Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gurffstream: A Look at the Turf

Turf Racing is back in the spotlight at Gulfstream Park today, and we'll  be among those trying to spot some trends.

Is speed holding up? What about post positions?  Any differences  in how races shape up on the inner and outer rails?  How are the year-round South Florida horses faring against the tough invaders from the north? Which snowbird trainers appear to have horses  cranked  up for early meet turf racing?

The  recent heavy rains are  history. For the second  day  in a row the course is listed  as firm (finally).

Today, there are four remaining turf races--two at 7 1/2 furlongs and two at one mile.  All  have  12 entrants. These races attract large betting pools and they are the bread and butter of Gulfstream's championship  meet.

We'll  be watching the fifth, loping to get a few lessons.
Then we will handicap the day's last three races.
--Jim Freer

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