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2012/2013 Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown/Opening Day

An open thread for opening day at Gulfstream Park.

Homeboykris: Remember when I ran in the Derby three years ago?
Homeboykris: Remember when I ran in the Derby three years ago?
Matthew Stockman

It's the beginning of December and opening day at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A ten race card in on tap for the first day of the meet, including the 2012 Claiming Crown.

Gulfstream Park Scratches & Changes - Saturday, December 1st

Conditions are perfect at Gulfstream today; the main track is FAST and the turf course is FIRM.

  • 7-Divine Luck takes the meet opener at Gulfstream Park with a strong final kick in the lane. The Queen's 1-Dawn Glory (GB) had a good trip but could only muster a second place finish.
  • A big run by 5-Bold Dance at odds of 8/1 to take the second in fine fashion. 12-Drenched set the pace but had to work hard from a wide post to secure the lead and really hit the wall inside the final furlong. 4-Callmeback wasn't able to get the lead like I hoped and faded in the stretch.

    The early Double pays a solid $34.80 for $1.
  • The lay-off was no problem for the chalk in the 3rd as 1-Undrafted gets a perfect stalking trip right off of 3-Alpha Slew and powers home to win easily in his turf debut for Wesley Ward and Johnny V.

    The Early Pick 3 comes back at $187.79.
  • A huge run by 13-Brother Bird to win the Iron Horse from the 13-hole in the starting gate. I'm interested to see the Trakus ground loss data from this race.

    The Early $0.50 Pick 4 comes back at $603.05.
  • Looks like it's going to be a big day for the Ramseys and Mike Maker; 13-Bernie the Maestro's win in Race 6 gives them back-to-back Claiming Crown scores.
  • Trakus tweeted some ground loss data on Brother Bird's win in Race 5:
  • Very impressive win by the on-form 6-Starship Truffles in the Glass Slipper; she got into a speed duel in-between two pacesetters and then pulled away and used her superior stamina to crush the field at 5/1. Sweet race for a nice looking Marty Wolfson trainee. (And I finally cashed a winner on today's card! Been a struggle so far today.)
  • Smooth (and patient) ride by Alan Garcia on 7-Starsilhoutte to win the Tiara with a big late run down the middle of the Gulfstream Park turf course. 6/1 on the winner.
  • 2/1 second choice 1-Nikki's Sandcastle wins a head-bob finish with 3-Major Marvel to win the Emerald at 1 1/16 miles on inner turf.
  • Heading into the final race on the card, here are the $0.50 Pick 5 Will Pays:

    1: $2,089.10
    2: $1,360.90
    3: Scratch
    4: $32,173.60
    5: $53,622.70
    6: $5,189.20
    7: $80,434.10
    8: $20,108.50
    9: $4,124.80
    10: $1,787.40
    11: $10,724.50
    12: $19,618.00

    If you are alive in the Pick 5, you're in line for some serious iron if you cash out.
  • 4-Parent's Honor wins the Claiming Crown Jewel at odds of 16/1 giving Ken & Sarah Ramsey four winners on the card. The win by the #4 keys a $32k $16k payout in the $0.50 Pick 5. [Apparently, those Will Pays above are to $1 which is just... horrible. Show the Will Pays to the minimum bet!
  • The $0.50 Pick 4 came back at $1,767.20; that seems a bit light when you consider that the four winners paid $12.20, $15.40, $6.80 and $34.40. In fact, that seems incredibly light.
# Post Time Race Age/Sex Dist. Surf. Winner $2 Win
1 12:45pm MdSpWt 3up, f&m 8.5 Turf 7-Divine Luck $7.00
2 1:13pm MdSpWt 2yo 8.5 Turf 5-Bold Dance $18.00
3 1:41pm Alw OC $75k 2yo 8.0 Turf 1-Undrafted $7.80
4 2:09pm CC Express 3up 6.0 Dirt 5-Tiban $6.20
5 2:37pm CC Iron Horse 3up 8.5 Dirt 13-Brother Bird $9.80
6 3:05pm CC Rapid Transit 3up 7.0 Dirt 13-Bernie the Maestro $7.40
7 3:35pm CC Glass Slipper 3up, f&m 7.0 Dirt 6-Starship Truffles $12.20
8 4:05pm CC Tiara 3up, f&m 8.5 Turf 7-Starsilhouette $15.40
9 4:35pm CC Emerald 3up 8.5 Turf 1-Nikki's Sandcastle $6.80
10 5:05pm CC Jewel 3up 9.0 Dirt 4-Parent's Honor $34.40