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Big Weekend at Gulfstream

This weekend’s highlight for me is Einstein’s 2009 debut in the Donn Handicap; trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi warns that Gulfstream’s track is not his favorite dirt surface, but I think it’s great they are giving him a challenge, rather than going for the three-peat in the Gulfstream Park Turf. (Obviously adding that G1 victory to his already-impressive resume would be no bad thing either, and the higher purse doesn’t hurt). He’ll have plenty of competition, though – Albertus Maximus and Arson Squad should both be worthy competitors and this race seems like it’s coming up way too tough for Anak Nakal and Great Hunter, but I would not be surprised to see either one improve with age – just not quite as much as Einstein (pictured) has.

While I cannot claim to be pleased about shortening the Turf to 1 1/8, it will have an interesting field; Red Rocks and Kip Deville may be the big names, but I am intrigued to see Court Vision here; he may have underwhelmed for much of his 3-year-old year, but he’s been training well lately and could be a late bloomer. I also have an eye on Uigur, who hails from South America (although, of course, the Uigur people he takes his name from are from Central Asia). The Brazilian-bred has a local G1 to his credit and it will be curious to see how that translates. Feel free to point out here that Tomcito has been back on the worktab in largely average fashion.

And, of course, there are the 3-year-olds. The Hutcheson and the Holy Bull will likely both be overlooked by the mainstream media for the maiden special weight in between the Holy Bull and the Donn – for a little value in that race, Andiron is of interest; he’s a half-brother to The Cliff’s Edge, and you can bet (as it were) that plenty of money will be riding on Nicanor – here’s hoping both well-bred horses make forward progress in their young careers, and a little excitement about a ‘normal’ race is no bad thing.

The Hutcheson is run this afternoon and features another ‘brother’ – Hello Broadway is a half to Nobiz Like Shobiz, but he’ll have plenty to handle in Break Water Edison and Capt. Candyman Can – both of whom seem promising. The Holy Bull is the 3-year-old feature Saturday and if you’re looking for a decent return on a Michael-Matz-trained horse, this might be your best shot. His Rockland is taking a step up in class here, but the son of Smarty Jones has two victories and hasn’t been out of the money yet. West Side Bernie and Beethoven are apparently keeping the weekend’s musical theme going for this race. I feel like I should work in a terrible Broadway pun at this point, but I will spare you this time around. For now.

2 comments to Big Weekend at Gulfstream

  • Chalk Eating Weasel

    I am excited about going to GP today. However, I don’t think much of Einsteins’s chances here. Helen Pitts is only a 5% trainer of a layoff, GP is not Einstein’s favorite course and dirt is not his favorite surface.

    I will try to get some nice pictures of Nicanor, but won’t be betting on him.

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