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Red-hot Lou Monaco looks to continue his good form at Gulfstream Park today

We were going to head back to Aqueduct today, but with the cancellation of yesterday’s card and the threat of rain/sleet in today’s forecast, we will stay put here at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida for a $47,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds and up (F&M) over seven furlongs on the dirt.

The field of 6 will go to gate for race 7 on the 10-race card with an approximate post time of 3:30 p.m. ET.

#6, Concerned, Luis Saez, 3-1

Concerned has finished in the money in three career starts this year (1-0-2), including her second straight third-place finish in her last start, an allowance race at Aqueduct on Nov. 15. She won her debut in a maiden special weight race by 5 ¾ lengths at Belmont Park on June 23. Luis Saez gets the nod in the saddle for trainer Mark Hennig, the third straight jockey change in as many starts. This is a tight field with a strong contingent and am going to take a shot with the third choice morning-line favorite. The pick.

#4, Gorgeous in Rags, Irad Ortiz, Jr., 9-2

This will be her 10th career start today (1-2-1) and ninth this year. She has finished in the money in three of her last four races, including a runner-up finish in her last by two lengths, an allowance race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 16. This will be her second career start at Gulfstream Park since a sixth-place finish in a maiden special weight race on March 21. Her lone win was in a maiden special weight race by a solid four lengths at Ellis Park on Aug. 3. Irad Ortiz, Jr. is in the saddle for trainer Brendan Walsh with solid odds to take a shot on, especially with Irad in the mount. Runner-up.

#3, Nonna Madeline, John Velazquez, 5-2

The second-choice, morning-line favorite is coming off a 14-plus month layoff, after racing in three straight graded stakes races in 2018, including back-to-back fifth-place finishes in two straight Grade 1s: Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park (10/7/18) and Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga (9/1/18). She has been working well leading up to this however and with John Velazquez aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher, you can’t go wrong. Contender.

#5, Bella Tormenta, Emisael Jaramillo, 2-1

The morning-line favorite will be making her seventh career start (2-3-1), all at Gulfstream Park. In her last start, she finished runner-up for the second straight time in an allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park West on Oct. 2. Emisael Jaramillo gets the call for the morning-line favorite for trainer Jorge Navarro. In the mix.

PICKS: 6-4-3-5


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