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2022 Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes Replay And Reaction | Speaker’s Corner Airs
Credit: Coglianese Photos / Lauren King

2022 Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes Replay And Reaction | Speaker’s Corner Airs

The Racing Dudes team reacts to Speaker’s Corner winning Saturday’s Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes (G2), then discuss who they like moving forward, including any potential longshots. Join our replay watch-along and let us know your thoughts about the race in the Comments section!

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The track press release:

Godolphin LLC’s Speaker’s Corner dominated Saturday’s $200,000 WinStar Gulfstream Park Mile (G2), scoring a 5 ½-length victory while coming within .71 seconds of the track record for a one-turn mile.

The Gulfstream Park Mile, a mile race for older horses, was one of nine stakes on Gulfstream’s 13-race card during the inaugural 1/ST Saturday celebration that also featured six stakes at Santa Anita Park.

Favored at 6-5 in a field of eight, Speaker’s Corner took control shortly after the start under Junior Alvarado and continued to complete a dazzling front-running performance in 1:33.84, just a few ticks off Normandy Invasion’s Feb. 22, 2014 track-record clocking of 133.13.

Defending champion Fearless, the 2-1 second betting choice ridden by Luis Saez. Finished second, 2 ¾ lengths clear of third-place finisher Endorsed and jockey Jose Ortiz.

Speaker’s Corner entered the Gulfstream Park mile off a front-running victory over Fearless in the Fred W. Hooper (G3) Jan. 29 at Gulfstream. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense had won three of six starts prior to his initial graded-stakes success in the one-mile Hooper.

            $200,000 WinStar Gulfstream Park Mile (G2) Quotes

            Winning Trainer Bill Mott (Speaker’s Corner): “He was good. Everything turned out the way I would have hoped to see it. We thought he might wind up on the lead, which he did. He broke well enough, and he was there. They challenged him a little bit on the turn, but he was just better than they were today. Junior [Alvarado] knows him. He’s ridden him. He rode him well last time and we just thought maybe it would be a repeat.

“I don’t know what’s next. We have to talk it over. Naturally with a horse like this who’s running good, a big step up would be the Met Mile. You’ve got to put it in the back of your mind and give it consideration. He’s won a Grade 3, now a Grade 2, and now we’ve got to search for the G1.”

            Winning Jockey Junior Alvarado (Speaker’s Corner): “Today, I loved the way I sent him out of there and he just took it nicely. I think the last time he was a little keen. Today. he was more relaxed, doing it on his own, without really putting any effort into it. So I knew, turning for home, I was going to have a lot of horse left. He does it nice and comfortable, so I knew what I had under me when I was turning for home.”