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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, December 17, 2021 – Maybe tomorrow should be considered the opening of Gulfstream’s Championship Meet. Another way to say that is the South Florida racetrack has our undivided attention.

There are five stakes on the program in all, four graded, and two which are intended as a bridge races to bigger and better challenges later in the meet. The ladies will go in the G3 Sugar Swirl for sprinters, the other being the Suwannee River going father.

The two that will attract the most attention are the G3 Harlan’s Holiday, a one-mile prep for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, and the always competitive and interesting G2 Ft. Lauderdale on grass, intended to get some of its players to the Pegasus World Cup Turf.

However, we will not ignore our favorite rotation of betting venues. There’s a grid here for an allowance turf route at Tampa Bay, two Value Plays for a pair of $500,000 races from the New York Sires Series, one each for males and females, and grids for the Gulfstream main events.


Preliminary Allowances,     Race 8

[For analysis, see Tampa Bay Today Video upper right on homepage]

THE BET: Taking World Tour to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with forward-looking Amortization (6-1) and the fast-figure C’est Mardi (9-2). Additionally, you should consider adding Wicked Groove (5-1) should she draw in from the Also-Eligibles.



New York Stallion Series (males)       Race 6

THE BET:  Kenner (6-1) to win at 4-1 or greater.

New York Stallion Series  (females)  Race 8

THE BETHowdyoumakeurmoney (3-1) to win at 5-2 or greater. Exacta box with Morning Matcha (8-5)



G3 Suwannee River    Race 5

THE BETSummering (8-1)to win at 6-1 or greater.  Exacta key boxes with Shifty She (3-1) and Alms (4-1)

Rampart Stakes       Race 6

THE BET:  Dream Marie (9-5) to win at 8-5 or greater.  Exacta key boxes with Don’t Get Khozy (6-1) and Dance d’Oro (7-2)

G3 Harlan’s Holiday      Race 9

THE BET: Fearless (8-5) to win at 6-5 or greater. Quinella key with Mighty Heart and Eye of a Jedi (8-1).

G2 Ft. Lauderdale      Race 10

THE BET:  Space Traveller (3-1) to win at 5-2 or greater.  Exacta key boxes with Analyze It (4-1) and  L’Imperator (5-2). Adding Doswell (6-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Suggested plays always at available minimums, except straight plays at $2 level.

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