Horse Racing Picks by Dietz for Gulfstream Park – Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021

Happy New Year to all. Let’s get the year started off with a bang.

Race 4 – THE DIANA BEACH – TURF

2 – KENTUCKY PHAROAH – Leparoux/Sisterton. 79 Beyer last out was impressive. Will be on the front end, but will have company. He improves off that 79 Beyer and he will be tough.

3 – CAVE HILL – Jose Ortiz/Walsh. Lone closer in a race with some pace. Jose is back and riding well. Won two in row coming in.

4 – LIKE A SALT SHAKER – Irad/Riveli. Trainer hits at 36% off the claim. Drops in class huge. Major threat to win it all.


Race 8 – TURF

1 – PLEASE THE PHARAOH – Bravo/KImmel. Long shot here that I find appealing. Great breeding (AMERICAN PHAROAH – $320,000), second time out and adds blinkers. I think this one will come running late.

5 – FLORIFORM – Johnny V/Mott. One of two Mott entries in here. Third race of the form cycle, but first try on turf. Exotics only.

6 – CREW DRAGON – Alvarado/Mott. Nobody had been hotter than this combo the last week. Horse can rate and close, third race of the cycle coming in top three both starts. Top 3 for sure.

9 – PRAYER BOOK – Irad/Pletcher. Paid $500,000 for this horse out of UNCLE MO. Should have no problem with distance, but not a big fan of maidens going two turns. Exotics.


Race 9 – THE GINGER BREW – TURF

This will be a good betting race. Pay attention to the odds.

1 – OYSTER BOX – Alvarado/Motion. Second time out with a 74 Beyer in debut. Stretches out from 6F to a mile after closing to win.

3 – HONEY PANTS – Irad/Clement. Beyers go up and up; 37, 70 and 84. Is a front runner who will have to hold on. Cautious.

4 – INTHEWINNERSCIRCLE – Johnny V/Casse. Third race of the form cycle with a solid second time out to come closing to win. Should improve. Top 3

5 – KARAKATSIE – Bravo/De La Cerda. This horse intrigues me alot. Second time out with a 69 Beyer in debut. Ran 1 mile in 1:35. That beats all horse in here by far. He improves off that and look out. Nice odds.

7 – DESIGNER READY – Saez/Minshall. Deep closer who is also second time out. Solid 68 Beyer in debut on turf. Should also improve and this rider is hot look out.

TOP 3 – KARAKATSIE, DESIGNER READY, INTHEWINNERSCIRCLE


Long shot of the day

Race 8 – PLEASE THE PHAROAH


Most likely to win

Race 5 – LUCIFERS LAIR


PICK 4 – Races 8-11

Race 8 – 1, 5, 6, 9, 12

Race 9 – 1, 3, 5, 6, 7

Race 10 – 5, 10

Race 11 – 4, 8

Good luck and thanks for horse Dietz!

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