We’re less than a week away from the $1,000,000 (Gr. 1) Travers Stakes at Saratoga. It’s going to be our last look at Tiz the Law before the Kentucky Derby. Tiz the Law is the currently Kentucky Derby favorite, and I don’t think anything is going to change in that regard. Behind Tiz the Law, things are wide open. People were confident in Honor A. P. to be the main challenger for Tiz the Law, but his performance yesterday at Del Mar was nothing to get excited over.
Bob Baffert’s 8/1 Thousand Words won the Shared Belief Stakes after running out of the shadows of Baffert’s Cezanne. So, yeah, behind Tiz the Law there’s a lot of wide open horses that are going to be in the Kentucky Derby. Several horses that are scheduled to race in the Derby could pull off an upset. There isn’t a clear No. 2 horse in my eyes.
We whiffed on Honor A. P. in the Shared Belief Stakes, but responded for a win on 9/2 Collusion Illusion in the Bing Crosby Stakes later in the day. Gulfstream Park has ten races on the schedule today in Hallandale Beach. A total of $365,500 is available at Gulfstream today. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park picks for August 2, 2020.
Post Time: 1:30 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 Mile
In the second biggest purse of the day, we have a talented field featuring Don’t Get Khozy and Estilo Talentsoso. I’m familiar with both horses from previous races. I’ve cashed with both of them before, so know what they bring to the track. Race 4 features a mile on the dirt for a $54,500 purse. Don’t Get Khozy draws the No. 5 post position. She is 5 for 16 in her career and was looking for a hat-trick in the Azalea Stakes on July 4.
However, that effort didn’t go too well, with Don’t Get Khozy finishing 4th in the $75,000 event. Prior to that race, Don’t Get Khozy was on a nice run, with performances in the top-3 in seven straight outings. That included four wins for Don’t Get Khozy. I was on her in a couple of those races.
In her most recent win Don’t Get Khozy, she won by 7 ½ lengths in a $47,000 event on June 20. Prior to that, Don’t Get Khozy won by 4 lengths in a $33,000 race on June 10. She completed 4 furlongs in 52.61 seconds on July 25 in preparation for today. After faltering in her stakes debut, expect to see Don’t Get Khozy back in the mix on Sunday.
Estilo Talentsoso was in the Azalea Stakes as well. It was a stronger effort by her, as she placed 2nd back of the leader by 1 ¾ lengths at the wire. Estilo Talentsoso has finished in the top-2 in 6 of 7 career races and top-3 in all of her outings. She heads into today with recorded times of 48, 48.08, and 49.52 seconds. Expect to see a battle between Don’t Get Khozy and Estilo Talentsoso in the stretch, with the No. 1 horse having the edge.
Post Time: 2:34 p.m. EST
$47,000 is up for grabs in Race 6 at Gulfstream on Sunday. It will take the quickest time over a mile of racing on the dirt to get the top prize. Tap the Mojo and Brasstown are on my shortlist, with both horses likely going to present bold bids on Sunday afternoon. Tap the Mojo is 3 for 11 in his career with some stakes experience.
He entered the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes (Black Type) on January 18 after winning a $40,000 allowance race by 4 lengths on December 29. The stakes race proved to be a bit too much of a challenge for Tap the Mojo. He followed up for 7th in a $51,000 allowance outing on February 22. Since then, Tap the Mojo has been on a layoff and will make his return today.
Tap the Mojo has been on the workout circuit in the morning to prepare for his return. He completed 4 furlongs in 50.80 seconds, and 5 furlongs in 1:01.80 and 1:00.40. If Tap the Mojo wins, this would be the second biggest score of his career. He won a $61,000 event by 2 ½ lengths, though that was back on August 18, 2018. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Tap the Mojo in that form.
Brasstown is coming off two strong performances on May 21 and July 12. He won by 6 lengths over Monmouth Dr in May, and then followed up to place behind Fortune Cookie by a half length. He is jumping in class today, but I don’t think this is the most difficult of $47,000 races. It’s not like Tap the Mojo or anyone else has consistently performed at this level. I’d take a chance on Brasstown, who should command a fairly nice price at post time on Sunday afternoon.
Post Time: 4:14 p.m. EST
We’re off and running in the feature race of the day at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. A purse of $60,000 is on the line for over 6 furlongs of racing on the dirt. Cool Arrow and Diamond Oops are on my shortlist for Race 9. Cool Arrow gets the inside rail out of the gate from the No. 1 post position. He is 8 for 24 in his career for some fairly decent success. Cool Arrow is coming off a win on June 21 at Gulfstream Park.
He was a winner by 3 ¾ lengths against Flashy Kyem in a $48,000 event. It was a nice response after finishing 5th on February 7 and 4th on May 21. Those purses were for $52,000 and $48,000. He can still win at this level, as we just witnessed on June 21, and December 27, 2019 in another $48,000 victory.
Cool Arrow arrives at the gate on Sunday in good form following some strong workouts. He completed 4 furlongs in 49.90, 49.16, 49.86, and 48.86 seconds in June and July. Cool Arrow should be able to mount a bold bid in Race 9 at Gulfstream on Sunday. Look for Diamond Oops to be a major threat to him and the rest of the field, though.
Diamond Oops is generally accustomed to stakes racing. 11 of the 14 races have been stakes races for Diamond Oops. He is a winner of the Mr. Prospector Stakes (Gr. 3), Smile Sprint Stakes (Gr. 3), Buffalo Man Stakes (Black Type), and Kiss a Native Stakes (Black Type). He’s been close in two big Grade 1 events, finishing 2nd in the Vanderbilt Handicap and Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes last year. The Pegasus Stakes (Gr. 1) in January is the biggest race that he’s participated in. It was a solid run for Diamond Oops against really tough competition to finish 4th.
He’s coming off 2nd place on June 13 in a $55,000 handicap race. Okay effort by Diamond Oops, but it wasn’t enough and he fell by 1 ¼ lengths against Eye of a Jedi. He should be able to bounce back in stronger form on Sunday against this field. Diamond Oops is the most accomplished runner in this field and should run like it.