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GOING GULFSTREAM – FEB 24

There may be sexier horses in Thursday’s fourth race that kicks off the Rainbow 6 but not one that is as dependable on form as Max K.O.

Not only is the Saffie Joseph Jr. six-year-old going synth to turf, a profitable angle for this barn, but he is returning to his favorite surface at his optimal distance, winning 3 of 7 starts with two money finishes.

Unprepared for the start of his last, compromising his chances [Gulfstream Park video, JAN 22, Race 4], he still rallied into contention at headstretch at an unsuitably longer trip and tired understandably.

The turnback, the class relief he gains dropping out of restricted stakes company, his versatile running style, buoyed by pole position and a switch to Tyler Gaffalione, a profitable Joseph teammate.

There appears to be enough speed to set a good-trip table.

Taking Max K.O. to win at 2-1 or greater, making quinellas with both Mike Maker entrants, Tilted Towers (4-1) and Order and Law (5-1), and will be adding Peter Walder claim Over the Channel (9-2) to the super-exotics mix.

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