2014 Gulfstream Oaks

Gulfstream Oaks at Gulfstream

In TuneNow let’s preview the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks for three year old fillies going a distance of  11/8 miles for a purse of $300,000. The morning line favorite is Todd Pletcher’s In Tune. This filly is unbeaten in two starts but has not faced any legitimate graded stakes competition. So far her running style has been to get out of the gate first and lead it all the way to the wire. Whether she can do that here in the 11/8 mile test remains to be seen. Javier Castellano will be in the irons. Second choice in the ML is Allen Jerkins’ House Rules with Alex Solis aboard. She just finished second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes here at Gulfstream on February 22. It’s kind of hard to determine what running style she likes because she is lightly raced, however in the races where she made an honest effort to win she was right on the pace or outright leading.

Joint ReturnThird choice in the morning line is Dale Romans’ Whomping Willow. This filly is fresh off of a second place finish in the Any Limit Stakes here at Gulfstream. She will be ridden by Corey Lanerie. Her apparent running style is to lay as close as she can to the pace. She, however, has never gone past seven furlongs yet in her life. So here is the way I envision this race turning out. I am leaning towards a longshot in the race. Jon Servis’ Joint Return is coming off of a stakes win at 11/16 miles at Aqueduct. She has won three in a row and has never run less than a mile. I look for her to catch them down the stretch with William Mott’s America finishing second and Whomping Willow third. Happy Handicapping gals and guys!




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