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Saturday, March 2
Gulfstream Park, Race 9, 3:30 p.m. ET
#4 Our Law: This filly is listed at 9-2 on the morning line — I can only hope we get a price in that range after the way Our Law flew late in her debut race last month. She went off at odds of nearly 100-to-1 that day and was really the only horse who closed from well off the pace (which was naturally hotter in that five-furlong sprint than it will be when she stretches out to a mile and a sixteenth here). She gets a dramatic jockey upgrade with Irad Ortiz Jr. hopping aboard. Trainer Mark Casse clicks at a near 20 percent clip with horses making their second career start on the turf. She projects as one of the fastest finishers in here and if she can get some clear running room late, she should be tough to hold off.
$2 win, place, and show on #4 Our Law ($6)
$1 exacta 4,6 with 1,4,6 ($4)
$4 win, place, and show on #4 Our Law ($12)
$1 exacta box 1,4,6 ($6)
$.50 trifecta 1,4,6 with 1,4,6 with 1,4,5,6 ($6)
$8 win, place, and show on #4 Our Law ($24)
$2 exacta box 1,4,6 ($12)
$1 trifecta 4,6 with 1,4,5,6 with 1,4,5,6 ($12)
#8 Global Campaign: I’m always looking for the horse or horses who are going to get overlooked in big stakes races and I’m confident that Global Campaign will go off at a price that’s a lot higher than he should on Saturday. He doesn’t come in with as much hype as 14-length debut winner Hidden Scroll, or even Vekoma or Signalman (who both won major stakes races in their 2-year-old seasons). But take a look at the replay of Global Campaign’s second career start (Feb. 9) and you’ll see a horse with a ton of upside. I loved the maturity and flexibility he showed when asked to take back off of a blazing pace-setter in that race. Equally impressive was the way he went on to coast late while hardly being asked to do anything at all by his jockey Luis Saez. The winner of this race will have to be able to rate off of what projects to be an extremely hot pace that will likely be contested by Epic Dreamer, Gladiator King, and Hidden Scroll. Based on what Global Campaign did last out, he looks more than capable of getting the right trip and he also has the pedigree to do it (he’s a son of Curlin and a half-brother to Bolt d’Oro and Sonic Mule).
$3 win, place, and show on #8 Global Campaign ($9)
$5 win, place, and show on #8 Global Campaign ($15)
$5 exacta 8 with 6,7 ($10)
$10 win, place, and show on #8 Global Campaign ($30)
$5 exacta key box 8 with 6,7 ($20)
Last Week’s Earnings: $228
Year-to-Date Earnings: $1,595.96