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GOING GULFSTREAM – DEC 1

Maiden claiming juvenile fillies have been chosen as the group to kick off the “new turf” era at Gulfstream Park. Here’s hoping they have more success than Churchill had with their not-so-new-anymore course.

The fillies who rate to attract the most play all are dropping into a claimer for the first time. While the Chad Brown entrant was awful in her debut.

There is no reason to believe she will improve enough off that run to be a factor here, leaving us with Run for Home (5-2) and Cleopatra’s Nile (9-5),

The former benefits from from trainer stats and a switch to Jose Ortiz; trainer Mark Casse is profitable with first-turf and first-route entrants but seems to be giving up awfully quickly on the $275K yearling.

This leaves us with early favorite who ran well despite a challenging trip when second in her key-race KD turf debut, followed up with a very-wide-chasing trip into a lively pace before tiring at Keeneland last out when taken care of by Joel Rosario in deep stretch.

Today, defending Championship Meet leading trainer Saffie Joseph tap oft-stable-rider Zayas and adds blinkers to the Ramsey-homebred filly.

We’re taking Cleopatra’s Nile to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exacta with Run for Home and Lets Go Koko (12-1) returning to the claiming rank in turf debut off a solid effort in recent Tapeta route.

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