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Grade 2 Smile Stakes Highlights Gulfstream Card
The Grade 2, $250,000 Smile Stakes has drawn a field of seven for the July 2 sprint showdown at Gulfstream Park in a competitive betting race.
Limousine Liberal (2/1) has shown flashes of major ability, but has yet to put everything together against graded stakes competition. The Ben Colebrook trainee opened 2016 with a rousing allowance score at Keeneland, but could fare no better than sixth against a strong field in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes May 7. Last out, the speedy son of Successful Appeal was taken off the pace unexpectedly and rallied wide to finish second against a multiple stakes winner. Luis Saez will take over the mount while breaking from post 3. If Limousine Liberal is ready to fire, he may simply be too classy for this bunch.
Delta Bluesman goes for stakes score
The hard-knocking veteran Delta Bluesman (5/2) was an allowance winner June 11 at Monmouth and could be over-bet if sent to post near his morning line odds. While it’s difficult to knock this runner too much, he could simply be overmatched by a younger, more talented field. The Jorge Navarro trainee has won 8 of 42 career starts without winning a stakes race.
Eighty Three tries better
Eighty Three (3/1) is another allowance type looking for black type. The David Jacobson trainee has won 4 of 12 starts and will look to snap a three race losing streak where the five year-old gelding finished second twice to go with a third-place effort.
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In case you hadn't heard, the Kentucky Derby was a bit controversial this year. The controversy has seeped into the 2019 Preakness, but neither the disqualified or actual winner of the Derby will be around to compete in the second jewel of the American Triple Crown. No worries! This is still going to be a great betting race.
On Saturday the Churchill Downs gates will fly open and 20 colts will make The Run for the Roses, trying to grab the winner's share of the $3 million purse and the first leg of the US Triple Crown. They'll be racing 1 1/4 miles on the Churchill dirt, with a field that includes one Florida bred and the Florida Derby winner.
On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the featured race is the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes. Restricted to fillies and mares, the Grade 2 event will be contested at seven furlongs on the main track and has drawn a field of eight.