The race offers 50-20-10-5 Road to the Kentucky Derby points to the top four finishers. That 50-point bonanza to the winner means whoever crosses the wire first is virtually guaranteed a spot in the Kentucky […]
$100,000 Old Hat First of Five Stakes at Gulfstream Park
The $100,000 Grade 3 Old Hat is the first of five stakes races on the card at Gulfstream Park January 3, as a field of eight three year-old fillies are set to contest the six furlong event on the main track.
Todd Pletcher trains the 7/5 morning line favorite, Fashion Alert, who began her career with a pair of stakes wins including the Grade 3 Schuylerville, before finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Alcibiades. The return to six furlongs after failing in the mile and one sixteenth Alcibiades should be a positive for Fashion Alert, who has trained steadily since late November for her return. Fashion Alert should break smartly from the rail under regular pilot John Velazquez.
Temper Mint Patty tries to get back on track
4/1 second choice, Temper Mint Patty flashed ability winning her first two starts as a two-year-old including a win in the Joe A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont. She followed those efforts, however, with a pair of disappointing stakes outings to finish the year. The Dale Romans trainee will try to rebound in the Old Hat, and appears to be working well at Gulfstream. Temper Mint Patty will break from post six under jockey Corey Lanerie.
Ekati's Phaeton looking for improve
Ekati’s Phaeton (9/2) will likely need to improve off her second place finish in the House Party Stakes at Gulfstream West November 29 to challenge her Old Hat foes. Trained by William Kaplan, Ekati’s Phaeton has posted two wins in four career starts.
The field is set for the 2019 Preakness Stakes, and looking at the 13 rivals on paper is enough to make any serious handicapper's mouth water. There's simply a ton of betting value here.
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The defending champ is back in the field for the 2016 Arlington Million on Saturday, but he's being overshadowed by a strong group of foreign invaders.