GP Handicap: Corinthian looks way too good
by Geir Stabell (email@example.com) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Published: 2007-03-03 06:08:57
Gulfstream Park 3 Mar: This colt is a sure thing. The favorite for the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) will probably also be the shortest prices stakes fav of the day.
Corinthian, who was first past the post in the Fountain of Youth (G2) twelve months ago and made such aim impressive comeback here in February, will almost certainly crush his five rivals in this contest. Still, if you fancy a bet, there may be good money to be made in the exacta, trifecta and superfecta pools.
THE GULFSTREAM PARK HANDICAP (G2)
Gulfstream Park 3 March 2007 – 9.5 furlongs dirt
Top ranked horse on 100, with others ranked down in pounds.
Horses presented with sire, career best Globeform and rider.
100 – CORINTHIAN (Pulpit) GF 122+ / J Castellano
..91 – SUMMER BOOK (Notebook) GF 110 / M Guidry
..86 – A.P. ARROW (A.P. Indy) GF 107 / J Velazquez
..86 – REHOBOOTH (Wagon Limit) GF 105 / E Castro
..84 – HESANOLDSALT (Broad Brush) GF 105 / R Bejarano
..82 – NOBLE CAUSEWAY (Giant’s Causeway) GF 100 / C Velasquez
Corinthian will win this. He was deeply impressive as he powered home by nearly ten lengths here on his comeback, bursting away from (a seemingly dangerous) Jazil as they were halfway through the final turn, and turning the race into a procession in the straight. That was over 9 furlongs but this step up of half a furlong is not going to be a problem. The 2005 Fountain of Youth (G2) winner – albeit disqualified – performed to a provisional Globeform 122+ as he outclassed Jazil, winner of the Belmont Stakes (G1) last year. He can afford to run to GF 114 here and still win. His morning line is 7-5 but don’t get too excited. This favorite is bound to start odds-on.
Summer Book improved in his first start for trainer Frank Brothers, when staying on to take second behind McCann’s Mojave in the Sunshine Millions Classic. The winner goes for the Big Cap at Santa Anita (where he will find it tough) and the form of the SM Classic has worked out quite well. The third placed Silver Wagon came back to win a stakes event next time out, and Dry Martini, who was fourth, won an allowance race by 8 3/4 lengths here yesterday. The form is solid enough. Summer Book made all to win a minor stakes event over 1 mile 70yds last year, and his 2005 form indicated that he was not full of stamina. His first start for Brothers indicated that he stays really well, and different riding tactics worked just fine. If he repeats that form, he can take second. He has five starts at Gulfstream: never won here but never been out of the first three either.
Hesanoldsalt and A.P. Arrow ran second and third behind Invasor in the Donn Handicap (G1) and there is little between the two. With Rehobooth seemingly out of form and Noble Causeway out of his depth, they are the likely trifecta fillers.
A: 3 CORINTHIAN
B: 5 SUMMER BOOK
C: 1 HESANOLDSALT, 6 A.P. ARROW
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