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GOING GULFSTREAM – FEB 20

The Rainbow 6 that ends the week is a very contentious turf route from top outfits despite a relatively small field. A playable price seems assured in this spot.

On first pass we considered five entrants but after a look at performance figures and the Going Gulfstream video we narrowed it down and has settled on the most interesting, Mannix (9-2).

After three runs in Ireland including the first two in which the winners came back to repeat, Mannix made its first start for new trainer Mark Casse and won its U.S. debut on the Tapeta in comprehensive fashion.

Following that, Casse sent his runner to Fair Grounds for a turf spot which was rained off. Mannix was no factor after early trouble. Now back to Gulfstream, back to turf, and back to winning rider Edwin Gonzalez, who had big So Fla Saturday and profitable on turf and when partnered with Casse.

Going second Lasix her, an 18% proposition for these connections, think of her as a first starter on firm turf but one with experience. A repeat of her synthetic effort takes this at a fair price.

Taking Mannix to win at 7-2 or greater and quinellas with late running Rocket One (10-1) getting first Lasix and new gelding Be Like Clint (6-1), going first time for Brendan Walsh with first Lasix.

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