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Friday’s Gulfstream feature is fairly inscrutable with lots of possible scenarios playing out in victory depending on the circumstances. We’ll be taking–for better or worse, given early line odds, Pens Street (8-5) in the NX2/Optional $62,500 going a flat mile.

I thought the best race you could see is her win here AUG 6, Race 9. It was a very gritty 2-length score; on top of pace throughout, apply mid-turn pressure to lead, separate from the field, and then pushed home vigorously by Miguel Vasquez.

The chart noted bumped start, but it was very minor.

After that, she shipped to Monmouth Park to face better off short rest and raced one-paced going two turns. But after near three month’s freshening, a return to winning dynamics, a bullet blowout and a switch Jose Morelos.

Don’t know a lot about the rider except he probably blew him out for the race and recently is 3-for-6 and another money finish for the Crichton barn.

Proper level and conditions, good hands going well and it’s worth a straight wager but would sure be more interested at 2-1 or more, unlikely to happen. So a standard straight wager and key-box exactas with Starship Nterprise (2-1) and uncoupled mate, Helping Lisa D (15-1).

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  1. Good Afternoon Racing Fans, I too am going Gulfstream Park following John’s lead, and am also adding an Elmont to Belmont wager. I turn another page today reaching a “younger than that now age” of 73. This benchmark event has me thinking today of both the HRI Editor in Chief, and his Verse Master Craftsman of the West, Indulto. The “degree of diminished age disparity” in our threeages has lessened more each year, with each of us now looking forward towards our golden horizons ahead and wishing for a few additional years of added overtime, Lol.

    Todays Bets: Going with John’s Gulfstream Race 8 KB, and also adding a DD using Broadway’s Penn St. with Hot Foot Susie in Race 9. Hot Foot Susie is a Florida bred filly debut runner who timed 10 1/5 at her OBS sale a few months back, and offers a new face at 6-1 ML odds. I am married to a Hot Foot Susie, and John over and over repeats “Got a hunch, bet a bunch.’ A Two Dollar Daily Double is hardly a bunch, but I suspect with all of the tarnished oats presented us within the sport of racing of late, my being frugal has no doubt only increased my longevity in the game. Lucky for me, I have just as much enjoyment betting two bucks as I do a twenty. When I wager for my two sons, or two gransdsons, then and only then, will I reach for the Jacksons. Funny how life works.

    In closing, what kind of birthday would it be with at least one wager at my home court in Elmont. At Belmont Park, just for the fun of it, I am wagering another two bucks on Race 6, #6 Judge Davis, at ML 6-1. That’s a lot of sixes. Kind of like another old racing hunches from my youth, when two bucks was really two bucks. Back in the 60’s and 70’s when reading Pricci’s take in Newsday, the paper was a nickel. Now in Metro NY, you are lucky to find a racing page, and most all newspaper are three bucks.

    Anyhoot, BP Race 6, horse #6, ML 6-1. That’s like wagering on “The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost.’ When is the last time you heard that one at the track? Too good of a hunch to pass on for me. Riders Up, and if I get beat, I hope it is someone reading this gibberish who nails me. And not to worry John Boy, should I catch a winning hand early, I am breaking out a Birthday Boy Jackson or two. Life is all about having some fun, and thanks to you and many others, I am doing just that.

  2. First, Happy Birthday McD, an HRI Faithful OG, albeit belatedly.

    Sorry I couldn’t provide anything in the way of gift.

    While Saturday’s stakes feature a few seemingly unbeatable favorites, the prepsters with the class edge don’t figure to be wound tightly but of course their class easily could carry the day.

    At my house, we celebrate birthday weeks, making today only Day 2. The happiest of happy returns!

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