By Joe Quillen
Thursday 1/25/24 – Gulfstream Race 8
We had back down I-75 and back over to Hallandale Beach for the eighth race at Gulfstream Park as eight three-year-old fillies will run five and a half furlongs on the Tapeta. Post time for the penultimate race of the day is approximately 3:39 pm ET.
I’ll start today with the 5 Pardy Pleaser (7/5 morning line favorite). She was outclassed in the mile and a sixteenth Florida Sire Stakes race last month on dirt and returns to synthetic and a sprint for this race. It’s possible she will be on the lead as I have no clue who will be going for the lead here.
Going with the favorite should be the 6 Sweet Miss (12/1 ML) and the 7 Special Affair (9/2 ML). I think that these two could be at the hip of the favorite in a tightly packed race as they go into the turn of this race.
The 8 Wisco Disco (5/1 ML) is an interesting option here. She won at this distance on the dirt at Horseshoe Indy at the beginning of November before being claimed ten days later at Churchill Downs. I would toss that last race. But what really makes this horse interesting is if you dig further, Wisco’s sire Take Charge Indy’s offspring have won 19% of their races (36 for 188) in synthetic sprint races. That may be some additional food for thought with this filly going to the Tapeta for the first time.
My pick in this race though is the 4 No Fake (8/1 ML). She broke her maiden last time out with a powerful kick to win last month at this same distance. If she has this same kick as last time out, she wins this, and I think she will.
My selections in this race are 4-8-5-7 and my play is $20 to win on the 4. Best of luck on your wagers!
Weekend results from last weekend at Fair Grounds
- Creative Cairo circled the field with a powerful move on the outside to win the Marie Krantz Stakes on the turf. My choice Unbridled Mary dropped back on the final turn and finished last.
- West Omaha powered past an overmatched field of three year old fillies to win the Silverbulletday Stakes, winning 20 points towards the Kentucky Oaks on May 3. My choice Miss Code West finished fourth.
- Strong Quality went gate to wire, holding off Beatbox to win the Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes, paying $3.80 to win. A $10 wager that was suggested by yours truly would be a $19 payout. My other selection in the pick 4, Who Took the Money was scratched.
- Pennsylvania Derby winner Saudi Crown return to the races was a winning one has he went gate to wire in an impressive Louisiana Stakes victory.
- Track Phantom is two for two in the Louisiana road to the Kentucky Derby after going gate to wire, impressively winning the Lecomte Stakes, earning 20 points toward a potential Run for the Roses on May 4. Track Phantom rewarded his bettors with a $4.80 win return, or $24 if you played $10 to win as I suggested in my article on Saturday.
- The pick 4 and pick 5 did not hit, and I know I am reading the races rather well when I go three out of four on the pick 4, and four out of five on the pick 5. The pick 4 ticket ended up costing $6 and the pick 5 costing $18 as Who Took the Money was scratched in the 11th race on the card.
Other updates from the Quills Picks Winners Update Desk
- Yesterday’s race at Tampa Bay Downs was a winning one as Ready to Fire showed that she could handle the 9 furlongs on the turf, as she outdueled heavy favorite Take Me to Jimmy to win Wednesday’s finale. Ready to Fly paid $8.60 to win, and if you took my wagering advice from yesterday’s article, you got $86 back.
- January has been a profitable month so far as we are quickly closing in on the end of the first month of 2024. I am 6 for 21 (28,57%) on win wagers, and 7 for 27 (25.92%) on all wagers, including that quirky place wager I had two weeks ago. I’m at a $384 profit so far in 2024.
- Jerome winner Drum Roll Please was injured in a training session last week at Aqueduct and has been taken off the Kentucky Derby trail. Owner Al Gold projects a summer return for him.
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