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GOING GULFSTREAM – DEC 22

With rain excluded from the forecast the next two days, the hope is Thursday’s eighth race turf sprint remains on the green.

There is no shortage of early zip or tactical speed signed on to this highly competitive–situation normal– five-furlong dash, the table seems set for a tactical runner with pop. Enter Dr. Duke (10-1).

When last seen, Dr. Duke was a very willing third in Parx’s Grade 3 Turf Monster. He had an ideal rail-sitting trip on that occasion, dynamics that appear in his favor from post 4 with two very fast horses to his inside.

We’re thinking that Edwin Gonzalez is thinking, break running, drop over a sit, the tactics used in Bensalem. See if for yourself: Parx, SEP 24, Race 9.

This hard-trying admitted has lots of seconds and thirds on his card but it will spotted this group and, as mentioned, prevailing dynamics help.

Both lifetime wins and placing have come at today’s trip and he likes it in Hallandale well enough; given a win and two exacta finishes in six tries. In any case, the reward will be commensurate with the risk.

Taking Dr. Duke to win at 6-1 or greater and key-boxing Dime Supers with pole sitting, Tyler-enhanced Detroit City (7-2), King Cab (6-1), fast working plus Paco, and Not Phar Now (6-1) with Orlando Noda tapping white hot Jose Ortiz, a profitable team, and price shot Roman Poet (15-1), reuniting with the Zerpa barn and returning to his debut-breaking surface.

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