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‘GOING GULFSTREAM’ OCT. 22

The Gulfstream Friday feature is a good one, a secondary allowances at a flat mile, and the dynamics are such that even in a seven horse field, it looms interesting because of the race shape and the state of condition–or lack thereof–of a major player.

The first thing we look for is pace and post position, which can provide a natural bias given the specific dynamics.

And that just might mean the difference between victory and defeat for Thisismytime, who also has an ability to stalk from close range which could be the case here.

Kathleen O’Connell, who is profitable with allowance runners over a very productive career, is using the identical stretch-out tactics that led to two victories over the last two years.

The four-year-old is coming off a sharp effort, chasing a hot pace throughout but held very gamely to save a share. Check out the Sheer Drama at Gulfstream Park, SEP 11, Race 11.

Chantal Sutherland is taking a return call and we anticipate she will get her filly to relax before breaking the race open at headstretch. Her quiet hands and sense of timing fits this situation snugly.

We’re taking Thisismytime (5-2) straight at early line odds or greater, and a quinella part wheel with Tonalist’s Shape, (3-1) the “best filly” on her early 2020 form which we haven’t seen since then but now working fast with the re-addition of blinkers, and Helping Lisa D (10-1), improving and the longer of the Dwoskin uncoupled entry.

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