The Gulfstream feature to conclude the racing week is a rare NW2/optional claimer and it showcases two horses making their debuts for top outfits, both hailing from South America.
O’Connor (7-2) was last seen in her native Chile, placing and winning in Group 1 company there. While her last start was in late spring, she’s been working since July at Palm Meadows for Saffie Joseph Jr., several of the bullet variety.
But Octane is back, last year’s Florida-bred champion, if his most recent win is the measure–and it is.
What we noted in the replay is that the speedster was amenable to rating, did so under a confident drive, swung outside to challenge at headstretch, then dug down to nail the odds-on favorite at the wire.
That was sprinting, and today the trip is a two-turn 1-1/16 miles, but his done that before, winning the In Reality to nail down his Florida title.
That win came stretching out off three sprints, a pattern repeated here, and with the maturity shown last out, we believe he will make the transition again.
Check out his last to see if you agree, GULFSTREAM PARK, SEP 17, Race 10.
We’re a believer and will take Octane to win with no price restrictions and a quinella with O’Connor.