Saffie Joseph is the leading trainer at Gulfstream Park during the current term which began last Thursday. He has two chances to add to his tally of four wins from nine starts at the latest fixture today and both his runners are favourites. So Charming (15.08) and Take Charge Dude (15.39) can help the trainer improve his current strike rate of 36% at Gulfstream Park since April 2. Over half his runners in that spell have been placed and Joseph has won $46,460 in purses.
Tyler Gaffalione has ridden most winners at the track at fixtures over the last seven days. The jockey has recorded 13 wins from 33 rides so his strike rate is 39%. He has made the places in 61% of the races he has contested and won $218,060 in prize money. Gaffalione has seven rides over the 10 race card and two of those horses have leading claims on the form and ratings. Beasaichi (14.05) and Carolyn’s Smile (14.36) give Gaffalione genuine prospects to increase his total of wins.
Joseph’s shortest priced runner is Take Charge Dude in the Optional Claimer on fast dirt over five furlongs and 110 yards. Travy Boy is not far behind the selection on ratings and Phish Fan has won two similar races in his last five starts. Take Charge Dude won a much better race at the track in December and can confirm that form by winning this race at -110 with bet365.
So Charming is vying for favouritism with Algodonal in a Claiming race over five furlongs for fillies aged three and older. Algodonal is a horse in form who has finished in the first four in three races this season. The Official Rating (OR) puts him a few pounds behind So Charming. In fact, La Uncondicional has better credentials and was a beaten favourite last time out. Even so, So Charming is the horse to back at +300 with Ladbrokes.
Beasaichi is Gaffalione’s most promising ride in a second fillies’ Claiming race for horses aged three and older over one mile. The horse has not finished outside the frame in three starts and was beaten as the favourite in a slightly better race at the track in March. Days Of Spring has the higher rating but the horse was only seventh in her last race 8 days ago, also at Gulfstream Park. That means Beasaichi can give the jockey a winner and that outcome is +400 with Coral.
If Beasaichi doesn’t do the business, Gaffalione has a Plan B. Carolyn’s Smile is the second favourite for the fourth race of the day, another Claimer for fillies, this time over six furlongs on dirt. Bird Map is the best horse in the race on ratings, even though she has not finished better than fourth in three starts. Quiet Company has the most experience but not won any of her last six races. That means you can take a chance with Carolyn’s Smile and back the horse at +275 with Ladbrokes.