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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Looking for a Championship Meet bankroll? Could it lie eight miles west of Gulfstream Park? Like all wishful thoughts, you must play if you want to get paid.

The racing office gathered many of the selling platers left in South Florida and cobbled them into the last six races of what’s known as the Fall Turf Festival Gulfstream Park West meet. Beware of the flying divots.

On balance, there are six inscrutable puzzles to solve. The good news is even if you’re not the sole selector of six straight winners, you still might be rewarded handsomely.

We’ve looked at the last six races on Sunday’s GPW card. We have some opinions that we’ve graded them into A, B and C categories. The cost depends on what your bankroll can bear?

Allowing for late scratches, which could change dynamics considerably, helping some or hurting the chances of the remaining field, our personal betting rule states that horses can move up or down only one class:

Thus, a “B” can become and “A” but a “C” can’t make the jump to “A.” Unless, of course, a late scratch makes a “C” contender the ‘Lone F’. With me so far? It’s handicapping and it’s always something; opinions evolve.

Glibness notwithstanding, we admit that we’re uncomfortable with any one horse to be considered a free square, an obvious single.

However, we think the best possible candidates are Eric the Salesman (5-2) in the 7th or, to a lesser extent, Tennessee Cotton (4-1) in the finale. The ninth race is one of those single or ALL scenarios.

There are 7-5, 3-5, and two 8-5 shots in races four, five, six and eight, respectively, that are a “must use.” But we don’t completely trust them and prefer more coverage in those spots.

Your bankroll, your decision:

RACE 4: (A) 2   (B) 3, 4

RACE 5: (A) 7, 8, 9   (B) 4 [50-1]   (C) 5

RACE 6: (A) 3, 5   (B) 6, 7

RACE 7: (A) 8   (B) 3, 10   (C) 1, 6

RACE 8: (A) 2   (B) 3, 4, 5, 9   (C) 1, 8

RACE 9: (A) 5   (B) 1, 7, 10   (C) 3, 9

If bettors were to combine all the A’s and B’s, the cost would be $432.00. Too rich for us.

If, however, I singled Eric the Salesman and Tennessee Cotton, the cost comes down to $48.00.

Bet money; win; celebrate.

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  1. Midas

    Thought, based on your headline, that I should mention that Gold for the King in the Aqueduct feature should be given serious consideration.

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