With over a half million dollars waiting to be swept up at the end of the Gulfstream Rainbow, Friday’s eighth race presents a real dilemma: How does one class up these mix of claiming state-breds coming from every conceivable direction.
It just might be we’re overthinking this and the speed and drop into Florida-bred company is enough to keep Alecka Star (4-1) undefeated in two starts, especially considering Michael Yates is a profitable 26% with runners returning from a maiden win.
And the run was impressive: Check out Gulfstream Park, SEP 23, Race 3. She dominated on the day. But why the 141-day layup?
Conversely, we know with some certitude what we’re going to get from American Of Course (3-1). We’re getting a two-time surface winner getting what she needs, more ground.
We’re also getting Kathleen O’Connell doing the things she does best: LAY-3 returnees, notably allowance types, profitable in both instances, and we get Tyler Gaffalione sticking despite the recent poor effort.
Further, that recent disappointment checks another box for the trainer, a gaudy 26% effective with beaten favorites. We’re betting that experience counts in this matchup.
Taking American Of Course to win at 5-2 or greater and quinellas with Alecka Star and price shot Patrick’s Lass (8-1) for Angel Rodriguez who excels with second-time starters in his barn and working a bullet for her return to the level of claim.