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Bet Horse Racing - Gulfstream with Attitude

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 11/28/2012 8:53:15 PM

Gulfstream Park, the jewel of Florida racing, opens its doors on Saturday and promises top racing action until closing day April 5 and online sports betting site players will have plenty of chances to cash tickets.

This will be the 73rd meeting at the venue in Hallandale, just north of Miami. The Sunshine Millions, which pits homebreds from California and Florida, will be renewed on Saturday January 19.

The first Grade 1 event will be the Donn Handicap on Saturday February 9 and will surely attract some of the best older horses in the country.

Those on the early Triple Crown trail will test their talents on February 23 in the Fountain of Youth and it will be a springboard for the March 30 Florida Derby.

As far as the main track is concern, speed will play fairly early in the meet but figures to be more important as the meet unwinds.

On grass, don’t be afraid to take a horse betting look at some deep closers. The course generally plays kind to runners that can quicken and make up huge bits of ground in the lane.

As far the human element, there is death, taxes, and Todd Pletcher.

He is looking for his 10th consecutive training title. Last year he absolutely ran away with the training crown winning with 40% of his starters.

Local trainers that could run under the radar and offer value are guys like Ralph Nicks, who sent out only 27 at the meeting last year but greeted 8 back in the charmed circle. Jamie Ness generally deals with cheaper stock but he won with 33% of his 15 starters last year.

Peter Walder always has his stock well placed and he proved it last year. He saddled 55 starters, 17 won and 16 others ran in the money. One lady that seldom gets respect is Jane Cibelli, who won with 23% of her 43 starters.

Kirk Zaidie has had issues with suspensions over the years but he still places his runners solidly as his 29% status showed last year.

The last trainer that online sports players should be aware of is Gerald Procino, who watched 6 of his 17 starters secure victory last year.

Mark Hennig, a former D. Wayne Lukas assistant, doesn’t waste any races and he could have a rebound meet.

Hennig took the Gulfstream Park ‘Cap a few seasons ago with Eddington. The guy has smarts; he went to Ohio State for a while before helping his father training horses. Besides Lukas as a mentor, he also worked under Jack Van Berg. And that gives him the toughness to go along with the higher education.

As far as riders are concerned, and Javier Castellano will be trying to repeat as the top Gulfstream pilot.

Only one other rider, Rajiv Maragh, secured more mounts, but Castellano won 112 races last season to win the title by 33 winners. Julien Leparoux, who was third in the standings, has moved his tack to California to be start a new life with Mike Mitchell’s daughter Shea.

That will leave his 60 winners up for grabs this meet and there are some up and coming riders that could take advantage.

Joe Rocco was 10th in the standings last year but has been riding extremely well of late. Jorge Velazquez, first-string rider for Pletcher, will be dangerous off that fact alone and Jose Lezcano is due to reach another gear.

Remember, the best online sports betting sites players adapt and thrive.


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