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GOING GULFSTREAM SUNDAY

Performance-figures handicappers know how open the featured Gulfstream sprint comes up here as the major contenders all ran the approximate same figure in their last races and they return on relatively short rest off career or near-career performances.

The video tells a bit of a different story even if some nuance is required in the interpretation. So on company lines, level of competition, race shape, outside draw, running style, and with Samy Camacho in the boot, Playera (7-2) rates an edge. The trip to see is Gulfstream, AUG 29, RACE 3.

The trip was a little bit tougher than it looked. While she saved ground, she was in chase mode throughout, tipped out to go after the leader but the rival on her immediate ran hemmed her in, forcing the filly to bull her way to the lead. It even appeared for a brief moment that the outside filly was considering savaging her rival. That’s conjecture.

But the fact is she never switched over to her correct right lead when the running started a furlong out and still was able–albeit under driving pressure–to increase her margin. Playera appears very well spotted at this level so that a repeat of her last out effort should enable a repeat score.

Betting Playera straight at 3-1 or greater, and key-boxing trifectas with Causingahulbaloo (6-1), Alluramore (9-2) and Fru Fru Zan (4-1).

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