Saturday, December 3, 2016

Claiming Crown Notebook

The dirt track is listed as fast and the turf is  listed as firm for today's opening day/Claiming Crown card at Gulfstream Park.

First post is 12:00 p.m, for the 11-race card. Five races, including four Claiming Crown races, are scheduled for turf.

The Weather Channel forecast is for a zero percent Chance of rain and temperatures in  the mid 70s in Hallandale Beach. 

That indicates Gulfstream will surpass last year's opening day/Claiming Crown handle of $10,118,474.

On Dec. 15, 2015--also a Saturday--rain  forced Gulfstream to move four its five "scheduled for turf" races to the dirt track.  That track was sealed, and was downgraded from good to sloppy during the afternoon.

Gulfstream has refurbished its 180-foot wide turf course during the last two months when South Florida racing was at Calder for the Gulfstream Park West meet.
The course has 12 lanes, and Gulfstream often changes the rails  overnight.

Gulfstream has not run any turf races inside 96 feet since mid May, said the track's  general manager P.J. Campo.

Today, there  is no temporary rail for the first. eighth and 11th races. The rail is at 72 feet for the third and eighth races.
Within several days, bettors should have indications on how the so-called inner  turf and outer turf courses are playing.
--Jim Freer


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