Park Derby going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 14

Grand Sonata | Blood Horse
  • #2 GRAND SONATA (7-2) is the top pick. He has races good enough to beat this group. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #6 AXTHELM (5-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #5 STOLEN BASE (20-1) is a price horse and appears to be a major player in this race. He projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #4 DAKOTA GOLD (8-1) will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late. This one was once favored on turf in the Breeders’ Cup.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 5 – 4

Gulfstream Park- Race 9

Post: 4:12 PM ET; $36k Claiming going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #7 AWESOME INDRA (5-2) looks best here. She could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #5 PENS STREET (3-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Crichton and Ortiz.
  • #4 KAEKO (4-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #6 PEACHY WEACHY (7-2) is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 7 – 5 – 4 – 6

Gulfstream Park- Race 10

Post: 4:42 PM ET; $28k Claiming going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 16

  • #6 BACKCHAT (9-2) gets the top selection. He has the top overall power rating in the group. This one has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #2 VAN DUSEN (8-5) appears to be a major player in this race. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Thomas and Ortiz. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #14 RED HURRICANE (4-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 mile distance.
  • #3 QUANTUM THEORY (12-1) is a price horse and has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.

Selections: 6 – 2 – 14- 3

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