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GOING GULFSTREAM – DEC 15

As if the featured seventh at Gulfstream Park were not difficult enough to sort out, a classified allowances where conditions go four deep, extremely classy Colonel Liam (8-5), a multiple Grade 1 winner from the white hot Pletcher barn, is ready to pounce as he the first in off the also-eligible list with a late scratch.

He’d be making his first start since the Dubai World Cup last March, then again he’s 3-for-3 in Hallandale; your move.

With or without, this 7-1/2 furlong two-turner is a head scratcher in which we’d like to get paid if we are right, but isn’t it amazing how a Mark Casse–speaking of hot barns–trainee makes the third cut since he’s “not won a race since June 22.” His last win was only 13 days earlier.

Chuck Willis (5-2) won here off a lengthy layup APR 22, and is 2-for-2 at Gulfstream and at the trip. With Emisael Jaramillo will take some running down.

We’ll take any value offered on Skyro (10-1). The gelded Brendan Walsh four year old is making his second start off a brief freshening, also likes it here at (2) 1-1-0 and won here in January with Jose Ortiz. They are reuniting today.

Skyro’s tactical speed and favorable draw might enable a pocket or stalking victory, as was the case mentioned above. Check out Gulfstream Park, JAN 30, Race 10 then decide.

Going to use old class master Breaking the Rules (4-1), making his second start off the bench, and will benefit from likely favorable early fractions. Tyler picks up the assignment and the veteran blew out sharply on DEC 11 in preparation.

Making a three-horse exacta box with the three above, will key-box ‘Liam’ first and second in trifectas should he draw in and, in any case, we’re betting Skyro to win at 8-1 or greater.

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