PICKS: 1-3-4-5 (Race 6 at Gulfstream Park)
We visit Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida this afternoon and will focus on a $62,500 allowance optional claiming race (purse: $52,000) for 4-year-olds and up fillies and mares over one mile on the dirt. The short field of 5 will go to gate for race 6 on the 10-race card with an approximate post time of 3:33 p.m. ET.
#1, Bold Script, John Velazquez, 7-2 - The third choice today is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Ontario Damsel Stakes at Woodbine on Sept. 22. Her last five starts have all been at Woodbine after a fifth-place finish here in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on March 2. This will be her second start at Gulfstream Park. Prior to her last start, she posted three straight runner-up finishes at Woodbine. I like that she is making the trip down after an almost five-month layoff and with John Velazquez aboard for trainer Stuart Simon, I like even better that she can pull a surprise. The pick.
#3, Cuddle Kitten, Tyler Gaffalione, 9-5 - The crafty veteran will be making her 41st career start (9-6-8) and has finished in-the-money in her last nine straight starts (5-2-2). She will be making her third straight start here after a third-place finish in the Claiming Crown Glass Slipper Stakes (12/7) and a runner-up finish in her last on Jan. 16. Tyler Gaffalione is in the saddle for trainer Jorge Navarro. You know she will be there at the end. Runner-up.
#4, Lady Kate, Jose Ortiz, 8-5 - She comes off an impressive 7 ½-length win as the second choice in an allowance optional claiming race here on Jan. 15. This will be her third career start at Gulfstream (2-0-0), where she also won her debut in a maiden special weight race on Jan. 12, 2019. Jose Ortiz gets the call once again for trainer Eddie Kenneally. She will definitely be tough to beat, especially since it appears she likes the venue. Contender.
#5, Knarsdale, Julien Leparoux, 6-1 - She is 2-2-2 in 10 career starts and is coming off a third-place finish in the Safely Kept Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sept. 1. The layoff is long, but she does have a runner-up finish in an allowance optional claiming race in her lone start here on March 20. Julien Leparoux gets the mount for trainer Rodolphe Brisset. In the mix.
By Lou Monaco