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‘GOING GULFSTREAM’-DEC 26

Sunday’s turf feature for males is the Tropical Park Derby and we’re never surprised when Todd Pletcher finds the next logical and correct stakes spot for one of his charges.

So we won’t be surprised when Never Surprised (8-5) reports home first but will be shocked if the early-line odds will be available ante post. Then that’s why the Deity created the exacta.

Since finishing second on this course last January, something went amiss apparently and the Constitution colt didn’t reappear until SEP 4 at Saratoga, and then Belmont in late October.

The problem is that he ran into the streaking Public Sector. But he did managed to beat all the other runners lined up against that Chad Brown terror.

Once he got away from the rival, at Aqueduct, NOV 26, Race 8, it was a different story as he sent his rivals on a merry chase before reaching the line 6-1/4 lengths in front. It was a huge performance; check the video to see if you agree.

Drawn inside and picking up aggressive Luis Saez is guaranteed to make him a very rough customer here. Perhaps you can beat him with another; we can’t.

Taking Never Surprised to win, with no price restrictions. See our featured stakes column on Sunday for our value play in the exacta. Additionally, expect coverage for Tampa Bay Downs and the biggest events on opening day from Santa Anita

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