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GOING GULFSTREAM – FEB 9

One of the more interesting on the card that begins the Gulfstream race week is a maiden allowances going one mile and 70 yards for three year old fillies on Tapeta track.

It’s understandable to understand why Oakhurst (3-1) is the early favorite raced very well in both good-figure starts at 2. Chad Brown names Irad Ortiz, adds first Lasix and is historically effective going turf to synth.

Adelie (9-2) just missed making two turn debut after adding blinkers on condition-building Tampa turf. Filly has had six subsequent works over the deeper Payson surface and Christophe Clement adds Lasix and Tyler here.

But it is Ojeleye (6-1) that is the most interesting for its potential for excellent value. The filly pressured the pace thought her debut, going two turns also on the Oldsmar lawn before, understandably, tiring in the lane.

Bred to go long on the bottom side of her pedigree, Exaggerator has a proven record as a synth sire. Also working purposefully in Indiantown, the switch to Jose Ortiz augurs well, especially knowing that Jonathan Thomas if profitable 28% with second-time starters and also having great success with ship-ins.

Expecting notable improvement, we’re taking Ojeleye straight at 9-2 or greater and keying her in the quinella with both rivals named above.

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