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And the headline has it all as Catharsis checks all the boxes in Wednesday’s feature at Gulfstream Park: Horse for Course? Check, (9) 4-2-1. Horse for Distance? Check: (13) 5-3-2 . Style and position? Check again, he can do it from on or near the pace, drawn in post #2.

Further, Luis Ramirez is a profitable 25% first time off the claim and it appears Michael Dubb is thinking about South Florida ocean breezes, opposed to howling winds of Jamaica Bay.

Ramirez tapped Victor Lebron for assignments twice recently, one resulting in victor(y). Catharsis is the 5-2 early line favorite and probably lower at post time.

Taking Catharsis to win, no price restrictions, and will key with strong contenders, specialist Awsum Roar (4-1) and the quick Sugar Bolt (7-2) with talented apprentice Christian Torrez.

YESTERDAY: Laurel Horse to Watch Saar’s Image was terrible on the off track, never lifting a hoof. But the personal rule is we follow for three starts or until it wins, whatever comes first.

Frankly, her performance did not provide any confidence that she’s not gone the wrong way. I hope one of those next two starts are on turf, highly unlikely since Laurel’s turf season is over; we’ll be checking the entries; there’s always Tampa Bay or Gulfstream, right?

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