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GOING GULFSTREAM – OCT 2

If you like the surface, Tapeta track is the great equalizer. You don’t get the big form swings as you often experience on the main dirt track; the figures always seem to marry performances together.

And that’s what makes today’s featured look at Gulfstream Park so competitive. Nine horses were entered in this 5.5 furlong optional allowances overnight and more than half this field–five of them–could easily win this.

That’s why, per usual, we’ll lean on the video evidence. Check out GULFSTREAM, AUG 27, Race 8 and see if you agree that Exchange Day (6-1) deserves another chance here.

Trouble began right from the start when the rider was forced to steady, costing the gelded 4-year-old good early position. Consequently, he had to take the wide path on the turn, forcing him to race five wide in the lane.

But instead of tiring, he got stronger at the finish, fourth but beaten a respectable length and a half. Returning in five weeks for Eddie Plesa Jr–who’s horses have been very live recently and is sticking with Kevin Krigger, the team winning at a 24% rate.

Exchange Day’s lack of an AW win should ensure very square odds. Taking Exchange Day to win at 6-1 or greater and quinella box with sharp speedster Full Disclosure (7-2) and the improved Bee By the Sea (6-1).

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