Player Quick Pick for 2/23/2014

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Molly Jo Rosen

February 23rd, 2014

by D.S. Williamson

After the brilliant display by Wildcat Red and General A Rod in the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday - not to mention Onlyforyou's runaway romp in the Davona Dale and Reload sneaking up the rail in the Canadian Turf Hcp - horseplayers get another two stakes at Gulfstream to wager on!

Race 4 - $75,000 – Ten Palm Stakes, 1 mile over turf

5-Alaura Michelle – 4/1 – Pletcher and Castellano teamed up in this gal’s last to win a $100,000 optional claimer by a neck. She should get a great set-up in this and Castellano takes the call again.

10-Long Face – 5/1 – The Cristophe Clement trainee was the mare that lost to Alaura Michelle in that $100,000 claimer.  She’d be the pick to turn the tables on her rival if not for the 10 post.

2-Byrama – 3/1 – Sure, she’s the class of the field, but the brilliant Bill Mott is only 18% winners with horses going first time for him.  The Grade I Vanity victory was way back in last June.  Pass on the short win odds, but, yep, she’s a must use.


Race 9 - $75,000 – Ladies Turf Sprint Stakes, 5 furlongs

1-Madame Giry – 5/1 – This mare out of Castledale has made over $436,400 lifetime.  She runs for trainer Cam Gambolati who scores at a 35% clip in non-graded stakes races.  He scores at a 42% clip with horses going third time off of a layoff.

7-Runway Ready – 5/2 – She won by 5 lengths in her last.  But that race was a $50,000 state-bred allowance.  So, she is stepping up in this.  She’ll be quick, but it’s asking a lot for her to hold off Madame Giry.

6-Queen’s Award – 3/1 – She’s the class, but if Rosario gives her too much to do before the final turn, she’ll burn up a lot of tickets and might not hit the board.