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GOING GULFSTREAM – DEC 8

At first blush, bettors very likely will be interested in backing a newcomer here, given the dearth of good form in the juvenile fillies field of maiden sprinting five furlongs on turf.

On connections, both Tramontane (5-2) and Imaboutago (3-1) will attract play based on connections; the former for Team Clement/Irad, the latter, Team Ward/Paco.

If we were inclined to guess, the lean would be Tramontane off her Payson workline, although we’re not going to sleep on solid-working newcomer Karaya (10-1) for Mark Casse and Emisael Jaramillo at attractive early line odds.

Of those that have run Turf Rocket (6-1) is intriguing. She debuted in a Gulf turf stakes won by Crimson Advocate who won at Royal Ascot in her second start. She was surrounded by rivals virtually throughout.

In start two going a mile, she showed improved speed with a sharp, wide turn move going a mile before tiring at Del Mar. Start three was better.

Trailing madly for a half mile, she was wheeled out in the center of the Kentucky Downs course against a prevailing inside bias before finishing strongly, beaten four lengths when fifth in a 12-filly matchup. Education complete.

We’re gambling on Turf Rocket to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Karaya and Tamontane.

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