A Pot of Gold for Nicoletti, Courtney and Blewitt
Feb 9, 2018
Handicapping Saturday’s Gulfstream Guarantees
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– With Gulfstream Park offering guarantees Saturday on the its Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Late Pick 4 – sequences that include the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) and $150,000 Suwannee River (G3) - hosts and analysts Ron Nicoletti, Acacia Courtney and Jason Blewitt preview their tickets for another big day of racing.
Ron Nicoletti on the $750,000 Rainbow 6
Using three in the opener. ORBED stretches out to a mile and a sixteenth. SLOT will break from an ultra-tough outside post (13) after a solid sophomore debut in which he finished second. HE TAKES CHARGE finished an improved third behind Slot last out. I also went three deep in second leg with longshot Admiral’s Cove, dropdown Miles of Humor, and Harlan’s Hunch, for the hot Danny Gargan barn. I’m using two horses in the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf. MONEY MULTIPLIER, who won the Monmouth (G2) at the distance, turns back after ending his 2017 campaign with a late-closing fourth in the Red Smith Handicap (G3). Trainer Chad Brown has Javier Castellano looking to sit the ‘trip’ behind the speed, which surely includes HEART TO HEART. The speedy son of English Channel breaks from the rail, and is reunited with jockey Julien Leparoux, after losing his best chance when he reared at the start and was forced to sit behind the pace in the Fort Lauderdale (G2). I’m using three horses in the very competitive Suwannee River (G3). DREAM DANCING is stretching out after returning to run second in the mile and a sixteenth Marshua’s River (G3). KITTEN’S ROAR is making her local return after a stellar 2017 campaign in which she was second in the E P Taylor (G1), and won the Goldikova (G2) at Del Mar. ELYSEA’S WORLD is making her local return after a frustrating 2017 campaign in which she amassed a 9-0-4-2 record, including the narrow defeat in the Frankel (G3) at Santa Anita in her last. Also using three in in the next leg. With POWER OF ATTORNEY, MOJOVATION who proved he could handle the turf last out, and CEEVEE, who breaks from the rail with that always-dangerous commodity – speed. Only using two in the finale with best bet LAYTHATPISTOLDOWN, and saver CONQUEST SANDMAN.
Cost - $64.60
Acacia Courtney on the $300,000 Late Pick 4
The 50 cent Late Pick 4, with a $300,000 guaranteed pool, starts in style with the Gulfstream Park Turf (G1). HEART TO HEART, with four wins at Gulfstream from six starts, is a must-use, but will have to deal with other speed types. As a result, I’ll also use closers MONEY MULTIPLIER and CHANNEL MAKER, both of whom have recently been facing top graded stakes competition. The Suwannee River (G3) is next in the sequence, and I wanted coverage here. ULTRA BRAT and DREAM DANCING will renew their rivalry from their last meeting in the Marshua’s River (G3), but I’m very interested in ELYSEA’S WORLD, who has a good record at this track. I’ll also use the classy KITTEN’S ROAR from the outside post. I’m just using two horses in each of the final legs, with MOJOVATION and POWER OF ATTORNEY in Race 11, both coming out of the Kitten’s Joy, and LAYTHATPISTOLDOWN and CONQUEST SANDMAN in the finale, giving me coverage from top barns and riders to close out the day.
Cost – $24
Jason Blewitt on the $400,000 Lake Pick 5
Love these mega-money guaranteed Late Pick 5s this time of year at Gulfstream Park. Saturday’s sequence is a good one, led by the Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) and Suwannee River (G3). I’m using two to start in race 8, the first-time-tagged Robusto for leading trainer Todd Pletcher and fresh Danny Gargan claim, Harlan’s Hunch. Then it’s three-deep in the GP Turf – the second of three Grade 1s this meet – with Heart to Heart (no shot last time after a disastrous start) Hi Happy (first-time Pletcher) and Money Multiplier. I like Money Multiplier the most and it really is incredible looking at the career he has had for trainer Chad Brown; this is a tough veteran who just goes out there and runs hard. Speaking of Chad, I’m using his Elysea’s World in the Suwannee River along with major stakes winners Kitten’s Roar and Dream Dancing. Saturday’s single belongs to Power of Attorney in race 10. I’m giving him one more chance off a narrow seventh-place finish (I’m serious!) in a weirdly run Kitten’s Joy last month. And I’ll be lining up at the window to cash (I’ll be happy to save you a spot in line) with Laythatpistoldown and Conquest Sandman in race 12. Best of luck!
Cost - $18