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2014 Gulfstream Handicap

Gulfstream Handicap at Gulfstream Park

Falling SkyLet’s preview the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap for four year olds and upward going a distance of one mile for a purse of  $250,000. The morning line favorite for this one is Todd Pletcher’s Palace Malice. He is coming off of a sixth place finish in the Breeders Cup Classic in November. Before that he was involved in some heated Grade 1 battles with the likes of Will Take Charge, Orb, and Oxbow. He has been working fairly well for his return to the races, but will not be getting the services of Mike Smith who is at Santa Anita, but will have John Velazquez in the irons. Second choice in the ML is George Weaver’s Falling Sky. Falling Sky is coming off of a five length romp in the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint. He will be ridden by Elvis Trujillo instead of regular pilot Luis Saez who is also at Santa Anita today. His running style is pretty straight forward- get out of the gate and go.

ItsmyluckydayThird choice in the morning line is Edward Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday. He is coming off an injury sustained in the Grade 3 Pegasus at Monmouth Park in June of last year where he pulled up and was vanned off. He has somewhat of a stalker mentality and has been working very well indeed for his return to the races. He will be ridden today by Paco Lopez. This is a pretty tough race with several big name horses from the previous year entered. I believe that Falling Sky is coming into this race very fit and very dangerous and is able to go wire to wire. And I believe he will do just that, especially noting that the Gulfstream strip has been favoring speed lately. I believe that Itsmyluckyday will come up just short in this one and finish second and Palace Malice will finish third. So that is the way I see it and I wish you all success!

 

 

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