Three recommended wagers for today's card at Gulfstream Park from our new handicapper John DaSilva.
RACE 1 – PICK: #11 More Diamonds (7-2 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
After finishing second versus cheaper while going longer in his second start for Fernando Abreu, More Diamonds now makes her turf debut. On paper there looks to be plenty of speed, but those horses have not been able to last. If More Diamonds can run like she did last time out, then she should wire the field under the control of Edgar Prado. Breaking from an outside post versus these in this five furlong affair helps her chances to clear the field on her way to victory.
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RACE 6 – PICK #1 Miz Chaplin (8-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
After a troubled start, Miz Chaplin rushed up to battle for the early lead before tiring when dropped to this $8,000 non winners of three lifetime level. She gets a positive jockey switch to Samy Camacho and cuts back in distance while drawing the rail. She did wire the field as the favorite three back while going six furlongs. In the previous start to that win, she did show the ability to stalk the pace as she broke her maiden impressively as the favorite going five and a half furlongs, which is the distance of today’s race. That versatility will help her in this spot because there is plenty of horses that can battle for the early lead. Having a veteran like Camacho, who was second at the recently concluded Tampa Bay Downs meet, helps her chances as well.
RACE 7 – PICK #1 Over the Channel (5-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Despite hitting the gate and having a troubled trip, Over the Channel had the lead in the stretch before finishing second by a neck while going shorter. She had finished second at this distance and level in her previous start. Emisael Jaramillo was aboard for both of those starts for veteran conditioned David Fawkes and he retains the mount here. Over the Channel has been worse than second only once in his career on turf, having three career victories on grass. There should be enough pace in the race for Over the Channel to close into and gain the victory.