Gulfstream, Fair Grounds Juvenile Stakes Results – Super Screener
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Gulfstream, Fair Grounds Juvenile Stakes Results

Buffalo Man Stakes

The track at Gulfstream Park came up sloppy on Saturday but it did not alter the Super Screener final analysis of this race.  Our top pick in the race, Sonic Mule, clicked at generous odds of 7-2.  He took command early and was never seriously challenged.  Make note that the Todd Pletcher barn is especially productive the first two months of the Gulfstream Park meet.  Here’s what the Super Screener had to say about Sonic Mule:

The Screener top choice will be #2 Sonic Mule out of the Pletcher barn with John Velazquez up…a combo that cleans up every year at this meet (especially early in the meet).  Super Screener scores high that route experience and super balanced energy profile distribution.  Should sit the perfect ground-saving trip about 3 lengths off the early leader distributing energy gradually and then drawing away in the end.  Big advantage with super balanced energy distribution profile and experience running at routes.  Recent works indicate this Todd Pletcher charge is on top of his game.  Toss the 8/14 race…tons of trouble.  Very strong win play.

The Super Screener suggested wagers hit on a Trifecta and the $1 Superfecta wager for over $500.  

Louisiana Champions Juvenile

The Super Screener top win play and a recommend horizontal wager single, Saint’s Fan easily disposed of this field drawing away for a two-length victory as the odds-on favorite.   Once again, the ideal place to be on this dirt surface is mid-pack and on the outside.  Here’s how we anticipated Saint’s Fan easy victory:

So, top win contender honors will go to #9 Saint’s Fan.  His debut was picture perfect featuring that gradual release of energy to put away a tougher group of 2 year olds than what he’ll face here.  The third place finisher in that race came back to win on the return.  Last work on the grounds here was super indicating readiness.  Does offer the potential for use as a single in your horizontal wagers. Very professional debut win from off the pace and against a tougher field than this.  Coming into this in top condition as the last two strong works will attest.  Gets plenty of pace pressure to run into.  Top win contender.

The Super Screener’s top long shot play, Philly, didn’t quite generate the generous odds we were looking for but he was good enough to complete the Superfecta coming from last to 4th in an impressive stretch drive.  Here’s what the Super Screener saw in this gelding:

#3 Philly out of the red hot Albert Stall Jr. barn is an interesting value play.  Winning a debut race is always a super positive signal despite the fact in #3 Philly’s case it was against much easier.  Deserves wagering attention regardless, and should supply needed value.

TOP LONG SHOT Won on debut at 5.5f against a super soft field.  The barn has come out blazing in the early part of the meet.  Last two works were razor sharp.  Look for this gelding to press and then stay on.  Value!

Payoffs came up chalky so suggested Trifecta’s hit but the payoff was just $80.

Louisiana Champions Sprint

A Super Screener top win pick, #10 Jockamo’s Song just couldn’t respond to the stretch drive of #9 My Friend Flavin who wins this race at 15-1.  The Super Screener used this horse “under” in most wagers and once on top in a Trifecta, as despite the layoff since July, there were some things to like about this horse as we described in the analysis:

“(My Friend Flavin) Interesting lightly raced 4 yr old out of the always dangerous Leo Gabriel Jr. barn.  Been away since 7/1 but works are strong leading up to us.  Has more upside than several in here. 4 for 7 in the Exacta at FG.  Use.”

With odds of 15-1 he probably should have been our top long shot pick in the race. Unfortunately, our top long shot bomber picks #2 John’s Luck 23-1 and #4 Chattanoogan 57-1 made no impact.  

Here’s important trip note to keep in mind: #1 Just Kissing Buck ran impressively here as part of the pace and then holding on gamely for 3rd while all the other “speed” wilted on a track favoring off the pace types.

CASH CALL FUTURITY

The last G1 race for 2 year olds this year was the Cash Call Futurity.  It came up super short in field size with just 5 entrants and Bob Baffert-trained Mastery was the odds on favorite.  He did not disappoint, as he handled his first race around two turns with professionalism and drew away when challenged some in the stretch under urging by Mike Smith.  This was more of a public work out for Mastery, but it was useful experience which will prepare him for bigger races to come.    

Aqueduct and Gulfstream will take center stage next weekend, with a decent line up of minor stakes events that will feature full fields.  There will be no Super Screener for Saturday, 12/24 Christmas Eve, and instead will be featuring Santa Anita’s opening day on Monday 12/26 which will be loaded with top G1 and G2 stakes action.  Don’t miss it!

Until then “go fast and win”!

Mike