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It might not quite be the Jim Dandy but we sincerely hope that Gulfstream’s featured Bears Den Stakes portends the future of stakes racing on Tapeta Track in Hallandale.

It has drawn 10 solid three-year-olds, many closely matched, making for an interesting betting race as post time approaches late Saturday afternoon. Literally, half this field can win with many on forward lines.

We needed video to separate this group–as we always do–and invite you to watch the victory of Venezuelan Triumph (6-1) over optional claimers at the state-bred level.

We were sufficiently impressed, as apparently trainer Victor Barboza was, entering him back in open company at the stakes level. We believe his early pace advantage is what separates the contenders here.

Check out his run on the Going Gulfstream Video section on our homepage: July 9, Race 9, to see if you agree.

The pace was very solid but Miguel Vasquez stalked comfortable throughout at 1 mile 70 yards. The added ground should suit speed types, especially those like the Barboza runner who is 2-for-3 on the All Weather.

Taking value offered on Venezuelan Triumph at 9-1 or greater and keying him in trifectas with California Frolic (3-1), Grand David (7-2) and price shot Father Glado (12-1).

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