Okay, so here's a quick recap of how my angle on the Gulfstream card played out today. It wasn't pretty.
Race 2: 10-Lion Thunder went off at 11/1 odds, broke slow and didn't contend for the lead and then was hustled towards the front on the backstretch only to be placed on the rail behind a wall of horses with little chance of making a run. A poor ride by Coa, in my opinion. Lion Thunder finished a weak 8th.
Race 4: I landed on 8-Have On More (8/1) in this spot and he responded by racing wide and beating only one horse in a field of nine.
Race 5: In this race I at least was able to identify the winner, although it wasn't the horse that I selected to win. In a race without a lick of pace, 2-Ultimate Class was able to absolutely steal this one on the front end. 1-Vee, the betting favorite and my selection, ran much closer to the lead than in her previous race but in the end, Ultimate Class ran away from the field in the stretch after having it all her own way early on.
Race 6: I continued to fire at price horses and went after 6-Sky N Mighty, a horse that went off at 13/1. And like my other price horses today, Sky N Mighty ran a flat race, never threatened the leaders, and finished a poor 9th. At this point, I was on a roll.
Race 7: A dim light at the end of the tunnel appeared in the form of 2-Exiled Princess, a 13/1 shot that I believed was ready to run a big race after cutting back from two turns. I was proved right when she did run a big race but, unfortunately for me, 8-Christine Daae ran an even bigger race and crushed this field by 8 1/4 lengths. Still, at least I was able to identify at least one live long shot. Exiled Princess paid $9.80 to Place and $4.40 to Show.
Race 8: My first winner of the day? Why my chalk play, of course. I hate to play chalk but at least this one finished first, unfortunately 3-Qualia went off at 9/10 odds. The retirement fund won't grow too much with those odds.
Race 9: And now we come to the final race where I made my selection out of pure sentiment: a horse with a similar name to one I recently co-owned. (My horse was Eligius, today's horse was 4-Saint Eligius). Guess what happens? Yep, Saint Eligius breaks his Maiden on the turf at odds of 7/2.