Thursday, October 19, 2017

Galton the Pick in Gulfstream Feature

The  eighth and final race at GP West on Thursday is the feature race--at one mile on turf for  3-YO and up.

It has a $44,000 purse and a $62,500 optional  claiming price.

The course is listed as firm, after beginning the day as Good.

The race is down to nine starters  with the scratches of Blackjack  Baby (3), Durocher (5) and Hy Riverside (12).

Galton (7), the likely favorite is our pick to  win.

We like him in an exacta box with Blackout (2), My Point Exactly (8) and Blue  Harbor (9).

Galton (Michael  Maker, Jose  Valdivia Jr.)  finished second by a half-length  to  the highly regarded Galleon Mast in the one mile Mr.
Steele Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 30.

Blue Harbor (David Fawkes, Tyler Gaffalione) finished third in the Mr. Steele, four lengths behind Galton.  Blue Harbor has been improving, and with his connections we would not rule out a win today.

My Point Exactly ( Elizabeth Dobles,  Jesus Rios) faded and finished sixth in the Mr. Steele.  In his two prior races he finished second in turf stakes at Gulfstream.

Blackout (Mark Casse, Emisael  Jaramillo) has not raced in nine months.  But he has potential, based on a trf win at  Belmont Park and has raced (out of the money (in graded stakes at Santa Anita and Churchill Downs).
--Jim Freer


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