The feature in Hallandale is an optional allowances that has drawn a full field of sprinter going five furlongs on turf and there are a couple of price shots that catch they eye.
First, we acknowledge that Agent Peter Graves (5-2) is the proper favorite.
After taking over this summer, Bell Mott’s charge suffered through a tough trip at Keeneland coming off a layup then was raised in class into stakes company for his Gulfstream debut at today’s trip was a solid third after having some issues at the gate.
Check out Gulfstream Park, DEC 24, Race 8 and judge for yourself. This is his proper current level and if anyone is riding better than Junior Alvarado is SoFla right now, I’d like to know who it is.
Having said this, we’re going to try a couple of price shots to complete exactas. Trainer Christopher Davis does some of his best work with Jose Ortiz in the boot and going from synth to turf. Both are the case here for the pole sitting City Drifter (10-1).
Meanwhile, Chess Master (15-1)ships south from Tampa turning back into a sprint following a lead-and-fade performance in Oldsmar 11 days ago, Kerri Raven knowing that the gelded 7YO has won 11 starts at this trip in his career.
Raven is a profitable 19% effective in LAY-3 scenarios. Veteran Jose Ferrer, a turf race, ships down for the assignment.
We’re making an exacta box using all three and will take either of the price shots to win, price dependent, a game time decision.