Gulfstream Hot List - March 16

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Today’s Gulfstream horses Hot List races to watch – Saturday, March 16, 2013

By Bob Ehalt and Shawn Rychling

Hot List Key:

A : A preferred horse to watch                  B: Secondary horse to watch
*C: Went down 2 or more betting notches and finished 1st through 3rd
*D: Went down 2 or more betting notches and finished 4th or worse
* - 4 or more betting notches if 11-1 or more.

1st race – (9) Major Score (an A last time) finished second to a 3-5 favorite at this level. He had 18 lengths on the 3rd horse and should finally graduate from the maiden ranks in his 15th try. (3) Imperial Power was second last time at Tampa and should be closing in the final furlong. (7) First Won was third behi nd Major Score and could figure in the exotics thanks to a weak field. (8) Right Right takes a big class drop and cannot be overlooked .  Betting strategy:  9 to win, place. Exacta box:  3-7-8-9.

7th race – (2) Magical Weekend (A) turned in a highly impressive effort in her debut. Was checked twice but still managed to rally for third. Off an effort that strong, she should be hard to beat at a slightly longer distance. (7) Lily Olay was second in both career starts and should figure in the exacta once again. (5) Magical World debuts for Shug and could contend with these. (3) Renowned hasn’t raced in 16 months but shows some promising works. Betting strategy: 2 to win, place.  Exacta box: 2-3-5-7. Doubles: 2-3-5-7 with 3-4-6-10. Pick 3: 2-5-7 with ALL with 6.

8th race – (3) Big Blue Spirit (A) was hurt by a four wide trip when third at this level. Breaks from post three and could make amends for that loss. (4) Tricky Hat disappointed last time but shows some nice works and could rebound in this spot. (6) Malibu Way was racing in stakes last year but must shake off 9 months worth of rust. (10) Hollinger exits a string of graded stakes but must overcome post 10 to be a factor here. Betting strategy: 3 to win, place. Exacta box: 3-4-6-10. Doubles: 3-4-6-10 with 2-4-6-7.

9th race – (6) Jordan’s Image  (A) has won two straight, overcoming trouble in his last start. Hard to go against him in what could be an encore of his last try. (4) Troubles Comin was second at this level and was claimed by a successful outfit. (2) Nemo Landing  has keen early speed and looms the one to catch. (7) Flyin Trey  floundered in the mud but could wake up on a dry track.  Betting strategy: 6 to win, place. Exacta box: 2-4-6-7. Doubles: 2-4-6-7 with 2-4-6-8.

10th race – (6) Pianist (A) turned in a stellar effort in her 2013 debut and seems poised for a big year. Faces a tough array of foes but deserves a close look. (4) Channel Lady (C) won a Grade 3 stakes in gate-to-wire fashion but will have to run harder at today’s mile distance. (8) Samitar (D) took late money and dipped from 5-1 to 7-2 at Keeneland in the QE II Cup. She wound up 4th but was hurt by a slow pace. If she’s ready for a top effort, she’ll be hard to deny. (2)  Centre Court was second in the QE II and then won the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs. She, too, looms a main contender if her recent works have her ready.  Betting strategy: 6 to win, place. Exacta box: 2-4-6-8.



last race



Today's Race



Major Score

A,  2/7

1 GP

Seems poised for a victory


Sunrise Ridge

C,  2/18

6 GP

Switches back to turf


Killin Them Softly

C,  2/23

6 GP

Took late money and won easily


Magical Weekend

A,  2/22

7 GP

Had plenty of trouble in her debut


Big Blue Spirit

A,  2/23

8 GP

Was hurt by a wide trip


Jordan’s Image

A,  3/1

9 GP

Goes for a 3rd straight win 


Channel Lady

C,  2/9

10 GP

Went gate to wire in a stakes 



A,  2/7

10 GP

Made an impressive 2013 debut 



D,  10/13

10 GP

A threat if she’s ready 

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