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Charlie & Rich are Stateside with their thoughts on the racing on the other side of the pond in the USA, as always there is plenty to get stuck into… Last weekend we started a new feature for our US racing blogs, where Charlie & Rich go head to head on 1 race from the plenty that are running, today is Gulfstream…

This blog covers Gulfstream stakes races, Aqueduct’s Grade 2 & 3 plus a wee bonus of Santa Anita Grade 1, so lets get them locked & loaded….

Charlie –

Gulfstream

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Race 10 9.46Karak -Out of Karakonite and Down The Well, has won 3 times from 5f to 6f was 3rd last time out at Churchill Downs in May last year, when beaten 6 lengths by Reagan’s Edge. Another one for the Wesley Ward and Irad Ortiz combination that can’t be overlooked, main threat to the selection comes in the shape of Miss Auramet who has won 8 times over 5f.

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Race 11 – 10.19 – Boston Post Road – Out of Quality Road and Lemon Bay, has only had one run so far for Chad Brown, and it was a winning one here over 6f last month, when beating Mischiefful by 3 lengths. With that run under the belt can go in again here at the expense of No Mo Spending who’s chasing a hat-trick after being off track since October last year.

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Head to Head – 9.14 (R9) Stakes – 3yo Only – Dirt – 6f….

Charlie – Roderick
– Out of Into Mischief and Cayala, has won 2 times over 5f, including last time out when beating Country Final by 4 lengths at Churchill Downs in November last year, the step up in distance to 6f should suit and combination of Wesley Ward and Irad Ortiz shouldn’t be overlooked here.

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Rich –
Real Talk – Gemologist X Woodland Park 3yo colt.
Changed barns in December and ran for new trainer in a 6f Allowance race over C&D on January 7th, finishing 2nd to Willy Boi, who also runs in this race today. The colt improved on that run to win a 5f 110yds Allowance race at this course last time out, beating Gatsby, who has won since by 4 lengths.

Rich –

Aqueduct –
9.02 (R7) – Tom Fool Handicap – Grade 2 – 4yo Plus – 6f…..
Pete’s Play Cool – Munnings X Taft Lil Queen 8yo gelding.

Runner up in the Grade 3 Toboggan 7f Stakes at this course on January 30th finishing behind American Power, with Share the Ride in 3rd, who has since won the Grade 3 General George Stakes & the pair face off again today….

22.07 (R9) Gotham Stakes – Grade 3 – 3yo Only – 1m…
Highly Motivated – Into Mischief X Strong Incentive 3yo colt.

After finishing runner up on debut, the colt landed a 6f 110y Maiden Special Weight in September before landing the Nyquist Stakes at this course over 6f 110yds in November from Quick Tempo. Up in trip after 120 days off the track.

Santa Anita
1.00am(UK time) (R10) – Handicap – Grade 1 – Dirt – 1m 2f….
Maxfield – Street Sense X Velvety 4yo colt.

The Godolphin owned colt is unbeaten in 5 & is already a Grade 1 winner from 2019, when landin the Futurity Stakes over 1m 110yds at Keeneland in October of that year before landing the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill in May

That is everything for you today folks, thanks for popping by & for your continued support, we really appreciate it… Keep your eyes peeled for a NEW Interview, dropping at 7pm Sunday!
STAY SAFE
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All the Best – Charlie & Rich

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