Thursday, September 17, 2020

Queen Letizia is Our Pick in GP Finale

Thursday's ninth and last race at Gulfstream is a rematch of the second  through fifth place finishers in race with identical conditions three weeks ago at Gulfstream.

Scheduled post is 4:14 p.m.

Today's finale and the first race on Aug. 27 are both $12,500 maiden claimers at five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-YO and up. Today's rematch, like the race three weeks ago, has twelve starters on a course listed as Firm.

The second through fifth place finishers (with today's program numbers in parentheses) were: Gravel Gertie (9), Queen Letizia (11), Flat Out Cool (5)  and Aunt Irene (1).

Flat Out Cool led until deep stretch, before being passed by More Diamonds.  That horse finished a length ahead of late-running Gravel Gertie with a time of 56.60 that produced  a weak Equibase Speed Figure of 60.

Queen Letizia and Aunt Irene also passed horses in the stretch. Second through fifth places were separated by 1 1/2 lengths.

We are going with the above four horses in an exacta box, along with three hedge bets. Queen Letizia is our pick to win. Cristian Torres has the return mount for trainer Victor Barboza Jr.

Two other fillies to consider are Our Little Devil (12) and Bend the Knee (10).

Our Little Devil is a daughter of Daredevil.  That horse also is the sire of Shedaresthedevil and Swiss Skydiver--the one-two finishers in the Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1) on Sept. 4.

Our Little Devil, trained by William Deaton, will probably contest Flat Out Cool for the lead. A key will be how fast Alberto Burgos, a seven-pound apprentice gets her into the first flight from the outside post.

Bend the Knee is shipping in from Evangeline in Louisiana, where she finished second at five furlongs on dirt. Trainer and co-owner Carl Deville has Edgard Zayas, the wins leader in the current Gulfstream meet, as rider.

Through three days of "Gettin' Out Alive" we have bet $75 with a return of $61.80.

Today's Bets

* $3 WPS    11

* $1 exacta box 1 5  9  11

$ 1 exacta box     5  9  11

*$1 exacta  part wheel

9 11  with    9 10 11  12

* $1 tri part wheel

9  11  with 9 11  with   1  5  10 12

--If post tine odds on Our Little Devil  are double digits we suggest putting some WPS money on her.

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