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Hanson: Six to watch on Pegasus World Cup undercard

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January 27th, 2017

Gulfstream Park could produce record (non-Breeders' Cup) handle on Saturday when it hosts the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (G1), the richest race ever run, and the track has done its best to make the card as attractive as possible with several other graded stakes and generally full fields in their overnight events.

With that kind of popularity expected, it makes sense to have a look at the card and take part in TwinSpires.com's $12K Prize Pool promotion on Saturday. Bet at least $250 on a minimum of six undercard races at Gulfstream (1-11) and be eligible for up to $500 of the $12,000 prize pool offered by TwinSpires.com.

For those that may prefer to reach the $250 minimum in the straight pools, I'll be taking a look at these win-place propositions on the undercard.

Race 4 - Slow starts and slow paces prevented Union Way (#11, 10-1) from earning more than minor checks in her first two outings. Adds blinkers for this, and perhaps shows more zip in a race that on paper is sorely lacking pace elements.

Race 6 - American Deluxe (#11, 10-1) was a credible second at long odds in his debut, but ran into all sorts of trouble second out. Half-brother to Travers (G1) winner V. E. Day stretches out a furlong and should continue to get better given a clean trip.

Race 7 - Brandy's Girl (#6, 10-1) probably found her January 4 comeback a useful tune-up after being away from the races for nearly five months. Aside from some unfortunate trouble in a stakes here last February, she's relished this course and is capable from on or slightly off the pace.

Race 9 - Power Alert and former Breeders' Cup winner Mongolian Saturday are going to take significant money, but Rainbow Heir (#1, 6-1) has done enough from limited turf attempts to suggest he can be in the discussion. Recovered from an eventful start to win a Gulfstream Park West stakes going away last time and enters fresh for trainer Jason Servis, who seemingly has the seven-year-old in peak form.

Race 10 - Arles (#7, 7-2) has run two bang-up races since her importation, bowing to Suffused by three parts of a length in the Glens Falls (G3) and then missing narrowly to the fine Japanese mare Nuovo Record in the Red Carpet H. (G3). Does have a case of seconditis (11-2-6-2), but will be the value in her rematch with Suffused here.

Race 11 - An excursion to Ireland last year didn't pan out too well for Charming Kitten (#6, 9-2), who won this race the last time it was contested in December 2015. It'll be a tall order to win off the bench at 1 1/2 miles, but has rarely run a bad one here and is obviously one of the classiest horses in the field.

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