by Eddie Olczyk
January 8, 2021
Here are my key plays for a trio of races along the east coast on Saturday. We'll finish up with a longshot price late in the day at Gulfstream.
GULFSTREAM PARK RACE 7 (3:15PM ET) //MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 1 MILE (DIRT)
#6 SOUND MONEY (4/1 ML)
The last work for Chad Brown's 3-year colt says "go time." See that move for yourself in our exclusive XBTV Workout library, where he drills in company with today's Gulfstream Race 5 maiden special weight entrant Untreated. Sound Money did not like the off track in his last start, and should be up close to the pace on Saturday. He had a good debut run 2 races back at Churchill on a fast track, and the forecast is for sunny skies in South Florida.
AQUEDUCT RACE 8 (3:50PM ET) // ALLOWANCE // 6 FURLONGS (DIRT)
#3 MY ROXY GIRL (4/1 ML)
I believe she cannot win on the front end like she tried when going a mile, but can from off the pace while turning back to 6 furlongs. Hoping jockey Eric Cancel (her 7th different rider in her last 8 starts) sits and makes 1 run. There's plenty of pace in this race to run down.
GULFSTREAM RACE 11 (5:21PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (TURF)
#8 LA PINTA (15/1 ML)
Hey, that last race was bad and the race running line looks even worse -- even if from an outside post position. She's still fairly outside in here Saturday, but there are some positives to look at with this longshot. Her first career race was good. She races first-time Lasix Saturday. A warm Junior Alvarado jumps in the saddle and they'll have some pace to run into. This is the type of horse who can really pump up exotics at a good number. I'm thinking her odds could be as high as 20-1 off that last bad race.
Good luck and Happy New Year as well!