Very often people in my business will use the term good betting race in various constructs. It can be a big race without a marquee performer, a nondescript big race with a big field, or just a plain bummer.

But thats not the case at Gulfstream Park today where the prime time event is the Grade 2 Hutcheson for newly turned three-year-olds at seven furlongs. It has drawn a full field of 10 in which nine horses, on their best race, are within about three lengths of each other.

Not only that but many of them are attractive horses with considerable upside, no matter what their optimal distance turns out to be. Some might make the Kentucky Derby starting gate; others maybe the Breeders Cup Sprint.

So what we have here is a good field and a good betting race. Heres a thumbnail sketch of the group, in post position order, with early line odds and their best Equiform performance figure in parenthesis:

8-1 Tiz It (72.75). However, is still a maiden and never has raced beyond six furlongs. Johnny V. rides back with a bullet :59 at Palm Meadows.

6-1 Grand Minstrel (73.5). Became a man with his top figure score last out in the Capote, earning a career best pace figure, too. Jimmy Jerkens had a good 07 at GP.

6-1 Cool Coal Man (73.5). Strangled in poorly executed rating try in Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Classy turn-backs always dangerous; one of two uncoupled Zito horses.

3-1 Halo Najib (73.25). Another classy turn-back just missed in Court Visions Iroquois. Trainer Romans profitable going route to sprint.

10-1 Smooth Air (73.75). Florida-based sprinters do pretty well against national rivals in this race. Floridas leading rider Manoel Cruz in the boot.

8-1 Silver Edition (73.25). No seven furlong form but, hey, its Lukas.

15-1 Big Truck (71.75). Talented New York-bred but not likely ready for these.

15-1 Notgivenmyloveaway (72.5). Coming off new pace top, Pennsylvania-bred not yet Smarty Jones.

10-1 Golden Spikes (73). Needs seven furlong form.

4-1 Coal Play (72). Good figure going a mile at Belmont; career pace top in last. Forward looking.

My thinking is that as closely as these horses figure--thisclose--and with so many on positive lines, I wont be accepting a short price. And that Smooth Air has the best upset chance.