Marshua’s River real bet­tor’s race

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Marty McGee Bet Gulfstream with DRF Bets: drf­bets.com

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – One glance through the lineup and you can tell that the heavy hit­ters in the North Amer­i­can filly and mare turf di­vi­sion sat out the $150,000 Marshua’s River on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

How? Well, none of the eight fil­lies and mares in the Grade 3 turf race hails from the barns of Bill Mott, Christophe Cle­ment, or – added em­pha­sis here – Chad Brown. But, hey, that’s okay: The 1 1/16-mile Marshua’s River seems like a glasshalf-full kind of race to hold the fans’ in­ter­est, with more than half the field own­ing a right­ful shot at vic­tory.

La Signare, Bellavais, I’m Betty G, and Vale­dic­to­rian all should be part of a loosely as­sem­bled core of luke­warm fa­vorites, while Bomb­shell and Monte Crista also fig­ure to at­tract their fair share of wa­ger­ing ac­tion.

Trainer Kelly Breen be­lieves Vale­dic­to­rian, a New Jersey­bred who fin­ished se­cond in the Claim­ing Crown Tiara on open­ing day (Dec. 1) of the Gulfstream cham­pi­onship meet and is the lead­ing earner ($369,435) in the field, could emerge best with an­other big ef­fort.

“She’s do­ing tremen­dous and re­ally likes the new turf course there,” Breen said this week from Palm Mead­ows.

La Signare, win­ner of the Won­der Again in June be­fore ex­it­ing the Grade 1 Bel­mont Oaks a month later with an in­jury, “has trained won­der­ful” to­ward her re­turn, trainer Brian Lynch said. “We re­moved a tiny chip from her an­kle after the Oaks, and ev­ery­thing has gone very well since then.”

Bellavais, fa­vor­ably drawn on the hedge, will be look­ing to im­prove on a fourth-place fin­ish in the My Charmer last month for Todd Pletcher. So, too, is a bet­ter race ex­pected from Monte Crista after the Mary­land-bred filly took some re­cent re­group­ing from trainer Mike Trom­betta.

Round­ing out the com­pet­i­tive cast are likely long­shots Rose Tree and Ho­gans Hol­i­day.

This will be the 16th run­ning of the Marshua’s River, which is named for a stand­out turf mare whose 33th and fi­nal start came at Gulfstream in March 1994. As the 11th of 12 races on a Saturday card that starts at 11:45 a.m. Eastern, it’s a key link in all of the late mul­tirace wa­gers, in­clud­ing the 20-cent Rain­bow 6 (races 7-12).

The Marshua’s River (post, 4:47) is co-fea­tured with the Trop­i­cal Turf (race 9, 3:45), for which Lynch has the heavy fa­vorite in Heart to Heart.

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