The Gulfstream Park Sprint, Pace Makes the Race

A field of 7 are scheduled to go to post for the 9th race on the card Saturday at Gulfstream Park, The Gulfstream Park Sprint.

On paper there looks to be plenty of speed and pace, and we all know the old saying, pace makes the race. If that holds true here, I like a horse who I believe can sit the winning type of trip even on the speed friendly Gulfstream Park track.

Scaramouche has never run at Gulfstream before, but he is well traveled and seems to fire regardless of where he is. He will break from the rail under Paco and should sit a cozy rail trip just behind the speed. He has shown the ability to sit and win before and I believe he is in the right spot here with the right set up. The 6-1 morning line is fair in my view, and I hope I get something close to that.

Super Ocho has some lofty Beyer figures, comes off some big races and has speed. He will take some money but not mine. He ran a good race in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, so he has some quality but the pace scenario as I see it works against him.

Doc Amster is eligible to go forward with one back under his belt and can also get the right kind of trip, but I am no believer here. His better races are when he shows speed and I think he will be too close to the front to do his best work.

Cajun’s Magic looks up against it here. He is a pass for me.

Uncle Ernie is another who I think will be compromised by the pace and race flow.

Lightning Larry can win this if Morelos stays patient and sits a trip. He may but I think Paco will get him with Scaramouche.

Candy Man Rocket will be the favorite. He also likes to be near the lead, but he can also sit and is well drawn. He is legit and Junior is smart and will put him in position, but I’ll take a shot to beat him with the horse on the rail.

Hopefully things get cooking up front and they go fast enough early to set up Paco and Scaramouche. On paper it can certainly play out that way. Enjoy the races and win the photos. Ciao for now!


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Jon Stettin

Since childhood, Jon has always had a deep love and respect for the Sport of Kings. His years of experience have earned him a well respected spot in the industry as a handicapper. He now is a frequent contributor to AmWager as well as writing for his own site.

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