by Jeff Siegel
June 17, 2020
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Gulfstream Park – 2nd Race. Post time: 12:30 ET.
8 – Heavenly Blessing (4-1)
Ran much better than the line will show in his debut three weeks ago when finishing a willing third (beaten just over three lengths) before galloping out in front past the clubhouse turn. In that race, the son of Young Brien was forced to steady inside in close quarters when vying for the early lead, lost his action, took plenty of dirt behind a wall of horses when angling off the rail, and then finished with interest, all of this happening in a four and one-half furlong dash. The R. Rodriguez-trained juvenile gets an extra half furlong to work with today, so with a clean break and clear sailing we’re expecting the Florida-bred colt to earn his diploma in a similar maiden claiming $25,000 affair for 2-year-olds.
Delaware Park – 3rd race. Post time: 2:15 ET.
8 – Royal Collection (12-1)
Intriguing first-time starter has trained like she’s ready to win right off the bat for trainer A. Delacour, who employs “go-to” rider D. E. Centeno (29%) in this mile turf maiden affair for fillies and mares. The daughter of Munnings was produced by the multi graded stakes winning grass mare My Princess Jess, so it’s understandable that she begins her career in this type of race. Her work tab is good – she’s been breezing in company with her older multiple-stakes winning barn mate Eons – so at 12-1 on the morning line (she’ll go lower) this talented 3-year-old filly offers considerable value in the straight pool and in rolling exotic play.
Delaware Park – 6th race. Post time: 3:45 ET.
2 - Skol Factor (5-1)
Missed by a neck in his debut to Belmont Stakes-bound Pneumatic and then as expected crushed a maiden field at 4/5 in his next outing in a fast, highly-rated race while being geared down in the final 70 yards. By The Factor (and therefore bred to handle turf) out of a mare by Tiznow (and therefore bred to handle two-turns), the 3-year-old gelding from the M. Robertson barn (28% with stretch-out plays) lands a good inside post and could easily inherit the role as the controlling speed. He’s a major play at anywhere near his morning line at 5-1 (he’ll go lower) in addition to being a logical rolling exotic single.