The Gulfstream Park racing week begins with a tricky, small-field state-bred allowances/optional claimer that launches the Late Pick 5.
Figures-wise, four of the six runners are the same horse so it comes down to trips, outfits, dynamics, strategy–the usual. But we’re sticking with a hot hand that might provide some value.
At 7-2 on the early line, Sir Ollie is the third choice on the opening quote and chances are the price will not be depressed too dramatically despite the hot connections.
Ampersand (5-2), who came to life at this level last out is the presumptive ante post choice due to the presence of Luis Saez. Tiger (3-1) earned his top Thoro-Graph figure at this trip so he will be in play for the live Carlos David barn that’s profitable with its turn-backs.
We’re expecting a new rider to replace recently suspended Irad Ortiz Jr. in New York unless he’s allowed to keep current commitments before the ban begins. Different strokes for different stakes.
Sir Ollie makes his first start for the white hot Joseph Saffie barn, teaming up with a regular partner, Edgard Zayas, and the new barn looks for quick returns off the layup. Joseph will want to prove he can get closer to the bottom of this 3-year-old that his previous handlers.
He’s been working rapidly recently and has been in steady training since October. His style style and outside draw in a small field should play to his strengths. Check out his 7F GP run here on JAN 27, Race 6; a repeat of that try wins this.
Taking Sir Ollie to win at 5-2 or greater and quinellas with Tiger and Man of Vision (4-1) who owns the fastest figures and stretches out to a mile for the first time for Peter Walder.