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GOING GULFSTREAM, Race 7

There’s a price shot worth a serious look in Thursday’s featured seventh as we go Gulfstream once again. And 10-1 on the early line is always worth at least a look and you won’t need not look very far: GP, August 13, Race 8.

Your favorite video source will show you that Gangly had very little chance last time out going 6-1/2 furlongs.

Slightly out of hand when he reared up slightly leaving the gate, he came down a little awkwardly and bobbled for several strides. His problems were just beginning.

Breaking from slip 6 of six in which the winner dominated and galloped, then came back to win next out. While the winner was drawing out, Gangly was wide, wider and widest, attempting to rally at exactly the wrong place in a sprint at Gulfstream Park.

That was an optional $25,000 claiming allowances and here’s the same race back with the price cut in half and was scratched from a recent two-turner at that level in favor of turning back to what appears his optimal distance and proper grade.

Christian Torres is riding back for the third time and did win in his first ride aboard the four year-old for Bob Hess Jr. who has twins last since last fall’s claim. He can lay close enough and has some good late pop occasionally. I’m willing to pay to find out.

Taking Gangly to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Vinny Van Go (7-2) and Star Juancho (3-1).

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