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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ pricey purchase Pseudonym will make her debut in Thursday’s sixth race at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight on turf.
The race attracted 16 runners (including one Main Track Only entry), and while only a maximum of 12 will make the gate, bettors will be treated to a tremendous betting opportunity. Here is a full preview of the field fighting for a $45k purse:
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1. Longpants Required (12/1) – She will wear blinkers for the first time when she makes her fifth start for trainer Brendan Walsh. After making three failed attempts to break her maiden last year, she returned from a four-month break to finish fifth while going a mile here on March 29. Walsh is 8% when adding blinkers over the past five years.
2. Magic Flute (15/1) – The Ontario-bred Point of Entry daughter three sprinting starts on the Woodbine synthetic surface last year, then took four months off prior to her turf debut over this course and distance on March 8. Though she faded to eighth after an early stalking position, she earned a career-best 60 Beyer speed figure and will be making her second start off of the layoff, as a 3-year-old, on turf, and routing in this spot – all reasons to project improvement.
3. Starship Mallomar (20/1) – Her best effort from three tries came last out when she made her first steps on turf and going two turns, which earned her a career-best 58 Beyer speed figure. Trainer Steven Dwoskin has only won 3 of 48 mounts this year, but he has a 9-for-66 record (14%) when working with jockey Miguel Vasquez, who has the mount for the third straight time here.
4. So Darn Hot (8/1) – She makes her turf debut after running third in her unveiling, a one-turn mile event over the local dirt on March 22. Stetson Racing plunked down $600k for the Ghostzapper daughter, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Come Dancing.
5. Pechanga (15/1) – She makes her third career start after showing improvement between her first two starts, including a narrow third while going 1 mile over the Tampa Bay Downs turf on March 7. The Mark Casse trainee’s sire, Camelot, won multiple turf Group 1s in Europe and has an offspring record of 49-7-8-8 to date.
6. Noudha (12/1) – She makes her first start on turf after failing to hit the board in a pair of dirt sprints, including most recently here on March 29. The Al Shaqab Racing homebred is one of two entries from the first crop of the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who has produced 19% first-time turf winners despite never running on grass in his career.
7. Theartofcompromise (20/1) – The Howard Nolan homebred has a tough ask to make her debut in this spot because trainer Kathy Ritvo is 1-for-16 with first-time starters and her sire, Normandy Invasion, is 0-for-21 in the same condition. However, she has worked steadily and both her grandsire and dam sire have traditionally produced talented turf runners.
8. My Sweet Wife (12/1) – A pair of recent turf works for Jorge Abreu appear to have her ready for her unveiling, and Abreu is strong with first-time starters (29% over the past five years). Also on her side, her sire, Candy Ride, hits with 13% debut runners, including 10% on the turf.
9. Tizlegal (20/1) – She made one failed start while sprinting on the Ellis Park main track last August before taking the rest of the year off. Mark Casse has trained her well leading up to this event, including a 5-furlong turf work in 1:00.40.
10. Fresco (2/1) – The morning line favorite produced a steady stretch run over this course and distance on January 26 while making her debut. She is unraced since, but Christophe Clement has trained her twice on turf leading up to her second start, which is when Clement trainees often graduate (17% strike rate).
11. Thankful (7/2) – The second of two American Pharoah daughters running for Todd Pletcher has several recent turf works on her form and stole away Luis Saez from her stablemate. Pletcher wins 21% with first-time starters, and though that number dips to 13% on turf, her $625k price tag suggests that she has talent.
12. Pseudonym (6/1) – Trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr., wins with 13% of his first-time starters, but that number increases to 16% with first-time turf runners. Two of her older siblings were each thrice stakes placed on the lawn and she gets the services of Emisael Jaramillo, who has won 24% with a positive ROI ($2.39) when riding for Joseph, Jr.
13. Astoundment (10/1) (Also Eligible) – The first one to draw into the field if a scratch occurs, she would also be the only elder filly to run should she make it. The 4-year-old Kitten’s Joy daughter hit the board once in three turf starts last year, then finished fifth in a bumpy mile-long grass event here on March 29.
14. Sharethegoodtimes (15/1) (Also Eligible) – She debuted in a turf mile here on March 29 (a separate race from Astoundment’s) and made a decent move in the far turn that she could not sustain. She has worked well since then and trainer Rodolphe Brisset wins with 13% of his second-start maidens.
15. She’s Just Quality (20/1) (Also Eligible) – Diane Morici saw fit to tag her for $50k out of her debut, a 5-furlong local turf sprint on April 2. Morici adds blinkers and shows faith by moving the Quality Road filly up in class to race protected, but she will need a good deal of luck with scratches if she hopes to make the gate.
16. Flashing Red (4/1) (Main Track Only) – The one entry praying for rain Thursday nearly got the job done last time out while going a mile over the local main strip, dueling gamely throughout before missing by a neck. The Violence daughter was running for a $50k tag that day, but she also hit the board in a pair of two-turn maiden special weight events over the Tampa Bay Downs dirt, so if the races comes off of the turf, she stands as good a shot as any.
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