Hard to nar­row down this one

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Marty McGee

HAL­LAN­DALE BEACH, Fla. – There are more haves than have-nots in the lone al­lowance race Fri­day at Gulfstream Park, mak­ing for some in­ter­est­ing wa­ger­ing strat­egy as a 10-race card un­folds.

Nine older horses are in the ninth race, a key link in late multi-race wa­gers, and bet­tors want­ing to stay alive into the last race of the day may want to go deeper than nor­mal on their tick­ets. Your­dream­sormine and Scarly Charly are among the likely fa­vorites in a $49,000 se­cond-level race at seven fur­longs, but, oh, if it were only so sim­ple. Con­quest Big E, Deep Sea, and sev­eral oth­ers bring cre­den­tials to what shapes up as a real scram­ble.

First post Fri­day is 12:35 p.m. East­ern. The fea­ture (post, 4:32) pre­cedes an op­tional claimer (post, 5:02) that matches 12 Florida-bred fil­lies and mares go­ing 7 1/2 fur­longs on turf. The eight ear­lier races are all claim­ing events.

KEY CON­TENDERS (RACE 9)

Your­dream­sormine, by Mr. Sekiguchi (Last 3 Bey­ers: 91-84-81)

◗ Rail-drawn earner of nearly $400,000 is one of three in here el­i­gi­ble via an op­tional $62,500 claim­ing tag, and his ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence over the lo­cal sur­face (a record of 28-7-6-4) makes him an ob­vi­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.

Scarly Charly, by Friends Lake (Last 3 Bey­ers: 85-89-82)

◗ The top earner in the group with $426,400, this 8-year-old was third be­hind Green­pointcru­sader for this same con­di­tion three Fri­days ago and con­tin­ues to hold steady form for trainer Larry Riv­elli.

Deep Sea, by Mi­ne­shaft (Last 3 Bey­ers: 84-72-83)

◗ Trained by Mark Casse, this 5-year-old was an eye-catch­ing maiden win­ner some 13 months ago at Gulfstream and shows five lively Palm Mead­ows works in pre­par­ing for his first start in eight months.

Some­thing Awe­some, by Awe­some Again (Last 3 Bey­ers: 87-85-84)

◗ Fa­vor­ably drawn in the out­side post, this Stronach Sta­bles home­bred stands to ben­e­fit from his lat­est start, when he ral­lied to fin­ish third in a Jan. 7 race in which Scarly Charly was se­cond. That was his first race since Nov. 13.

Dec­o­rated Sol­dier, by Proud Cit­i­zen (Last 3 Bey­ers: 72-85-87)

◗ Win­ner of the North­ern Spur as a 3-year-old last spring at Oak­lawn Park, this Eclipse Thor­ough­breds colt is re­turn­ing from a nearly eight­month lay­off for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Con­quest Big E, by Tapit (Last 3 Bey­ers: 74-76-81)

◗ Pur­chased out of the Con­quest Sta­bles dis­per­sal last fall, this gray 4-year-old has been gelded and makes his first start for new con­nec­tions. He is look­ing for his first vic­tory since the fall of his 2-year-old year.

Jersey Blues, by Ed­ding­ton (Last 3 Bey­ers: 82-53-79)

◗ Win­ner of a Mon­mouth Park stakes re­stricted to New Jersey-breds in Au­gust in his most re­cent start, this 6-yearold might well be gear­ing up for when the Jersey Shore track re­sumes rac­ing in May.

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