We are a week removed from the Breeders’ Cup Classic. A lot has changed since that $6,000,000 Grade 1 event. Maximum Security and Authentic both retired, and will head off to relax in the paddocks for the rest of their lives. I know a lot of people would have loved to see Authentic in the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup in February, but you always like to see a horse go out on top in good health.
Authentic will go down as the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner. Hopefully no doping scandal is connected to Bob Baffert and Authentic in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Maximum Security goes out as the horse that could have had a lot more. He was disqualified from the 2019 Kentucky Derby and was in the middle of a doping scandal at the Saudi Cup.
We are coming off a perfect three for three day at Laurel Park on Friday in Maryland. Laurel Park has another card today and we have you covered. We’re also in Florida at the sister racetrack of Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream Park West has nine races on the card worth a total of $418,000. Head below for our free Gulfstream Park West picks for November 14, 2020.
Post Time: 1:04 p.m. EST
We start at Gulfstream Park West with a $33,000 event in Race 2. I’m looking at Paladio and Lamplighter Jack on my shortlist for the event, which covers 6 furlongs on the dirt. Paladio is 2 for 6 in his career, having finished in the top-2 in four of six performances. He’s gone 1st, 2nd, 4th, 2nd in his previous four entries. In two October outings, Paladio finished 4th and 2nd.
In the 4th place run, Paladio didn’t have enough in the $43,000 assignment. He was able to beat two horses, but finished behind three others to fail to get in the top-3. Paladio was able to earn a modest prize of $1,800 for the effort. That doesn’t pay the bills. He returned a few weeks later on October 23 and had a better showing in another $43,000 outing to place 2nd by 3 lengths behind Lamplighter Jack.
Lamplighter Jack was in terrific form for the wire-to-wire win. He was never bothered in that one and was clearly the best horse. Lamplighter Jack has gotten off to a nice start to his career. He has gone 1st, 2nd, 1st in the first three races of his career. Lamplighter Jack was a winner as a first-time runner on August 6 in a $33,500 race at Gulfstream Park.
He followed up for 2nd behind Paladio by a neck in a $38,000 race on September 4, and then Lamplighter Jack got his revenge. This is the rubber-race on Saturday. With Lamplighter Jack in a bit better form right now, I’d ride with the No. 3 horse.
Race 4 – Millions Classic Preview Stakes
Post Time: 2:03 p.m. EST
In one of six $60,000 stakes events at Gulfstream Park West on Saturday, Race 4 covers 1 mile on the dirt. It’s a small field with five horses signed up to participate. I’m looking at Garter and Tie, along with Noble Drama on my shortlist for the race. Both have a decent chance of scoring the top prize in the Millions Classic Preview Stakes. Garter and Tie has been showing nice form recently to show in the top-3 in three stakes Black Type events.
Two of those outings for Garter and Tie were 2nd place finishes. Garter and Tie came 4 ½ lengths away from Cool Arrow in the $60,000 Opening Lead Stakes in August, and then most recently on September 26, Garter and Tie placed 2nd behind Noble Drama by a length in the $60,000 Florida Sire Wildcat Heir Stakes. This has been a nice run for Garter and Tie to get his confidence back.
Prior to those three races, Garter and Tie had gone 5th, 9th, 7th, 7th, 4th in his previous five outings. One was a Grade 2 and another a Grade 3 event, so we can forgive Garter and Tie for those performances. This is a class where he has a better chance of success. That said, Garter and Tie must still deal with Noble Drama. Overall, Garter and Tie is 3 for 20 in his career.
Noble Drama enters 7 for 22 in his career. His form has been at its peak, with two straight wins, and in the top-2 in four of his previous five entries. Noble Drama won the $75,000 Benny the Bull Stakes (Black Type) on September 6 over Travy Boy by 2 ½ lengths, and then he followed up for another win in the Florida Sire Wildcat Heir Stakes over Garter and Tie. Similar form will be more than enough for his third straight win.
Race 5 – Juvenile Fillies Sprint Stakes
Post Time: 2:33 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 5 is the next stakes race at Gulfstream Park West on Saturday. This event covers 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $60,000 purse. A slightly bigger field is expected, with six horses signed up to participate in the Black Type race. Briella and Shea D Summer are of some interest to me. Briella is 2 for 3 in her career and in search of a hat-trick on Saturday.
She won on September 12 in a $55,000 5-furlong event as the favorite by a nose over Dem a Wonder. Briella had to fight off Dem a Wonder at the wire, but had clear control of that race from the get-go. She was able to return on October 22 for another winning performance. Briella beat Hara by a neck in another $43,000 assignment.
The concern for Briella going into Saturday is the fact that those two outings were at 5 furlongs. She barely held on in both of those races. How will an extra furlong and a half impact her? She should be able to beat most of these runners, but Shea D Summer will provide a big challenge. Shea D Summer started off her career with a bang, winning her debut run on October 7.
Shea D Summer defeated Dem a Wonder by 1 length at 6 furlongs in a $36,000 event on October 7. Unlike Briella, Shea D Summer got stronger throughout the race instead of weakening. She also has more experience running at longer distances than Briella. It should be a good one, but Shea D Summer should prevail.