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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


We begin the ‘Going Gulfstream’ week with a trappy sprint replete with nice horses, any of which capable of raising their game. There are seven horses in here, including an uncoupled entry, a significant trainer change, with other live outfits they can play out any number of ways.

Given that this is a four “or” conditions event, knowing where these horses fit exactly is the vexing question. The only betting path forward is a reliance on Handicapper 101 variables; race shape, trips, speed figures, etc. Today’s lesson, hopefully, is pace does make the race.

That, and other variables, lead us to Loriloupies (3-1). Her pace figures are consistently faster than the group, and they need to be given her rail draw and the pressure likely to come. And if that heat does come, her uncoupled mate, Merseyside (7-2) would be the beneficiary.

Then so would it help several of her rivals.

But she clearly was the best filly when beating weaker last out, check out the replay for Gulfstream Park, SEP 16, Race 5, and judge for yourself. As a late developing 4-year-old, there likely is more where that came from.

Loriloupies proved clearly best, beating only four rivals, although the runnerup did come back to win her next start.

We like the filly’s confident class rise–providing she’s not meant to be more than just a prompter for her stablemate–she’s 63 days fresh, has worked steadily, and fast, for this spot.

Edgard Zayas takes the return call from the resurgent Saffie Joseph outfit.

Taking Loriloupies to win at 5-2 or greater, and keying her first and second in trifectas with turnback Starship Nala (4-1), first-time David Carlos Quinoa Tifah with Paco (8-1), and synth-prepped quick turn-around Compensate (9-2).

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