Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I Owe.. I Owe..To the WIndows I Go
Today’s Gulfstream feature is another one of those competitive SoFla beauties where even short-priced horses can pay well. If performance figures are the measure--and they always are--four of these preliminary allowances/optional claiming 3-year-olds going one mile on turf would fit neatly under one blanket.
Wayward Sailor (6-1) owns the fastest final figure on this course, at this distance, after adding blinkers for Mike Maker On Dec. 11, but things get a little dicey considering that winning figure was earning v. maiden claimers. But, remember, these youngsters can develop virtually overnight.
Liquidity Trap (5-2) is a worthy favorite given his connections (Chad Brown) and the fact he’s turning back to a winning distance and he ,had trouble in his most recent start. Heiko (5-1) moved up considerably first time on this course, and also returns to his maiden-breaking trip with Johnny V. taking the return call for a second start in blinkers.
But it’s Two Months Rent (8-1) that looms the most interesting. After earning an excellent figure in his New York finale, he showed up at Gulfstream last month and virtually had no chance due to very hungry early fractions. Conditions should improve today.
Further, the trouble he encountered in midstretch didn’t help things, and the winner, Howe Great, came back to win Saturday’s Kitten’s Joy Stakes. Jimmy Toner trainee gets switch to Paco Lopez. Good look trying to get early line odds.
Taking Two Months Rent to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing him in multiples with the three rivals named above. Super-exotic players would do well to include very sharp Fear The Heat (4-1)
Running Totals: (1011) 312-202-145 Total Dollar Return: $2,163.80 [win selections only]