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We begin with the ‘Going Gulfstream” feature this week with the fourth race on the Thursday program for optional claiming allowances sprinting 5 furlongs on the Tapeta footings.

As this is a specialized surface, it makes sense to shade horses with experience on it, preferable successful ones, and two here are coming off winning efforts.

Favorite Palomita (2-1) will be a tough out based on his sprint win here as he led throughout which, on balance, is anti-surface profile with closers winning a majority of the Tapeta events.

Trainer David Fawkes has been living on this surface, going 8-for-18 here since the synthetic track was opened. Emisael Jaramillo has proven a successful partner with this outfit recently.

The question is the class rise from $25,000-optional claimers to today’s $62,500 level and the fact that the five year old mare may be meeting early pace pressure in this lineup.

That could, and should, come from the Mark Casse trainee, All Quality (7-2), who is turning back to meet the challenge. Early speed turning back into sprints from barns historically successful with that tack is always advised.

And that effort was first race: Find the video for Gulfstream Park, OCT 3, Race 8 to see if you agree.. Casse has been having much success recently with talented young, aggressive Edwin Gonzalez, who is taking a return call here.

Further, he won at this level last out and should have little difficulty applying pressure, depending on the break, of course. We will pay to find out.

Taking All Quality straight at 5-2 or greater and a quinella with the favorite.

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